Little Helps Plan report 2018/2019.

Tuesday 21st May, 2019

Hi everyone,

Last week, the annual Little Helps Plan update was published at a group level demonstrating the real progress that’s being made across our business to make Tesco a more sustainable business into the future. If you haven’t already, please take some time to read it here.

In Ireland, we’ve made solid progress under the three pillars of the plan – People, Product and Places – and it’s through this plan that we’re delivering one of our three core values, ‘Every little help makes a big difference’.


Here’s an update on our key highlights:


We want to help our colleagues to succeed by providing them with the flexibility, skills and reward to get on.


Over the past twelve months we have:

  • Introduced Smarter Working and Flexible Working practices in the Office
  • Provided all stores colleagues with their rosters 4 weeks in advance
  • Awarded an annual bonus to all eligible colleagues
  • Relaunched our Graduate Programme to hire new young talent
  • Launched our Diversity & Inclusivity Council to continue to build an inclusive culture at Tesco along with celebrating Pride and International Women’s Day
  • Signed up to the 30% Club to demonstrate our commitment to achieving a better gender balance in our business
  • Held our first Opportunities to Get On event to help colleagues to understand all of the ways in which they can ‘get on’ in Tesco
  • Continued to support colleagues to lead healthier lives through our health events and the launch of our new benefit, Gympass.




On Packaging we want to ensure that we never use more packaging than is needed, and that what we do use is from sustainable sources and goes on to be re-used or recycled.

This year we announced our intention across Tesco own brand products to:

  • Ensure our packaging will be fully recyclable by 2025
  • Remove hard to recycle materials by the end of 2019
  • Ensure all paper and board used will be 100% sustainable by 2025
  • Halve packaging weight by 2025

We continue to tackle the issue of Food Waste in our business as we work towards our goal to help halve food waste, from farm to fork, by 2030. Last year we reduced the overall level of surplus food in our business by 7% and continued to donate surplus food to those in need through our partnership with FoodCloud, with 7 million meals donated since 2014.

On Health we continued to support our colleagues through our quarterly health events focused on physical, mental and financial health. We also continued on our reformulation programme, looking at ways in which we can make our own label food and drink product healthier by reducing calories, fat, sugar and salt content without impacting on taste or quality.

And on Sourcing the teams have really building trusted partnerships with our suppliers with supplier viewpoint at an all time high, and focusing on the sustainable sourcing of our products and some of the core ingredients that make them. We’re proud to have achieved our target that 100% of the Palm Oil used in our products is certified as sustainable.



We want to help local communities to thrive by positively contributing to them, both socially and economically.

Through our Community strategy last year we:

  • Supported over 350 local causes with 2million meals through the TescoSurplus Food Donations Programme, powered by FoodCloud
  • Reached €3.7million in donations to over 12,000 local community projects through the Tesco Community Fund
  • Hit the €4.3million milestone in our fundraising for Temple Street enabling them to buy lifesaving medical equipment to treat their patients

All of this progress is supported by brilliant foundation plans which aim to reduce our carbon emissions by sourcing 100% of our electricity through renewable sources, continuing with our ambitious plans to retrofit our lighting across the estate to more energy efficient LEDs, and using more environmentally friendly refrigerant gases too.


All of these little helps really ladder up to Tesco becoming a more sustainable business for our colleagues, customers and communities.

Well done to everyone across the business for what’s been achieved to date and keep up the good work.