Tesco has achieved an “impressive” reduction in food waste in the Czech Republic, according to a report to the UN

We have made progress towards achieving the goal of halving food waste by 2030, but not at a pace, says the United Nations Champions 12.3 Annual Report, composed of global leaders in the food industry.

The annual report prepared for representatives of governments, private businesses and NGOs acknowledges, among other things, Tesco's great efforts and excellence in reducing food waste in Central Europe. It gives it to others as an example that measurement and transparency pay off.

According to the report, more governments and companies need to adopt an action plan on food waste and target measures and commit to publishing data on food waste if the world is to reach the UN 12.3 sustainable development target in a timely manner.

Tesco's recent success in combating food waste in its operations in Central Europe proves that the 'target, measure, act' approach works. Tesco in the Czech Republic reduced food waste by 55% in just two years since the first publication of data on food waste. This means achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 within its own operation 11 years earlier. The report describes this reduction as 'impressive'.

Every year, a third of food is wasted worldwide. That's 1.3 billion tons of food thrown out each year. A meal that cost time, energy and money. Foods that could and should be better used. In any case, this amount of waste is unacceptable. If you are considering the moral and environmental impact of food waste, it is even sadder.

“The reason for reducing food waste is indisputable. One third of all food produced in the world is not consumed and thrown away, while every ninth person on the planet suffers from hunger. Taking the total amount of wasted food as an independent country, it would be the third largest producer of greenhouse gases after China and the US. We cannot wait, we must act now, ”   Invites Dave Lewis, CEO of Tesco Group and Champions President 12.3.

Tesco was the first retailer in Central Europe to publish food waste data in 2017. Today, this commitment is followed by five major suppliers of Tesco's own brand products in Central Europe who have also pledged to publish data on their food waste.

“Although Tesco's food waste represents only 0.95% of revenue, we are committed to doing everything we can to solve the problem.

For this reason, we have improved our forecasting and ordering processes, introduced a food donation program, thanks to which last year we donated more than 2.5 million portions of meals to local charities in the Czech Republic and began to donate food suitable as animal feed; and we stopped the "1 + 1 Free" promotion for fruits and vegetables.

We also work with our suppliers to minimize food waste in the supply chain, and support our growers with the imperfect - curvy vegetables and fruits that we offer in our Perfectly Imperfect product line. We want to ensure that good food is not wasted. Since 2017, we have sold more than 3 million Perfectly Imperfect products, ” adds Patrik Dojčinovič, Tesco Managing Director for the Czech Republic.

Wasting food is too big a problem for one company to deal with. Tesco therefore calls on other food businesses to commit to halving global food waste by 2030 and to publish their food waste data. This will help set up the correct measurement of food waste in all countries.

The whole Champions 12.3 report can be read here:   https://champions123.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/champions-12-3-2019-progress-report.pdf

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