Tesco expands hub for supplier collaboration on reducing carbon emissions

Tesco has expanded its online hub, which encourages suppliers to collaborate on reducing their carbon emissions.

The ‘Knowledge Hub’, which is managed by 2degrees is now claimed to be the world’s largest ever on-line collaboration between retail suppliers. 

The Tesco hub is already used by 750 members from 380 different organisations in more than 20 countries, reports 2degrees. 

By the end of 2012 Tesco will have brought the majority of its top 1,000 suppliers into the hub, the company said.  

The collaboration is designed to reduce the energy costs, waste and environmental impacts of the products Tesco buys, ultimately cutting 30% of the carbon emissions from the supply chain by 2020.

The vast majority of the products Tesco sells come from its top 1,000 suppliers and account for most of the CO2.  

Working collaboratively on the Knowledge Hub shows Tesco’s commitment to reducing its environmental impacts whilst growing its business, said 2degrees.

Helen Fleming, climate change director at Tesco, said: “With hundreds of suppliers in many countries, many with expertise in different aspects of sustainability, the best way to make progress is to share knowledge through our supply chains, across the industry, and across national boundaries.” 

Retail Times’s readers can hear what Fleming thinks makes the Hub so interesting in this short video.

Last year, over 30% of Tesco Knowledge Hub members took part in problem-solving discussions; 72% said they found answers to specific challenges; and 85% participated in Knowledge Hub webinars designed to share best practice.  

The hotspot topics covered inside the Knowledge Hub range from energy to water, waste, packaging, logistics, and employee engagement. 

Martin Chilcott, founder and CEO of 2degrees, said: “The remarkable results of the Knowledge Hub on 2degrees in its first year means we can expand the programme to enable all Tesco’s top 1000 suppliers to benefit from the best practice sharing and collaborative problem-solving it enables.”