Tesco is helping to create
a better life for everyone, taking practical steps to protect the
environment, and support projects which make a real difference at
local level to the communities in which we work.
Tesco will be one of a small
number of companies to meet the Government's recommendation on energy
reduction from the Kyoto summit. Climate change caused by
greenhouse gas emissions is a major global threat so we are leading
the way in reducing energy consumption in our stores. Our buildings
are designed and our equipment is chosen to minimise energy use.
We won a Retail Week award for energy awareness,
and continue to run trial installations of environmentally friendly
Our integrated distribution
system is a leader in minimising fuel consumption. This year
we have made progress on backhauling, focusing on achieving efficiencies
in distribution from suppliers to depots. We have developed with
our suppliers state-of-the-art vehicles using a new kind of exhaust
to trap and clean emissions. We intend to expand our existing fleet
of vehicles as city derv, the fuel on which it runs, comes on-line
across the country.
Our support for the community
continues with a special focus on schools. To help celebrate
the millennium, Tesco is the Official Education Sponsor of the Millennium
Experience. We are also sponsoring the Learn zone in the Dome at
Greenwich. This will show-case Tesco SchoolNet 2000, which is already
operating in 15,000 schools.
As part of their school work and linked to the curriculum,
thousands of children are talking to people of all ages to create
a collective website full of ideas and discoveries about life in
their communities. Tesco provides free resources including 340 internet
centres, equipped with computers, cameras and scanners, which can
be used by schools. Forty advisory teachers are on secondment from
education to Tesco to help teachers and pupils get the most out
of the project.
This has been the eighth year of Tesco Computers for
Schools which, to date, has put £44m-worth of computer equipment
into schools across the UK. It is one of the most successful national
cause-related marketing programmes ever.
Our customer focus means that
much of what we do has a very local dimension. We donated
a total of £900,000 in charitable grants and community sponsorship
and we introduced the Tesco Community Awards which benefited 67
local charities. We also raised over £1m across the country for
Help the Aged our 1998 Charity of the Year. Our Charity of the
Year for 1999 is NCH Action for Children. We supported local authority
work in the community by providing customer recycling facilities
at all our stores.
For those without cars or who cannot drive, we invest
£3m a year in free bus services for customers. And to best match
the needs of the community we work closely with local people when
we develop plans for new stores. In the current year, we also led
a 'Seeing is Believing' visit for Business in the Community, taking
business leaders into a Tower Hamlets school to demonstrate how
businesses can best support the communities in which they operate.