Tesco joins Global Coffee Platform

Global Coffee Platform (GCP) has announced British multinational grocery chain Tesco as the first retailer in the United Kingdom to join the platform. “Tesco is now part of a collective purpose. We need to work together with both [the] public and private sector to address key threats like climate change but also towards entire sector sustainability,” GCP Executive Director Annette Pensel says. Tesco says it has strengthened its sustainability work in other commodities, such as tea, banana and cocoa, and now aims to bring its coffee to a similar level. “We’re keen to use this platform to share [our] knowledge with other industry players, identify gaps and start collaborating and moving the industry [forward] together,” says Pauline Vaskou, Responsible Sourcing Manager for Coffee at Tesco. This is reflected in their Little Helps Plan, which seeks to enable customers to enjoy good quality and sustainable products at affordable prices. This has been primarily done through a combination of both Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade certification. “Rainforest Alliance commends Tesco for their commitment to sustainably grown coffee, among other commodities, thereby helping drive the well-being of farmers and farm communities,” says Marcel Clement, Director of Markets Transformation at Rainforest Alliance and Global Coffee Platform Board Member. “We are especially proud to be working with Tesco to move all their uncertified coffee towards Rainforest Alliance certification to drive even greater impact.”  Tesco is the third-largest retailer in the world measured by gross revenues and ninth-largest retailer in the world measured by revenues.

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