Tesco has announced that it will be adopting the Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) Marque environmental assurance scheme across its entire supply chain.
As a result, the Big 4 grocer is scheduled to have all 14,000 of its growers certified under the LEAF Marque standard by the end of 2022, with its international supply chain set to follow by 2025.
According to the farming organisation, its certification requires farms to employ a holistic businesses approach to fighting climate change through sustainable, “climate-positive” farming.
The retailer reports that the scale of the roll-out is “unprecedented” within LEAF’s existing supply base.
The move follows the supermarket’s commitment earlier this year in partnership with WWF to halve the environmental impact of the average shopping basket.
“It’s vital we do all we can to produce food more sustainably,” Tesco chief production officer Ashwin Prasad said.
“The implementation of the LEAF marque Standard will help drive environmental improvements across thousands of growers and suppliers.
LEAF chief executive Caroline Drummond added: “This is a significant and transformative moment in LEAF’s 30-year history.
“Tesco’s commitment will bring real and lasting changes in food production and offer assurance to consumers that their purchasing decisions are having a positive impact on our climate.
“Together we will continue to ‘raise the bar’ for the good of our planet and future generations.”