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5 May 2016 - Firstly, thank you for contacting Tesco on this issue. There's nothing more important than our colleagues, so I wanted to set out below our position on pay and reward, and how it relates to the National Living Wage. You may have seen some recent media commentary on pay for our hourly-paid UK colleagues, which has wrongly suggested that the pay deal was agreed so that we could meet the new National Living Wage. This is simply not the case – our pay and benefits package for all colleagues was already above the Living Wage and we continue our commitment to pay colleagues in the top 25% of their peer group. Earlier this year, we confirmed a pay award of up to 3.1% for 2016/17, from July 2016. The new deal was developed in partnership with USDAW, who described our new total reward package for Tesco colleagues as “one of the best in retail” and a “significant investment in pay and benefits.” As part of this deal, we agreed a simpler and fairer pay structure for the future, including one approach to premiums for everyone. While over 85% of colleagues will be better off, we recognise that some colleagues will be impacted in different ways. That's why we’re supporting colleagues who see a net reduction in their take home pay with a lump sum payment worth 18 months of the difference. Our total reward includes benefits and incentives, which includes awarding a Full UK Turnaround Bonus for over a quarter of a million colleagues; fairer and more generous holiday calculations; a second Privilege discount card and more. Taken together this means we are investing £137m more in pay and benefits this year and reinvesting a further £38m from our existing payroll, ensuring that we not only continue to offer one of the highest pay and benefits packages in retail, but one that is fair to all colleagues. Once again, thank you for raising awareness of this important issue. Best wishes, Matt Davies Tesco UK and Ireland CEORead more

7 years ago
Hello Everyone Thanks for your emails to our office about disabled trolleys, and for letting us know how strongly you feel about this subject. I greatly appreciate that you've all come to us with your feedback, and I'm keen to address the issue from Tesco's perspective. Our customers are the most important part of our business, and we want to make each and every shopping trip something to be remembered. First impressions count, and most customers want to get a trolley that meets their needs before the shopping experience has even begun. This being the case, we currently have a range of different types of trolley available across our stores, and I'm pleased to say that specialist disabled trolleys are indeed one of them. Depending on the format and size, each of our Super and Extra stores are equipped with up to 5 small wheelchair trolleys, 7 large wheelchair trolleys and up to 3 specialist disabled child trolleys with large seat. We also feel it's important that our trolley fleet is regularly maintained, to make sure that they're safe, clean, and in good working order for our customers. In addition to this, stores from Metro format all the way up to the large Extra stores, are all issued with standard wheelchairs, with most Superstores and all Extra stores also having mobility scooters available too. Feedback is taken seriously at Tesco, and I'd like to assure everyone that your passion for this subject is very well received. I hope that I've managed to provide some further insight about our commitment to Tesco being accessible to all. If Ms Aileen Kiernan that created the petition would like to get in touch with me directly, advising which specific stores have raised her concern, I'd be more than happy to look into this. I can be contacted on - please put FAO Ewan Small in the subject line. Thank you once again for contacting our office. Kind regards Ewan Small Customer Service ExecutiveRead more

9 years ago
Dave Lewis, Tesco
Over 500 million plastic straws are produced in the US alone every single day, only to be used for a few minutes before being thrown in the bin or littered. Eventually, millions of these straws end up in our oceans,  harming our sea life - as seen in a cringe-inducing video that's gone viral, where a team of scientists pull an entire plastic straw from the nostril of a sea turtle whilst it winces in pain and bleeds. Whilst our fast food restaurants like Mcdonalds and Wetherspoons are being called on, Tesco is the market leader of supermarkets in the UK and are responsible for selling huge amounts of plastic straws. They've already taken positive steps to combat plastic waste; this year announcing they would switch their plastic cotton bud stems to paper - now it's time for us to tell Tesco to lead the way again and switch out plastic straws to one of the many alternative and environmentally friendly options.  Whilst straws are a necessity to some people, there are several alternatives to plastic straws that can be sold in our supermarkets instead, such as paper, bamboo or metal straws which can be reused or recycled, and don't end up in our oceans and landfill as plastic waste. It is said, there are enough plastic straws to wrap around the earth's circumference 2.5 times a day, and if we don't act fast enough, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050. Tesco hold the power in their hands to step up and lead the way as the market leader of supermarkets. Please sign this petition to tell Tesco to stop selling disposable plastic straws and instead offer an environmentally friendly alternative and start saving wildlife. Let's put the pressure on and make them ditch the plastic!  Sincerely, ClareRead more

Clare JonesBristol, United Kingdom
Around one billion chickens are slaughtered for meat each year in the UK. The vast majority are kept in poor conditions. They are made to grow so fast that they can suffer heart attacks and many have leg problems from struggling to carry their own weight. This is why I’m calling on the UK’s biggest supermarket Tesco to sign up to the Better Chicken Commitment. Five years ago I took part in a campaign to improve welfare for meat chickens - also known as broiler chickens - but nothing has changed. They don’t even have enough space to do what is natural to them like flap their wings properly and move around freely. This isn’t a fair way to treat an intelligent creature that feels pain and has emotions. The RSPCA and other animal protection groups across Europe are asking food businesses to put into practice a new set of standards called the Better Chicken Commitment which will improve life for billions of chickens, by setting higher standards for things like space, natural light and more humane methods of slaughter. Tesco is the UK's largest retailer and their spend on intensive indoor chicken meat is more than Asda and Morrisons combined. A change in policy by Tesco would have the biggest impact on the lives of broiler chickens - over 380 million animals would benefit every year! Please sign my petition to help improve the lives of billions of chickens.Read more

Georgina HoldingLondon, United Kingdom
Procter & Gamble, Lil-Lets , Essity , Kimberly-Clark, Tesco, Sainsbury, Morrisons , Aldi , Lidl , Superdrug, Boots, The Co-Operative, Walmart, Carefree
Mainstream period products can contain up to 90% plastic. They are made in their billions, are used for 4-8 hours, disposed of and then take over 500 years to break down. That's over 7 times the average lifetime of the person using them, meaning if Jane Austen had used them they would still be decomposing today! [1] The plastic pollution conversation is heavily dominated by items like bags and bottles , meaning period products don’t get spoken about, yet they are the fifth most common item found on Europe’s beaches. They are more commonly found than straws and coffee cups! [2] They contribute to the extraction of fossil fuels and after being used are incinerated, sent to landfill or pollute the environment. It is estimated that 50% of UK users wrongly dispose of tampons and pads down the toilet, resulting in a massive 1.5-2 billion being flushed each year. When this happens, they enter the sewerage system and if they are not captured, they end up in our rivers, flow into the sea and wash up on our beaches. [3] They contribute to ocean plastic pollution and overtime their plastic content breaks down into smaller pieces, known as micro-plastics and fibres. This poses a further threat to vital eco-systems where they can enter the food chain, even crabs in the River Thames have been found with period pad plastic in their stomachs. This use of plastic in menstrual products is totally unnecessary and their harmful environmental impacts are completely avoidable, which is why myself and over 247,000 supporters are calling on manufacturers and retailers to take responsibility and bring about change by removing plastic from their period products.With so many companies producing eco-friendly tampons and pads without plastic  - some since the 1980s - it is obvious that big brands can do the same, and there is no excuse for them not to. It is crucial that we bring about change so that these essential products are inflicting minimum damage.  This petition covers tampons, applicators, pads/towels, wrappers and packaging.  Campaign results to date:- Sainsbury's, Aldi, Superdrug , and Lil-Lets have stopped the production of their plastic tampon applicators, a move collectively saving over 28 tonnes of plastic annually!- Before the campaign there was no access to eco-friendly tampons, pads or reusable products in supermarkets, now they are available in most supermarkets and retailers, this is so important as it gives customers true access to choice.- Lil-Lets, Superdrug, and Morrisons have reacted to the campaign by launching and developing their own eco-friendly ranges!- Decision makers have stepped into the reusable market, Lil-Lets have launched a reusable applicator, and Bodyform have launched period pants, and their parent brand Essity also included Tena in the move with incontinence underwear. Please sign, share and together let's break the plastic cycle, period!  Thank you for supporting the campaign! Ella :) Campaign hashtag: #EndPeriodPlastic Twitter: @ella_daish Instagram: @elladaish Facebook: @elladaish1 When the campaign isn’t taking focused action on a decision maker, you can still get involved and support it! Here are some steps: Signing and sharing the campaign! Print off the campaign QR code and put it on notice boards at your schools, universities, and local shops.  Starting conversations with those around you. Many are still unaware that these products contain plastic; by speaking about it and spreading the word, you are raising much-needed awareness! Take direct action by opting for eco-friendly period products, this is a positive step and will show manufacturers through consumer demand that we don’t want them to contain plastic! Get in touch with your local shop and ask them to stock eco-friendly products and if they sell tampons with plastic applicators ask them to swap them for alternatives like cardboard applicators. If you find period plastic polluting the environment, please take a picture and post it on social media using the campaign hashtag #EndPeriodPlastic! Take a picture of yourself holding a sign in support of the campaign and post it online using the hashtag #EndPeriodPlastic. The campaign had a day of action doing this, there is more information here. Campaign features in date order:Marie Claire: Guardian: Ecologist: Observer (Lil-Lets Demo): (Year of the Plastic-free Period): USA: (Sainsbury's): Green Pod: Online:  Videos:Film about the campaign called 'The Making of an Activist' : References: [1] Plastic Periods:[2] European Commission (Page 11)  [3] Institution of Environmental Sciences (Page 19) more

Ella DaishBrighton, ENG, United Kingdom
My name is Oscar, I’m 15 and I want to do everything I can to protect our environment. I was really upset and angry when I found out about the huge deforestation that is involved in the palm oil industry, and that’s why I’m calling on Tesco to ditch palm oil from their own-brand products. Iceland has already banned palm oil from their own brand products, so we know that this is possible for Tesco too. As the largest supermarket in the UK (and using over 40,000 tonnes of palm oil every year!), Tesco has an opportunity to set an example to other supermarkets and food producers that destroying swathes of forests for palm oil is not acceptable. I run a online cause called ‘Justice4Earth’ (@justice4earth on Instagram and @justice4earth on Twitter) where I raise awareness about environmental issues. I found out that palm oil is literally everywhere: from shampoos, toothpastes and detergents to sandwiches, chocolate, biscuits and biofuel. And it’s one of the most environmentally-damaging industries: this is because the production of palm oil means trees are destroyed - in 2015 alone it was responsible for the clearing of over 66,000 square miles of rainforest worldwide. The global hotspot for palm oil production is Indonesia, where the clearing of rainforest for plantations (at a rate of one football field every 20 seconds!) is driving many animals such as the Orangutan into extinction. Tackling the palm oil industry is critical in saving our rainforests. Tesco should remove palm oil from their own-brand products, and only reintroduce it when there is a legitimate, environmentally sustainable palm oil product. Please sign my petition to call on Tesco to ditch palm oil and find an environmentally sustainable alternative.Read more

Oscar GlancyTaunton, ENG, United Kingdom
Government advice is for over 70s to self isolate for 12 weeks from around the 21st of March. Many people over 70 do not have family or friends who can bring them groceries, or their family may become unwell and be unable to deliver food to them because of their own self isolation.  Some supermarkets have minimum spends and delivery costs which would be considered high for people over 70, especially if they are shopping for only one person. For example, some Asda deliveries require a £45 minimum spend, and delivery itself can cost up to £6 depending on the time slot. This is a lot to spend, especially when they may just need some fresh food delivered every week or so, and are not doing a large shop. Please sign this petition to ask supermarkets to lower minimum spends and discount delivery charges for people over 70 during this time. The supermarkets would need to decide what is feasible, but it would be great to see a £1 or £2 maximum delivery charge for people over 70, and the minimum spend lowered to £20 or lower if possible. I know supermarkets will suffer because of this, but in the long-term, they will gain new over 70 customers who might not have otherwise shopped online. They will also earn the respect and support of other younger shoppers who are pleased to see supermarkets doing the right thing. Please sign and share this to help make supermarket delivery accessible to those who need it most at this time.Read more

Tara WestUnited Kingdom
Sainsbury, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Lidl, Theresa May MP, Zac Goldsmith, aldi, MORRISONS, asda
My name is Bella Lack and I'm a 15 year old conservationist determined to help cease the large-scale decimation of the rain forests in Borneo and Sumatra- which are home to the Orangutan (who share 97% of our DNA). Palm Oil: a ubiquitous oil found in over 50% of all packaged products on the supermarket shelves. It is packed into pizza, makeup, chocolate, margarine, shampoo, noodles, bread, crisps, detergent, ice cream and many more products... With 5 football fields of rainforest being cut down EVERY second, we simply cannot continue in this reckless and egocentric fashion. This trail of rampant destruction that we leave in our wake is driving species such as the orang-utan, Asian elephant, tigers, leopards and many more to extinction. Orangutans have endured life, unchanged and consistent in their home of rich greens and exoticism for over a million years. While we have enrolled in brutal battles, created flying machines and populated the world, sprawling across the continents, they have settled in the rain forests, being representatives and stewards of their home, dispersing seeds and ensuring the continuation of the forest, procreating, fabricating their families and perfecting the art of survival. All of this effort done composedly, with slow deliberate movements and resourceful, inventive minds, only for us to bulldoze into their home with acrid smoke and burning flames because we want some oil to add texture to our snacks... With the Orangutan predicted to go extinct within the next 10 years, we have no time to procrastinate.  Moreover, cutting down such large swathes of rainforest is a great contributor to climate change. Furthermore, isn't it time we realise that once all the trees are cut down and the animals have been driven to extinction, the money derived from our greed will be of no use. We will also go extinct unless we hurriedly make a concerted effort to shift our unsustainable approach. Last month, Iceland became the first UK supermarket to ditch palm oil from its own brand products. This was a commendable leap towards greater sustainability and has proved to consumers and other retail brands alike, that it is possible to eradicate this substance from products. It is possible for sustainable Palm Oil to be produced, however, at the moment, the line defining sustainability is blurry and undefined. It is unclear whether organisations that are supposed to be promoting sustainability have had much influence on what actually has been happening in the field as 'forests continue to be torn down and local people shunted to jail for protesting the taking of their land.' It's time that we ensure our voices as consumers are not disregarded. This is not a problem that we can delay until we have the resources available, we need to act NOW otherwise we will be left staring at barren deserts devoid of life, wondering where the richly-biodiverse forest went. (Furthermore, Palm Oil is so high in saturated fats that it increases your chance of developing metabolic disease, liver disease, and cardiovascular disease.  'Appetite for Destruction features the filmmaker, Michael Dorgan, participating in a groundbreaking new experiment, led by a group of Swedish scientists, in which they compare eating muffins containing large amounts of palm oil to eating muffins with an equal amount of sunflower oil each day. The relative impact on human health is surprising. In the film, Michael has a healthy 4.6 percent body fat when he starts the experiment. Just a few weeks into the study, after eating palm oil every day, his body fat jumps to 7.4 percent (nearly doubled), which adds two kilograms of fat to his body and results in a kilo of muscle loss.')Read more

Bella LackRichmond, ENG, United Kingdom
Tesco, ASDA, Domino's, McDonald's, Subway, MORRISONS
Around 60 billion chickens are reared for meat each year with 40 billion of these chickens being raised in huge, crowded sheds or cramped cages. Many of the chickens actually live in a space smaller than a A4 piece of paper.A factory farmed chicken lives on an average of 42 days to 12 weeks instead of up to 10 years. This means that meat chickens are still chicks when they are slaughtered and they are bred to grow unnaturally fast. They are kept in dismal conditions and suffer painful heart, skin, lung and bone problems as well as stress.Around 2,000 meat chickens are slaughtered every second around the world. The Better Chicken Commitment is a set of criteria for improving the lives of chicken's raised for meat. These standards were agreed by a group of leading animal protection organisations such as RSPCA, Compassion in World Farming, World Animal Protection and The Humane League UK in 2018.Only five percent of chicken on supermarket shelves meets the Better Chicken Commitment. Waitrose and Marks and Spencer's are committed to meeting the Better Chicken Commitment on all of their own brand chicken by 2026. However, Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Sainsbury, Asda and Morrisons are still yet to fully commit.It is time for our local supermarkets and fast food restaurants to back better standards for chickens and to start making a difference!Sign this petition to demand change for chickens.Read more

Tori DicksonPortsmouth, United Kingdom
Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose , Lidl, Coop Food, Iceland, Marks & Spencer, asda, aldi, MORRISONS
We at the Free the Banana movement want to ask the UK's major supermarkets to stop selling bananas in plastic packaging! We lie at a crossroads, where if we continue to use plastics to the degree we do, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050... Bananas do not belong in plastic bags! Their skins are their own natural wrappers, that protect the banana from damage; they come in bunches, so don't need a bag to aid their carrying or storage; and everyone can judge how ripe a banana is, so losing use-by dates would not be an issue. What's more, bananas sold in bags are more expensive per kilogram than loose ones! Need more convincing?  In the UK, every year we consume 5 billion bananas! That's roughly 10kg per person, or 20 bunches, or...1 billion bags of bananas! These plastic bags alone equate to just under 2,000 tonnes of plastic each year, or 165 full double-decker buses!  This must be stopped. Sign this petition and we can ask, as a nation, our supermarkets to make this simple and sustainable change to Free the Banana, and ditch pointless plastic packaging! Thank you,  Will     Read more

William FarrDurham, ENG, United Kingdom
Sainsbury, Tesco
We were told that we would have to start paying 5p per plastic bag as a deterrent for us to use plastic bags. That price is now up to 20p in Sainsbury’s. What is the money being spent on? People haven’t stopped needing shopping bags. Why has the money not been put into developing an alternative to plastic bags? Compostable bags are available at the checkouts in Co-op. So why have the other supermarkets not done this? I think this is something that all shops should be doing. Not charging for bags. Because if you don’t have a bag with you, then 20p is not a deterrent. But to make it illegal for plastic bags to be produced when there are other options available will cause less damage to the planet.  It takes hundreds of years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill site. The majority of the plastic that enters our oceans comes from the land. Plastic bags are killing marine animals. That quick trip to the shop without taking a reusable bag with you has an impact on the environment which could easily be avoided if supermarkets provided compostable bags instead of plastic bags. Plastic straws are no longer given out in pubs, restaurants and cafes. The next step is for supermarkets to stop providing plastic bags.  Read more

Kirsty WarburtonStaines-upon-Thames, ENG, United Kingdom
Sainsbury, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Tesco, MORRISONS, asda, aldi, Lidl
My name is Lexi and I am 8 years old. I worry about the environment, especially about the amount of plastic polluting our world. One of the things that makes me feel better is making sure that me and my family are recycling any plastic that comes with our food and deliveries. The sad thing is, a lot of that plastic is non-recyclable, which means it either goes into the sea and rivers or into landfills where it will take a very, very long time to break down. Not all shops are bad at this - some deliveries we get come wrapped in paper, and even use paper tape, so that everything can be recycled. But I have noticed that supermarkets are not so good. A lot of food comes wrapped in clear plastic, and it is almost always not recyclable. I've also had lots of useless plastic coat hangers delivered with my clothes, that I would never use.  I think supermarkets have already made a really big change by getting people to stop using plastic bags to carry their shopping in. That makes me think they can also stop using non-recyclable packaging. Please help me make a little change, that might have a big result.  Thank you so much, Lexi  Read more

Abigail PopeUnited Kingdom