With a score of 26.5 Tesco is well on the way in sourcing cotton sustainably. Tesco was ranked based on its only clothing and accessories brand, F&F. F&F is a member of the Better Cotton Initiative.
Tesco is working on addressing issues in cotton cultivation in their policy. The F&F brand is a member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and addresses environmental and social issues in cotton cultivation through its membership. F&F aims to source 100% of its cotton from more responsible sources by 2020. The brand bans cotton from Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan from the supply chain. The company does not have specific policies in place to address issues such as the elimination of highly hazardous pesticides, reducing water use or biodiversity in cotton cultivation. Through its membership of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), Tesco will measure water impact over the whole product life-cycle. It is, however, unclear what actions are included and whether these impact the cotton cultivation stage.
Tesco reports the percentage of sustainably sourced cotton for the F&F brand. In 2016, the brand sourced a total of 36,000 metric tonnes of cotton – of which 55% is Better Cotton.
Tesco reports the volume of cotton sourced for its F&F brand. However, information on the total volume of cotton sourced company-wide is lacking. The company does not publish the country origin of this cotton. It publishes all of its tier-1 suppliers for the F&F brand – but no information on the rest of the supply chain.