The retailer is among a group of 26 organisations awarded the special status of ‘leaders who advocate and promote the SDGs into their work practices and activities’.
Speaking about the launch, Minister Ryan said, “Now is the time to accelerate action towards achieving the goals, to build back better while leaving no one behind.
“The SDG Champions programme recognises that the SDGs are for everyone, and that everyone can make a contribution to their success. Over 80 organisations applied to take part in the programme this year, underlining the readiness of Irish society to assist in ensuring that Ireland becomes a global leader in achieving the goals.
“Achieving the SDG targets by 2030 is a collective task that cannot be accomplished without partnership. My department looks forward to a successful collaboration with this year’s champions, as we work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda in Ireland.”
Rosemary Garth, communications director, Tesco Ireland, added, “Since 2015, the SDGs have been central to the development of our Environmental Social Governance [ESG] strategy, the framework for our long-term and integrated approach to sustainability.
“As part of our commitment to be carbon neutral in our own group operations by 2035 and net zero across our entire value chain by 2050, we are working to drive improvements at every point in our food system – in our own operations, in our supply chain, and in our customers’ homes.
“Tesco Ireland has a significant opportunity to use our scale to drive a greater awareness of the SDGs across Irish society, and lead by example in how every little help makes a big difference.”