04 September 2008 | Jake Kanter
The boss of Tesco has called on the public and private sector to work together to help reduce carbon emissions in supply chains.
Speaking at a retail forum in Beijing last month, Sir Terry Leahy, chief executive of the supermarket, said government and businesses could be more powerful when they work together to tackle climate change issues. He added consumers must also play their part.
"Imagine if all those people acted to cut carbon emissions in all they did. This would be true collective action. The supply chain, and gradually the economy as a whole, would begin to turn green," he said.
The CEO revealed some of Tesco's plans to reduce its carbon footprint, such as ensuring its suppliers cut the number of trips made by empty vans. The supermarket has also worked with clothing vendors in Sri Lanka to develop "green factories", which are solar powered and use recycled water supplies.
"Greening the supply chain is key, given our supply chain's footprint is many times our own. The way to reduce that footprint is with information, dialogue, education."