The Procter and Gamble Business of Sustainability lecturephotograph

Location: Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SE
Time/Date: 1st May 2012, 17:00 - 19:00

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Tesco's climate change director is set to deliver a sustainability lecture at Newcastle University Business School, to reveal how and why the retailer is tackling climate change within its business model.

As part of its annual, free-to-attend Procter and Gamble ‘Business of Sustainability’ lecture on 1 May, the Business School will welcome Helen Fleming, Climate Change Director at Tesco, as she delivers a speech on why sustainability is increasingly important to a business and its customers. 

The supermarket employs over 500,000 people in 13 countries, and identifies its climate change policy as an essential investment for sustainable business development and growth. 

Tesco has three key carbon reduction targets: to be a zero carbon business by 2050, to reduce the emissions of the products in their supply chain by 30% by 2020, and to help customers reduce their own carbon footprints by 50% by 2020.

Using examples of ordinary shopping list items such as bananas, which Tesco sells 36 million per week, Helen Fleming will discuss the role Tesco plays in engaging different communities and organisations to influence the sustainable life cycle of products - from plantation to supermarket shelf.   She will also focus on how the brand encourages customers to reduce their own carbon footprint: from food waste to the energy efficiency of an alarm clock.

Helen said: “At Tesco our approach to carbon reduction is very much rooted in collaboration and sharing ideas that really work.  As one of the world’s leading retailers we can play a powerful role in tackling climate change, and I’m looking forward to sharing our plans with the Business School.”

Newcastle University Business School’s director of engagement Dr Joanna Berry said:

“To promote an understanding of sustainable practices is a key principle within the Business School.  A wide-range of our academics conduct extensive research into this area, and public-facing events, especially with such global companies, aids the Business School in building its sustainability message to varied audiences.

“We live in a time in which business growth and economic developments can be rapid, and we need to ensure that there is a balance between businesses booming, and the correct resource and sustainable thinking behind such growth for future generations. 

“We are looking forward to Helen’s lecture, and to learn from the lessons of retail giant, Tesco.”

To book a place at the event which will be held on 1 May, at Newcastle University Business School, 17.00-19.00, please click here>

About Helen Fleming

Helen joined Tesco in February 2010 to lead work on meeting its ambitious target to become a zero carbon business by 2050.

She leads a small central team in Tesco’s Corporate and Legal Affairs function, working closely with colleagues across all  the Tesco businesses to develop plans for meeting Tesco’s targets to reduce its direct carbon footprint; to reduce carbon emissions in the products it sells; and to help customers reduce their own footprints.

Before joining Tesco, she had a long career as a civil servant in the UK Government, working in a number of Departments including HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office, the Office of Science and Technology and the Department for Trade and Industry. In these roles she helped develop Government policy on business/ industry matters, science and innovation, skills and energy and environment.

Published: 11th April 2012