Thursday, March 29, 2007

They love (Tesco in the) US. They really love (Tesco in the) US

CNN Money - 10 Green Giants

An interesting and worthy piece; worth noting.

I cant speak for the non UK-based organisations, but was interested to see Tesco at No. 4.

That would be this Tesco, I presume.

I have mentioned to a few folk our leading supermarket's accolade over the pond, and most have replied 'Our Tesco??!'

They may have more than one wind-powered store, but I'm pretty sure they are just trialling it/them. And when you don't spend on electricity from the grid, the money goes where? Bringing mangoes over by air-conditioned camel? Or boosting the bottom line? Just good business.

As to the biodiesel delivery trucks, yes, I read about them, too. They are how many, where and doing what, right now? And biodiesel - that fuel solution with such green support - makes up for shunting food from one end of the county to the other how? Read about the trains thing too. Sounds good. How is it progressing?

As to estimating carbon costs, will these be shared in the same way as they did the on-pack health stats, not by a simple, customer-comprehensible traffic light (as requested by the Food Agency), but by an obscure set of charts no customer can understand, but necessary so they get the full picture? Or simply don't bother as it's all to hard basket.

But it is all better than nothing, so long as it is genuine and not self-interested greenwashing. Hate for those bonuses to be in part not met by weighing profits vs. planet in anything but the best way. Like the bags thing though. Tangible incentives are nifty. I like that idea. Wonder where they go that one from several years ago, but only now seemed moved to act with legislative pressures and potential profit in a pincer action on decisions.

Pledges are good. Don't know about the US, but over here it's a product range that makes tired and overused natural products look better than they really are.


Dave said...

"To ensure that its leadership walks the talk, Tesco now determines senior-management bonuses partly on meeting energy- and waste-reduction targets."

That includes, presumably, ignoring any incoming unsolicited mail, post or telephone call that just might help them to achieve their overall eco-objectives?

Peter said...

These guys are measured mostly by their peers on the basis of who they know, and how many gatekeepers they can place between them and anyone they don't, on account of being 'very busy'.

Actually being open to, much less going out and finding new initiatives, is not how you leap up the corporate ladder.

Dave said...

You are, unfortunately, all too correct. Over the years I've noticed a myriad times that, at least in big organisations, incompetence seems to help one to rise faster to the top than does performance. Consequently, to protect themselves from being found out and hence ousted, the incompetent do, indeed, surround themselves with hordes of gatekeepers whose sole role in life is to make the boss appear 'very busy'.

Bring back Gaius Petronius!