Pressure groups turn screw on Fresh & Easy.
Tesco, whose Fresh & Easy business goes operational on the West Coast this autumn, has been making great play across the Atlantic of its green and worker-friendly policies.
But the publication of a report by Occidental College criticising its labour and environmental practices has raised concerns that its statements of intent are nothing but rhetoric.
The Alliance for Healthy & Responsible Grocery Stores-made up of 25 groups including political, religious and union bodies--has now asked Tesco to sign a legally binding Community Benefits Agreement, formalising its commitments on fair wages, affordable health benefits and reduction of greenhouse gases.
"Many companies have made a song and dance about being a great employer and a steward of the environment, but then we see little action," said Elliott Petty, retail policy analyst for one of Alliance's member groups. "The community is wary--and weary--of corporations that make hollow promises, so we want Tesco to make a formal commitment."
Tesco, however, has refused to sign. "When we open our stores everyone will be able to decide whether we lived up to our promises," said a spokesman.
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|Date:||Sep 22, 2007|
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