As part of sustainable development, TUCO aims to embed sustainability within all functions of the business. This means making the necessary decisions now to realise our vision of stimulating economic growth, maximising wellbeing and protecting our environment, without affecting the ability of future generations to do the same.



Sustainable Development is defined by the Brundtland Report as: "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. Learn more and take action.


17 Goals for People, for Planet

The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals

Read more about why each Goal matters


Sustainable procurement is the meeting of business needs for materials, goods, utilities and services in an environmentally-friendly, responsible and ethical way. Companies dedicated to sustainable procurement try to make economical and effective long-term decisions that benefit the company, customers, society and the environment.

Sustainability has been embedded within everything we do including procurement and relevant documents.  TUCO recognise that food and sundry commodity choices have potential to influence a healthy lifestyle incorporating: People, Profit and Planet (3Ps).

TUCO Ltd believe that all our suppliers are able to make a significant contribution to help improve and develop sustainable procurement.

Take a look at the ‘Documents’ section for important files relating to TUCO's sustainability strategy.

At TUCO, we want to encourage our members where possible to use brands or businesses which are classed as Social Enterprises and/or B-Corp certified. We have created a small list of businesses / brands some of which are available through our frameworks which fall under the SEUK and/or B-Corp banner. This is not an extensive list but rather a starting point which can be expanded on further. If you currently work with / buy from a social enterprise whose products / services fall under the following categories, please contact [email protected] .

  • Vending
  • Catering Innovation & Concept Solutions
  • EPOS
  • Kitchen Equipment Maintenance, Deep Clean & Ventilation Ducting Services
  • Sustainable food waste management


TUCO have worked closely with NWUPC and NEUPC to achieve level 4 on the flexible framework. The Flexible Framework is an assessment tool which enables organisations to monitor and measure procurement practices; exploring what this means for TUCO's procurement processes and engagement with TUCO's partners.

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TUCO and its members meet regularly to discuss sustainability initiatives, sharing best practice, developing sustainable principles and embedding them into all aspects of TUCO's core values.

Visit the Meetings page, and filter by Sustainability to view the latest meeting minutes, and upcoming meetings. 

The Group consists of:

CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL                                              RSPO

On 15 March 2020 TUCO became an Associate member of the RSPO ( Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil) This confirms our continued commitment to support our members to purchase certified sustainable palm oil and another step on our journey to group certification. To view our membership follow this link

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Plastics are used in all sorts of positive ways like protecting the food we buy and preventing it from becoming waste before it reaches our kitchens and fridges. However for all the positive applications and uses of plastic there are many that are problematic or unnecessary, exacerbating the issue of plastic waste in the natural environment. How are The UK Plastics Pact tackling the issue?

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And that's not all...

Find out more about our Sustainability Partners & Initiatives

Browse our Useful Links section

Utilise our Sustainability Tools & Documents