EMD adopts code of conduct for sustainable sourcing

From now on, private label suppliers will be subjected to a set of 12 sustainability criteria when cooperating with the international retail alliance EMD. The content of these purchasing guidelines is based on the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) of which EMD is an active member. The new sustainability requirements for private label procurement will be applied to all joint sourcing projects of the retail alliance: Strict compliance with high social standards and a commitment to recognized food safety standards will be made indispensable in the new purchasing guidelines. To ensure food safety in accordance with the Global Food Safety Initiative, all suppliers involved are carefully monitored. With regard to the so-called risk countries (Amfori BSCI risk country classification) and risk product categories, EMD assesses social compliance evidence such as audit reports and certificates. Private label suppliers who do not yet comply with the new EMD purchasing guidelines are accompanied by the international retail alliance and given support in achieving this goal.

ICA exceeds its climate targets

In conducting its climate emissions data year-end closing for 2020, ICA reports that greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations have decreased by 76% compared to 2006 levels. ICA has thereby exceeded its target to reduce GHG emissions by at least 70% by the end of 2020. During 2020 ICA launched its new climate ambition, which is to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions and to cut the climate impact of customers’ grocery purchases in half by 2030.

Kesko ranked again the most sustainable grocery trade company in the world

Kesko is the only Finnish company to have been on the Global 100 list every year since it was first established in 2005. This year, Kesko is the best company in the ‘Grocery and Diversified Stores’ category and thus ranks as the most sustainable grocery trade company in the world for the seventh consecutive year. The top 1% of the world’s most sustainable companies were included on the Global 100 list based on a sustainability assessment carried out on 8.080 companies. The companies were assessed on 24 indicators related to environmental and social responsibility and good corporate governance.

SPAR International and Too Good To Go agree global partnership to reduce food waste

The international partnership aims to help reduce food waste by allowing shoppers to order food from SPAR supermarkets at a reduced cost that would otherwise be wasted. After downloading the Too Good To Go app and registering, SPAR customers can find out how many discounted food packages are available at SPAR stores in their area. The SPAR Too Good To Go food packages, named ‘Magic Bags’ on the App, consist principally of fresh food products, including vegetables, fruit, dairy products, baked goods and other items from the SPAR range.

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