Lidl entered the Irish retail space in 2000, now as market leaders with over 150 stores and 4,200 staff across the country, we are committed to being a responsible retailer. Lidl joined Bord Bia’s Origin Green Sustainable Development programme in 2017 to achieve 3rd party verification of our process and demonstrate credible progress towards their targets.
Lidl’s programme ‘A Better Tomorrow’ involved the development of a comprehensive sustainability strategy with 24 clear targets and KPIs, across four core pillars: Responsible sourcing, Protecting the Environment, Team Lidl and Lidl Community Works. Major environmental achievements that have already been achieved include zero waste to landfill, ISO50001 energy management accreditation in all our buildings, battery recycling campaign throughout all our stores, and the launch of our food redistribution programme Lidl Feed It Back.
Lidl also launched its renewable energy programme and certified many of their own-brand products to sustainability programmes, including all cocoa and palm oil in our food products. Follow Lidl’s progress on https://www.abettertomorrow-lidl.ie/
We have set 24 ambitious targets to achieve by 2020, some of which have already been achieved. Some key targets include:
•Achieve then maintain Zero Waste to Landfill
•10% reduction in overall waste arising
•Redistribute 1 million meals in surplus food to charities
•20% reduction in plastic packaging by 2022
•100% of own-brand packaging will be widely recyclable, reusable or renewable by 2025 •By 2020, 35% of our permanently listed food range will be certified to sustainability programmes.
•100% of our own brand food product will contain only RSPO certified Palm Oil (segregated) in 2017. By the end of 2018 all our non-food, inedible products will contain 100% RSPO certified Palm Oil (mass balance).
•100% Fairtrade, UTZ or Rainbow Alliance certified cocoa in all products
•100% of fresh meat and Lamb from farms that are certified and carbon footprinted via Bord Bia’s Quality Assurance Scheme
•50% of Irish suppliers to become Origin Green members
•Launch of Renewable energy programme: solar and consumer electric vehicle charging points
•ISO50001 certification standard in all operations
•We will increase fundraising for our charity partner by 12% by 2020.