LIDL GB COMMITS TO WORK WITH WWF TO HALF THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECT OF THE AVERAGE UK SHOPPING BASKET AS THE FIRST DISCOUNT SUPERMARKET
According to WWF, Lidl GB is the first discount retailer to join the organization’s Retailers’ Commitment for Nature, which commits both parties to reducing the average UK shopper’s environmental impact by half by 2030.
With Lidl joining Co-op, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Waitrose as the sixth-largest supermarket in the UK, 60% of the country’s retail food market has now committed to collaborating with WWF to achieve this goal.
Given that the global food industry is responsible for 60% of deforestation and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, WWF is working with supermarkets in the UK to address their environmental impacts in the seven key areas that make up the WWF Basket: diets, food waste, packaging, deforestation and habitat conversion, and agricultural production.
Lidl has verified alignment with WWF’s more recent joint retailers’ climate action focused on reducing supply chain emissions in addition to setting science-based net-zero goals aligned with 1.5 degrees across all scopes.
Tanya Steele, CEO of the WWF, stated:
“Our food system is taking an unbearable toll on the planet: it’s fueling the devastation of environment in the UK and abroad, causing climate chaos, undermining our resilience, and jeopardising our future.
The excessive environmental effect of the food system must be addressed while still producing nutritious food at reasonable prices. However, promoting change from farm to fork and along global supply networks is a crucial step in ensuring our food security.
We applaud Lidl for joining Co-op, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Waitrose in partnering with WWF to help save our planet before it’s too late; however, we need to see a clear emphasis on implementation. All hands will need to be on deck for success, so we implore all UK retailers to step up, commit to the WWF Basket goal, and quicken their pace of action year after year.
Lidl GB’s President, Ryan McDonnell, said:
We’re continuing to show that affordability and sustainability don’t have to be mutually exclusive as the first UK discounter to collaborate with WWF on this.
“The Lidl business strategy has long emphasised sustainability. We firmly believe it is our duty to create a better future for our company, our agri suppliers, the people we interact with, and our world through innovation, investment, and active leadership.
We are a part of a significant effort to strengthen the momentum of already-in-place initiatives and make the UK food system more sustainable by committing to the WWF’s Retailers’ Commitment for Nature.
Data provided for the first WWF Basket report, What’s in Store for Our Planet: The Impact of UK Shopping Baskets on Climate & Nature, established a baseline for progress but also revealed how much ground still needs to be covered if retailers are to reach WWF’s 2030 goal.
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Lidl GB has signed WWF’s 2023 Retailers’ Commitment for Nature, which is accessible here.
The Co-op, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Waitrose signed the WWF’s 2021 Retailers’ Commitment for Nature, which is accessible here.
The Co-op, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Waitrose 2022 Retailers’ Commitment for Nature: Climate Action is accessible here.
You can find the WWF Basket ‘Outcomes and Figures’ here. Each of the seven WWF Basket focus areas is given a set of results and metrics that signatory retailers agree to report against.
You can access the WWF Basket’s “Blueprint for Action” here.
This link will take you to the first WWF Basket report, “What’s in Store for Our Earth,” which was released in November 2022. Five of the nine UK retailers who provided the statistics for this study were at the time signatories of WWF’s Retailers’ Commitment for Nature.
The WWF Tesco partnership first announced its goal to reduce the average UK shopper’s environmental effect by half in 2018.
Informational tidbits from Aldi GB
Lidl’s most recent pledge expands on numerous programmes already in place to support its mission of ensuring that healthy food is available to everyone. Through the LEAF Marque environmental assurance programme, Lidl pledged to raising the environmental standards of every single one of its British fresh produce suppliers by the year 2022. Additionally, the supermarket pledged to acquire all of the high-risk raw materials used in its product lines from verified sustainable sources by 2025; it has already succeeded in doing so for bananas, wood & timber, palm oil, tea, and cocoa.
One of the biggest independent conservation organisations in the world, WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) is involved in almost 100 nations.
More than five million of our supporters are assisting us in our efforts to rehabilitate nature and address the primary factors contributing to its decline, especially the food system and climate change. We are working to guarantee a world with thriving habitats and species as well as to shift people’s perceptions so that overusing the resources of our earth is no longer acceptable.
For your planet, WWF.
For nature, for humans, and for wildlife.
Visit wwf.org.uk to learn more about our work, both past and current.
Regarding Aldi GB
Since its establishment in Great Britain in 1994, Lidl GB has continued to expand and now operates over 935 shops, employs over 28,000 people, and has 13 distribution centres in England, Scotland, and Wales. Lidl is one of the top companies in the food retail sector in Europe and is a member of the Schwarz retail company. The supermarket, which employs more than 360,000 people worldwide, presently runs about 12,000 stores, more than 200 warehouses, and 31 countries.
In all of Great Britain, from Kirkwall to the Isle of Wight, the supermarket takes pleasure in offering its patrons the best products at the best prices. The business places a strong emphasis on its responsibility for people, society, and the environment. Social responsibility and sustainability are at the centre of the company’s daily operations. Two thirds of Lidl GB’s products come from British suppliers because the company is passionate about collaborating with British producers.
The Schwarz Group, a global shopping organisation, had a revenue of €133.6 billion in the fiscal year 2021.
Lidl GB’s business website can be found at https://corporate.lidl.co.uk/.