GRO Foods Supply base

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GRO Foods Supply base

The majority of the business’s environmental and social impacts are in our supply chain, which is complex and global in nature. The major impacts include carbon emissions, water use, land use changes and labour standards. There is now significant awareness of the sustainability impacts that a major company generates as a result of the goods and products it procures. Customers, in particular, are ever more attuned to the sources of the food and products that they buy. It is both our responsibility and in our interest to maximize the positive and minimize the negative impacts of procurement decisions. At the same time, climate change and water stress threatens our business, making it increasingly challenging to source many agricultural products from traditional locations.

Securing a sustainable supply baseOur business depends on the quality and availability of goods for our customers. Increasingly we seek to ensure that our purchases promote social and environmental well-being, while simultaneously protecting our supply base from the risks associated with climate change and diminishing natural resources.

This year 30% of our own-brand food and beverage products came from a certified sustainable source, supporting increased market share of 2% in these product categories. We are also using local suppliers in all our markets where there is a notable environmental benefit or customer preference. Since 2007, we have assessed 300 of our top 1,000 own-brand food and beverage products to ensure that they are insulated as far as possible from the impacts of climate change and water stress. Of the products we have assessed to date, 170 have been identified as “at risk” and we have already put in mitigation plans for 85 of these.


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