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Fighting climate change and deforestation: Jerónimo Martins consolidates leadership position in the global food retail sector

  • Jerónimo Martins is the only food retailer in the world to receive a leadership score in the fight against deforestation (“Forests” theme) and also the only one to receive a score of ‘A-’ in the four commodities associated with deforestation risk (palm oil, timber, cattle and soy)
  • Only Portuguese company to be assessed by CDP in all themes: “Climate Change”, “Forests” and “Water Security”
  • Assessment encompassed more than 9,600 companies across the globe, which represent half of global market capitalisation

The results of the annual CDP assessment have been released and consolidate the Jerónimo Martins Group’s leadership position in the food retail sector in the fight against climate change and deforestation. The Group continues to be the only global food retailer to receive a leadership level score (A-) in all commodities assessed in the fight against deforestation, the same level it received for its measures to fight climate change. Regarding the management of water as a critical resource, the Group received a management level score (B).

The Jerónimo Martins Group was, once again, the only Portuguese company to respond to all three CDP questionnaires (Climate, Forests and Water).

The CDP assessment ranks the Group as the only global food retailer to receive a leadership level score in the fight against deforestation (“Forest” theme), and also the only one to receive a score of ‘A-‘ in the four commodities associated with the deforestation risk (palm oil, timber, cattle and soy).

Its measures to fight climate change (“Climate Change” theme) have the Group once again ranked in the leadership level (A-), a rank that only a third of the food retail companies in the world received.

As regards “water security”, which assesses the management of water as a critical resource, the Group received a score of ‘B’ (management). The “Water Policies”, “Water Accounting” and “Business Impacts” assessment topics received the highest score: ‘A’.

The Assessment carried out by CDP encompassed more than 9,600 companies across the globe, which represent half of global market capitalisation.

These results reflect the Jerónimo Martins Group companies’ best practices in finding a balance between economic prosperity and environmental preservation, which have been recognised internationally with inclusion in more than 60 sustainability indices, among which the Euronext Vigeo-Eiris Eurozone 120 and Europe 120 indices, and the FTSE4Good Global and Europe Indices.

The performance also reflects the Group’s commitment to conserving biodiversity and fighting forest destruction undertaken as member of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF). No other global food retailer received such a transversal assessment, based on the commodities analysed.

Also with regard to its endeavour to fight deforestation, on 9 December the Group joined more than 50 organisations, NGOs and international associations in endorsing the position paper issued by the Tropical Forest Alliance in response to a public consultation launched by the European Commission. Among the measures proposed by the group of organisations – the Jerónimo Martins Group is the only Portuguese organisation – are the establishment of partnerships between the EU and producer countries of the main commodities associated with deforestation (such as palm oil, soy, cattle, paper and timber); the creation of incentives for the sustainable production and sourcing of those commodities; and the creation of investment and financing measures for projects that incorporate criteria to fight deforestation, promoting the sustainability of their activities and their supply chains.

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Groundbreaking action to protect the forest

The Serra do Açor Forest project brings together the Jerónimo Martins Group, the Arganil City Council and the vacant land owners’ associations, and aims to preserve the landscape devastated by forest fires.

This is the first combination of efforts of this kind in Portugal and will cover an inland area of 2,500 hectares. Fire-resistant tree species will be planted and new sources of income created for the local population, with funding from the Group. The project is based on a very long-term perspective and is planned for a time horizon of decades.

On this page you can find the speech given by Pedro Soares dos Santos, Chairman and CEO of the Group, on the signing of the protocol that laid the foundations for the Serra do Açor Forest project.

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Jerónimo Martins invests over one million euros in solar photovoltaic energy generation for self-consumption

  • Every year nearly 5,000 solar photovoltaic panels prevent the emission of an equivalent of 530 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere;
  • In 2018, two of the Group’s photovoltaic power stations began operating in the Algarve, one at the Algoz Distribution Centre and another at the Recheio store in Tavira. The systems were installed by ENGIE Hemera;
  • The Group expects to start operating another four self-consumption photovoltaic power stations in the municipality of Lisbon by the end of the first half of 2020.

The Jerónimo Martins Group has invested one million, two hundred thousand euros (€1,200,000) in a solar photovoltaic energy system at its Valongo Distribution Centre, in the north of Portugal. This is the Group’s third major solar photovoltaic energy project in Portugal and will enable the generation of 2,121.48 MWh of renewable energy per year, thus preventing 530 tonnes of CO2 emissions (equivalent to the annual consumption of 580 households).

The nearly 5,000 modules installed, spanning an area of approximately 20,000 square metres of the building’s roof, are already fully operational and account for over 30% energy autonomy of the Distribution Centre’s total energy consumption.

This project builds on the two pilot projects that began operating in 2018 in the south of Portugal, with 3,876 solar photovoltaic panels at the Algoz Distribution Centre, and 1,600 panels at the Recheio store in Tavira.

The Group expects to begin operating another four self-consumption photovoltaic power stations, all located in the municipality of Lisbon, by the end of the first half of 2020.

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Funds from Jerónimo Martins help set up second intensive care unit at the Central Hospital in the Alentejo region

The Jerónimo Martins Group will be helping to complete the installation of a second intensive care unit at Hospital Espírito Santo de Évora, the Central Hospital in the Alentejo Region, an investment of more than 320 thousand euros.

Among the equipment donated by the Jerónimo Martins Group are portable x-ray machines, a monitoring station, 14 monitors and 14 capnography modules (technology that assesses a patient’s ventilatory status), a capnograph for a G5 ventilator, a capnograph adapter and 60 SPACE syringes.

This new unit will significantly increase the region’s response to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling the treatment of 12 patients in an acute phase of the disease, that is, with respiratory failure and who need to be put on a ventilator.

Although the Alentejo region, to date and with a significant gap, is the region in mainland Portugal with the lowest number of confirmed cases (85) and no deaths reported as a result of the coronavirus, the high concentration of elderly population is a cause for concern.

With guaranteed funding from the Jerónimo Martins Group, Hospital Espírito Santo de Évora has already placed all orders with manufacturers and expects delivery of equipment later this month.

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Jerónimo Martins Biedronka Foundation to help seniors in need is launched

  • PLN 50 million (around EUR 11.5 million) – this amount will be at the disposal of the Biedronka Foundation in 2020, which is just starting its activity in Poland.
  • The Foundation is being established in order to help elderly people and contribute to improving their quality of life.
  • The first program of the Biedronka Foundation will be a prepaid cards programme called “For everyday shopping”, covering 10 000 seniors in need. The Biedronka Foundation will allocate almost PLN 15 million (around EUR 3.5) for this purpose.

Biedronka’s 25th anniversary

“The 25th anniversary is a good opportunity for us to thank the Polish society for trusting us and to reinforce important social commitments. By conducting activities that meet basic human needs and acting on a large scale, we have a unique opportunity to contribute to find solutions to the challenges of the local community and provide real help to those in need. Poland has made Biedronka big and we feel the responsibility that comes with it. That is why we are launching the Biedronka Foundation, which will focus on a populational group that faces very tough challenges: the elderly.” – says Pedro Soares dos Santos, Chairman and CEO of the Jerónimo Martins Group.

According to data and forecasts of the Central Statistical Office, one in four Poles are more than 60 years old and in 2050 older people will make up 40% of the society. Poland is one of the fastest aging societies in the world and it is becoming a great challenge to provide the best possible living conditions and care for the elderly. The years 2020-2030 have been proclaimed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the “Decade of Healthy Ageing” – the aim is for seniors to remain physically and mentally fit, self-confident and able to function on their own in society for as long as possible.


Objectives of the Biedronka Foundation

The Biedronka Foundation will support elderly people so that they can live with dignity, enjoy health longer and function better every day. The aims of the newly established Foundation are, among others, to counteract poverty, malnutrition, loneliness and social exclusion of the elderly.

In 2020 Biedronka Foundation will have a budget of PLN 50 million (around EUR 11.5), and in the following years the Founder, i.e. Jeronimo Martins Polska, plans to allocate not less than EUR 7.5 million and up to EUR 20 million per year to support the Foundation.

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Fighting climate change: Jerónimo Martins stands out worldwide in the food retail sector

The results of the assessment carried out by CDP have been published and the Jerónimo Martins Group is ranked among the global leaders in food retail with a score of A- (leadership level) in the “Climate Change” area and in all commodities assessed under the “Forests” programmes. The Group received a score of B (management level) for “Water Security”.

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Jerónimo Martins is founding member of the Portuguese Plastics Pact

The Jerónimo Martins Group is pleased to announce that it is a founding member of the Portuguese Plastics Pact (Pacto Português para Plásticos). The Pact’s launch event took place on 4 February at EDP’s main auditorium in Lisbon and was attended by more than 150 people.

The Portuguese Plastics Pact is coordinated by the Smart Waste Portugal Association, with support from the Ministry of Environment and Climate, the Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition, the Ministry of the Sea and the Ellen MacArthur Plastics Pact Network.

It is a collaborative and innovation platform with a shared vision of a circular economy for plastics in Portugal, in which plastics will never be transformed into waste. This joint commitment brings together the Government, different players in the national plastics value chain, academia and NGOs; a total of 50 participating companies and organisations.

By signing this Pact, the Jerónimo Martins Group and the other entities involved undertake the commitment to implement initiatives with a view to achieving the ambitious targets and goals set for 2025, which are to:

  • Define, by 2020, a list of problematic or unnecessary single-use plastics and outline measures to eliminate them;
  • Ensure that 100% of plastic packaging is reused, recycled or compostable;
  • Ensure that 70%, or more, of plastic packaging is effectively recycled by increasing collection and recycling;
  • Incorporate, on average, 30% of recycled plastic into new plastic packaging;
  • Promote awareness and education campaigns among consumers (current and future) for the circular use of plastic.

The Portuguese Plastics Pact is a collaborative initiative aimed at leading by example and being an inspiration in the transition towards a circular economy for plastic.