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Our Commitments and Progress

Get to know our Corporate Responsibility goals for each of the pillars of action and the most recent progress. 

Promoting Good Health Through Food

Commitments Year Status
In all countries develop food alternatives such as vegan, lactose-free and/or gluten-free solutions that are aimed at consumers with specific dietary needs/preferences. 2023 In progress
Ensure that products targeted for children have a higher nutritional profile than the benchmark (or best in class), according to the country of operation. In Colombia, ensure that products targeted for children have a higher nutritional profile than this benchmark until 2025. 2023/2025 In progress
In Portugal and in Poland, ensure the use of voluntary “Without GMO” labelling for 75% of Private Brand food references containing mostly (>50%/net weight) potentially modified ingredients (soy and corn), thus helping consumers in their decision-making process – 55% year 1 / 65% year 2 / 75% year 3. 2023 In progress
In Portugal and Poland, continue to develop programmes promoting the Mediterranean Diet principles and healthy nutritional habits, based on recommendations by local experts, and raise consumer awareness on reading food labels. 2023 In progress
In Portugal and in Poland, ensure that 90% of Private Brand products do not contain, in their direct ingredients, artificial dyes until 2023. 2023 In progress
In Portugal and in Poland, ensure that 90% of Private Brand products do not contain, in their direct ingredients, artificial flavour enhancers until 2023. 2023 In progress
In Portugal and in Poland, position the Companies as healthy ageing promoters, through democratising the access to Private Brand food products that meet internationally recognised nutritional and dietary needs for the +55 age groups. 2023 In progress
In Hebe, in the scope of promoting health through cosmetic products’ formulation, develop animal-free protein Private Brand alternatives aimed at consumers with specific needs/preferences. 2023 In progress
In Hebe, in the scope of promoting health through cosmetic products’ formulation, ensure that “Hebe Naturals” products have at least 90% natural ingredients in their composition (according to ISO 16128). 2023 In progress

Respecting the Environment

Commitments Year Status
Increase the number of locations with environmental certification to at least 60% of the total Distribution Centres and industrial units (Fresh Dough Factory, Central Kitchens, soup factories and Terra Alegre) by 2023. 2023 In progress
Reduce the carbon footprint (scopes 1 and 2) by at least 40% by 2023 (per 1,000 euros of sales), compared to 2017. 2023 In progress
Reduce energy consumption by 10% (per 1,000 euros of sales) by 2023, compared to 2017. 2023 In progress
Reduce carbon emissions resulting from transporting goods to stores by 5% (in tonnes of CO2e per thousand pallets transported), by 2023, compared to 2020. 2023 In progress
Reduce water withdrawal measured in megalitres in Distribution activities by 10% by 2023 (per million euros of sales), compared to 2017. 2023 In progress
Support at least one nature conservation project in each of the countries where we have operations and disclose its results annually. 2023 In progress
Limit food waste to 16.1 kg for each tonne of food sold by 2023. 2023 In progress
Ensure that at least 12% of the packaging in Private Brand products are included in the Ecodesign project by 2023, comparing to the 2020 assortment. 2023 In progress
Increase the content of recycled plastic to 10% of the total amount of plastic packaging under our responsibility (Private Brand, service packaging, check-out bags and pallet wrapping film) by 2023. 2023 In progress
Reduce by 5% by 2023, the specific consumption of plastic (measured in tonnes of plastic packaging per 1 million euros of turnover), compared to 2018. 2023 In progress
Ensure an annual waste recovery rate of at least 85% of the volume of waste generated. 2023 In progress
Ensure that, by 2025, 100% of Private Brand plastic packaging is reusable or recyclable. 2025 In progress
Reduce total virgin plastic in Private Brand packaging, service packaging, pallet wrapping film and carrier bags by 15%, compared to 2018. 2025 In progress
Eliminating problematic components (e.g. PVC, EPS and XPS) from Private Brand plastic packaging by 2025. 2025 In progress
Reduce by 10% by 2025, the specific consumption of plastic (measured in tonnes of plastic packaging per 1 million euros of turnover), compared to 2018. 2025 In progress
By 2025, incorporate at least 25% of recycled content in Private Brand plastic packaging. 2025 In progress
By 2030, reduce by half the food waste generated by our Companies’ activities in line with target 12.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals on Responsible Consumption and Production, with 2016 as the baseline year. 2030 In progress

Sourcing Responsibly

Commitments Year Status
Guarantee that at least 80% of the Jerónimo Martins Group’s purchases of food products are sourced from local suppliers. 2023 In progress
Increase sales of Private Brand and/or Perishable products and packaging with sustainability certification to 7% of the total sales of these product categories by 2023. 2023 In progress
Carry out environmental audits to at least 20% of Private Brand and Perishables suppliers, with a purchase volume greater than 1.1 million euros in the 2021-2023 period. 2023 Not achieved
Contribute to The Consumer Goods Forum’s Forest Positive Coalition of Action commitments. Within the scope of our Private Label and Perishable products and for each of the commodities considered, the following goals were defined:
• Palm Oil: continue to ensure 100% RSPO certification in Portugal and Poland’s Companies. In Colombia, ensure compliance with “Acuerdo de Voluntades para la Deforestación Cero en la Cadena de Palma en Colombia” from the Colombian government.
• Soy: Reduce by 50% soy from unknown origins to 16% of total direct and indirect soy. Reduce soy from countries with risk of deforestation to 25% and/or ensure they are sustainably sourced (ex.: RTRS or ProTerra certified or other multi-stakeholder schemes that promote the preservation of ecosystems in the main production areas of this ingredient).
• Beef: Reduce unknown origins to 2.5% of total beef purchases. If sourcing from Brazil, engage with suppliers to ensure they adopt deforestation policies and actions.
• Paper and wood: Work with suppliers to achieve sustainable certification (e.g.: FSC® or PEFC) in 80% of virgin fibres used in products and in 70% of virgin fibres used in our packaging.
2023 In progress
Ensure the annual application of the Sustainable Agriculture Manual in at least 70 new farms in Portugal and Poland, ensuring a minimum average sustainability index of 3.7 points (on a scale from 1 to 5, in which 5 is the maximum rating) for farms with at least two assessments in the 2021-2023 period. 2023 In progress
Ban from all the Jerónimo Martins banners Private Brands’ offer the sales of fresh eggs coming from caged hens. 2025 In progress
Ensure that 100% of virgin fibres used in our Perishables Private Brands’ products and packaging are certified to third-party standards such as FSC or PEFC. 2030 In Progress

Supporting Surrounding Communities

Commitments Year Status
Monitoring and disclosure of at least 70% (in value) of the social impacts resulting from the annual support offered, according to the London Benchmarking Group (LBG) model. 2023 In progress
Strengthen the involvement in social projects in all geographies, targeted to children, youngsters and elderly people from vulnerable environments, focusing on aspects of health and healthy eating, aiming to directly impact one million people until 2023. 2023 In progress
In Poland, expand the food donations programme for local non-governmental organizations to 70% of stores. 2023 In progress

Being a Benchmark Employer

Commitments Year Status
Ensure the implementation of initiatives that improve the wellbeing and quality of life of our employees, through solutions that enable a work-life-family balance and support employees and their families. 2023 In progress
Support employees who are in a vulnerable situation due to a social and/or family emergency, through the existing funds available in each country and through other local support solutions. 2023 In progress
Ensure that, each year, all employees receive information on the Code of Conduct and the Anti-Corruption Policy, ensuring knowledge of and compliance with these instruments, namely by providing related training. 2023 In progress
Continuously invest in training our employees, stepping up the development of leaders across the organisational structure and helping build new skills aligned with the strategic needs of the Organisation. 2023 In progress
Prepare the Organisation for the future of work, by implementing new platforms that encourage self-development and digital programmes that improve efficiency, collaboration and productivity. 2023 In progress
Create opportunities for people facing labour market disadvantage, particularly migrants or refugees, people exposed to social risk, and people with disabilities. 2023 In progress
Continue efforts to promote gender equality and improve the methods for measuring and monitoring the pay gap, making them more robust, consistent, and detailed. This work should extend to all compensation components and new metrics should be implemented, such as analysing the pay gap using percentiles. 2023 In progress
Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life, in line with target 5.5 of the Sustainable Development Goals on Gender Equality. 2030 In progress