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WORKING TO PROTECT THE ECOSYSTEMS

We recognise the importance of biodiversity for the sustainability of our businesses.
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Biodiversity

We know that our business activities impact biodiversity and ecosystem services, linked especially to our expertise in perishables, which is reflected in the sale of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, and other perishable products.

As such, our operational strategies and policies reflect our continuous effort to map and mitigate these impacts:

  1. We promote awareness and monitoring initiatives in our partnership with suppliers.
  2. In our operations, we contribute to the protection of wild fish, introduce products with a better environmental and social profile and endeavour to implement sustainable practices in the production of beef, milk and aquaculture.
  3. With consumers and the general public, and in partnership with research centres and/or Non-Governmental Organisations, we implement awareness campaigns and projects for the preservation of the ecosystems, habitats and species on which our activities depend and/or which are impacted by them.

Learn more about our sustainable fishing practices.

Since 2013 we have been working with our fruit and vegetable suppliers in Portugal to encourage good farming practices. We created the Sustainable Agriculture Handbook to help farmers determine the sustainability index of their farms.

Partnerships and Supports

In 2020, we invested more than 195 thousand euros in projects focused on restoring natural habitats, protecting biodiversity, and raising environmental awareness in Portugal, Poland and Colombia.

Oceanário de Lisboa (Lisbon Oceanarium)

Lisbon Oceanarium

The support we have been providing since 2003 has contributed to the activities carried out by the Oceanarium. Pingo Doce continues to be the official sponsor of the Lisbon Oceanarium.

“Green Heart of Cork”

Associação Natureza Portugal (ANP – Portuguese Nature Association) in association with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

We have supported this project since 2013, helping to get certification (FSC®) for 30 thousand hectares of cork wood forest, including a High Conservation Value Area of 1,302 hectares.

ECOs-Locais (Eco Places)

Liga para a Protecção da Natureza (LPN – Portuguese League for Nature Protection)

Supported since 2011, this project holds awareness and environmental conservation campaigns focused on waste collection. In 2020, four in-person initiatives and three online initiatives were carried out to encourage active citizenship in environmental protection.

“SOS Pollinators” Campaign

Quercus

We have supported this project since 2014, through which we designed and distributed the Family Beekeeping Manual to local authorities, farmers, beekeepers and technicians, among others. We also hold awareness campaigns on the conservation of pollinators and biodiversity at schools.

Clean Tatra Mountains

Czysta Polska

In Poland, Biedronka joined the “Czyste Tatry” (Clean Tatra Mountains) campaign for the second year in a row, led by NGO “Czysta Polska”. Nearly half a tonne of waste and 5 m3 of paper were cleared by 2,500 volunteers.

Tree Planting Initiative In Poland

Arka Foundation

Under the protocol established between Biedronka and the Arka Foundation, in 2020 ten thousand trees were planted in the Beskid Niski region, a mountain range located along the border with Slovakia, for which a forest management plan was created.

Sponsorship of the Ring-tailed Lemur

Lisbon Zoo

We have supported this project since 2015 covering expenses associated with this species.

Save the Macaws Project

ProAves

Launched in 2019 and supported by Ara, this project now protects five macaw species in two nature reserves: Tití Cabeciblanco, in Antioquia, and El Dorado, in Magdalena.

Tree Planting Initiative In Colombia

conTREEbute

With Ara’s support, conTREEbute planted 616 trees of nine different species in the humid zone of Guali, in Cundinamarca (one for every store operating at the end of 2019). This volunteer project contributes to expanding the ecological corridor in the Funza municipality, close to Bogota.

“À Descoberta da Biodiversidade na Lagoa Pequena” (Discovering Biodiversity In Lagoa Pequena)

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves (SPEA – Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds)

Project supported by Pingo Doce under its “Conserving Biodiversity” pillar that carried out five awareness-raising initiatives and recreational activities (“Plantas, chás e pigmentos” [Plants, teas and pigments], “Tesouros da Noite” [The Night’s Treasures], “A natureza da Lagoa Pequena através dos sentidos” [Feeling the nature of Lagoa Pequena], “Lagoa ao Luar: abertura nocturna” [Lagoon by moonlight: evening access] and “Construção de caixas-nino” [Building nestboxes]) at Espaço Interpretativo da Lagoa Pequena (Lagoa Pequena Wildlife Interpretive Centre) in Sesimbra, with a total of 99 participants.