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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 have a role to play in protecting biological diversity and ecosystem services, mainly associated with the specialisation in Fresh Products, through the marketing of Meat, Fish, Fruit and Vegetables, among other Perishable products.

That’s why our policies and strategies reflect the ongoing effort to map and mitigate these impacts:

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

Learn more about our sustainable fishing practices.

We have been working with our Portuguese Fruit and Vegetables suppliers since 2014 in order to promote good farming practices, having developed a Sustainable Agriculture Handbook which allows the environmental sustainability index of their farms to be calculated.

This methodology is applied to at least 20 new farms belonging to our Fruit and Vegetables’ suppliers every year in Portugal, and was launched in Poland in 2019. At a later stage, we intend to cover Colombia as well.

Partnerships and Supports

In Portugal and Colombia, we support initiatives focused on restoring natural habitats, protecting biodiversity, and raising environmental awareness.

Lisbon Oceanarium

Lisbon Oceanarium

The support, which has been happening since 2003, has contributed to the activities developed by the Oceanarium.

“Green Heart of Cork”

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

The project, supported since 2013, contributes to the certification (FSC®) of cork oak forests, including a High Conservation Value area.

ECOs-Locais (eco-spots)

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

Supported since 2011, this project develops actions for environmental awareness and preservation, with a focus on waste collection. Between 2011 and 2019, more than 10,100 kg of waste and over 17,610 cigarette butts were collected.

Beach cleaning initiatives

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

In addition to beach and surrounding areas clean-up actions with the participation of volunteers, awareness raising actions on marine biodiversity and the threat of marine waste are also carried out. This is a project supported since 2018.

“SOS Pollinators” Campaign

Quercus

Project supported since 2014, the Family Beekeeping Manual was developed and handed to local entities, farmers, beekeepers and technicians, among others. In addition, awareness raising actions on pollinator conservation and biodiversity are carried out among schools.

“Geração Depositrão” ( “WEEE Recycling Generation” ) Project

European Recycling Platform (ERP) – Portugal

This project, supported since 2013, has the main purpose of raising the awareness of the students to the importance of the adequate disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Waste from Batteries and Accumulators, having reached 900 schools and other entities, 420,000 students and 40,000 teachers.

Sponsorship of the Ring-tailed Lemur

Lisbon Zoo

This project, supported since 2015, allows for the coverage of the living expenses associated with this species.

Save the Macaws Project (3 species)

Proaves

This project, which started in 2019, contributes to the protection of two macaw species in the Montes de Oca Forest Reserve in Colombia. In 2019, 1,000 trees of 16 species were planted in a total area of 58 m2. Activities were also carried out in schools with more than 200 children, with the aim of raising their awareness on the protection of the habitat of these species and to enable them to identify and complete the monitoring forms for sightings of these birds.