Working to protect the ecosystems

We recognise the importance of Biodiversity for the sustainability of the communities in which we operate.
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Biodiversity

We believe we have a role to play in protecting biological diversity. That’s why we assess the environmental risks of our activities, so that we can identify any threats and opportunities for improvement. Whenever possible, we involve our partners in the supply chain, namely our suppliers.

We use the Ecosystem Services Review methodology,  proposed by the World Research Institute to assess the risks related to the ecosystem services. Based on that, we have defined 11 priority action pillars, which are the drivers of our projects and management practices, including:

  • Information management;
  • Training;
  • Partnerships with suppliers;
  • Research and Development.

Among the research projects that we develop and support, we would like to highlight the description of the potential risk of the top-selling species of fish in our Companies in Portugal and in Poland. This analysis identified aspects such as the level of exploitation of stocks, the impacts on the ecosystems and surrounding communities, traceability and the working conditions, having concluded that none of the species that we sell was at high risk.

In 2016, an assessment was made of the degree of vulnerability of all the species of fish sold in Portugal and in Poland, based on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Out of all the species acquired in 2015, less than 8%, in number, show some level of risk.

  • 14 species, 18% of the total acquired (kg), are classified as “Vulnerable”, the lowest level for threatened species;
  • 5 species, less than 0.8% of the total acquired (kg), are classified as “Endangered”, an intermediate risk, while for one of the cases, we were able to guarantee its total production through aquaculture;
  • 1 species, less than 0.0004% of the total acquired (kg) is classified as “Critically Endangered”, the highest level of risk. We stopped selling it in June 2016, as it was not possible to guarantee its production throughout the entire life cycle, using aquaculture.

 

As far as farming is concerned, after performing a study on the practices of the Group’s Portuguese suppliers, a handbook was written in conjunction with our partners who produce fruit and vegetables, to promote the use of production methods that foster the protection of biodiversity, among other aspects.

 

Partners and Support

The Group supported the following initiatives focused on promoting projects for restoring natural habitats and protecting biodiversity:

Institution Project
Oceanário de Lisboa (Lisbon Oceanarium) Oceanário de Lisboa (Lisbon Oceanarium)
Quercus “SOS Polinizadores” Campaign
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Green Heart of Cork
Liga para a Protecção da Natureza (LPN) ECOs-Locais
European Recycling Platform (ERP) – Portugal “Geração Depositrão”
Jardim Zoológico (Lisbon Zoo) Ring-tailed Lemur sponsorship

 

In January 2016, the Group awarded, as part of the Green Project Awards Portugal, the “Jerónimo Martins-Green Project Awards Prize for Research and Development”, with a value of 20 thousand euros, the project “Detergentes Verdes” (Green Detergents). This project studies the use of vegetable waste in the development of cleaning products which have less impact on water and biodiversity.