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We are aware of our responsibility of making sure that the food products we buy meet sustainability criteria from its origin.
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Promoting Sustainable Practices

When we buy food products, we seek to support production methods with less consumption of natural resources and with less impact for the ecosystems, from their origin to the consumer and surrounding communities.

That is why our Responsibility strategy integrate several sustainability practices, such as the promotion of animal welfare, the protection of biodiversity and the reduction of the distances covered in product transportation.

Animal Welfare

In addition to complying with the provisions of the European Legislation, as well as with other legislation in force, we promote practices above the benchmark whenever possible.

At Biedronka, the Private Brand free-range chickens, whose sales doubled in 2017 over the previous year, are bred without the use of antibiotics or feed containing genetically modified organisms. This project was started in 2015 in collaboration with Polish suppliers and, until 2017, was the only one of its kind in Poland.

We are also committed to eradicating the sale of Private Brand eggs that are laid by caged hens, by 2025.

The lamb sold at Pingo Doce comes from free-grazing animals, in accordance with the farming and livestock assumptions of High Natural Value.

As part of our activities in the area of Agro-Food production, we highlight the following actions:

Angus Beef
  • Providing an area greater than the recommended 3m2 per animal, in over 60% of the cases;
  • Daily replacement of fresh straw for bedding;
  • Driving animals in suitable passageways, banning the use of electric shock and similar practices.
Aquaculture
  • Open sea production and not in tanks, allowing fish to grow in their natural habitat;
  • Handling is reduced to a minimum until they are caught, to avoid stress.

 

Animal testing

We do not allow animal testing during the development of our products in any of the countries in which we operate, whether Private Brand or Perishables, pursuant to European Directive 201/63/EU. The only exception is when it comes to animal feed, which involves sensory tests to assess the level of satisfaction of the target audience, and products to control or eliminate parasite species and/or super-populations which could be a source of contamination or disease, such as insects, for instance.

Sustainable Fishing

As part of our sustainable fishing strategy, and as a result of studies conducted in this field1, we have defined actions to reduce the pressure on threatened species2:

  1. Ban the purchase and sale of species classified as “Critically Endangered” and for which no extraordinary permits exist for such purpose;
  2. Seek aquaculture alternatives for species classified as “In Danger”, by not performing promotional activities that involve wild populations and those that are not from sustainably produced stocks and/or that do not have a certificate of sustainability;
  3. Limit promotional activities with species that are classified as “Vulnerable” whenever they are not obtained from aquaculture and/or from sustainably produced stocks and/or that do not have a certificate of sustainability.

1 To learn more about the actions developed in this context, visit our page Respecting the Environment.

2 Based on the classification assigned by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and the Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

 

In 2017, and based on the species identified in 2015, we complied with the aforementioned guidelines:

  • We did not sell species classified as “Critically Endangered”, for which no extraordinary permits exist for such purpose;
  • We only held promotions with species classified as “In Danger” which were produced through aquaculture;
  • We reduced the promotion of species classified as “Vulnerable” by 10%. More than 95% of these species were from or reared in aquaculture or from sustainably managed stocks.

 

Shortening distances travelled in product transportation

We have established partnerships with fruit and vegetable suppliers to reduce the environmental impact of transporting these products, such as mangos in Spain and Senegal. The production characteristics of these partnerships are similar to those of mangos produced in Brazil but help us shorten the distance travelled by over 5,000 km and maritime or ground transport is used instead of air transport, leading to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions.

This decrease in distance travelled also ensures that a greater quality product is offered in stores, as mangos can be picked in a more advanced stage of ripeness. In 2017, we sold more than 47 thousand kilos of mangos from these countries.

The decision to ensure the supply of certain strategic products, through own production by Jerónimo Martins Agro-Alimentar, gives us more operational control over the process, shortens distances travelled, and subsequently reduces carbon emissions, as well as delivery times to stores, thus ensuring greater quality products. Which is the case of Angus beef and the production of sea bass and sea bream in aquaculture, varieties that are traditionally reared outside of Portugal.

In 2017, we supplied over 350 tonnes of Angus beef and 1,330 kg of sea bass through own production. Our goal is to gradually increase these amounts.