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In the face of a world pandemic which locally put into sharp focus challenges around food security and job losses, the Shoprite Group’s 2020 Sustainability Report showcases the retailer’s extensive efforts to combat both.
In order to build resilient communities and with hunger relief at the heart of its corporate social investment (CSI) programmes, the Group in the last financial year donated surplus food to the value of R95 million, while ploughing a cumulative R26.5 million into community food gardens since starting to support such gardens in 2015.
The Group also invested just over R490 million in training and skills development programmes rolled out to both employees and non-employees. Furthermore its employees enjoy job security as none of its 141 245 employees were retrenched even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues unabated.
Committed to reducing its environmental impact while promoting operational efficiency, the retailer has aligned its goals focused on climate change, water security, sustainable packaging, waste management and responsible sourcing, with that of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The retailer also formulated position statements on climate change and water security in the last year.
- Sanjeev Raghubir, the Group’s Sustainability Manager
“We are extremely proud of the sustainability milestones reached in the last financial year and look forward to doing more to support the communities we serve, to safeguard our environment and to continue to provide job opportunities,” he added.
Read the Sustainability Report to get the complete picture of the Group’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.