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We aim to be Africa’s most affordable and accessible retailer - and doing this in a responsible way for our communities and the environment. This provides us with a social licence to operate and it makes business sense.
As the largest retailer on the African continent, we recognise that we can play a transformative role in the 15 countries in which we operate. We are making our operations more sustainable and building resilience to climate change, while we continue to invest in our people and in our communities.
Our sustainability approach builds on our purpose and our values. We understand that the success of our business depends on the ability of our customers to buy our products, of our suppliers to produce them – even in an uncertain climate – and our ability to safely transport, store and sell them.
We invest in our people to reach their highest potential.
We provide accessible, affordable and safe products to our customers.
We #ActForChange in our communities.
Together we grow local economies and create jobs.
We promote sustainable consumption and production patterns for our planet.
Trained 155 029 people
Provided employment for 147 268 people and created 3175 new jobs
Saved 32 million kWh through use of energy- efficient lighting, equaling 30 562 tCO2e
Grew the number of food gardens supported from 19 in 2017 to 90 gardens in 2019
Trained 545 community members to grow food gardens
We’re hard at work to ensure that 100% of our plastic packaging is reusable and/or recyclable by 2025. We are already using 4 000 tons of plastic returned annually to our distribution centres to produce our 100% recycled and recyclable plastic shopping bags.
We take hands with various community partners in long-term projects to #ActForChange in our communities.
When Susan Davies retired 16 years ago she wanted to help disadvantaged people in the area, so she established the Catch Community Centre in Gonubie, Eastern Cape. With Checkers’ help, she is reinvigorating the food garden that provides fresh vegetables for 120 families.
Support for preschools includes education and governance training, meals for the children and critical structural upgrades. Recently 15 preschools in and around Kathu in the Northern Cape benefited from an extensive teacher training programme.
From baking a few cakes and employing just over five people, Shanaaz Essa’s business Exquisite Cakes started supplying Shoprite and can now employ over 30 people.
The Gordon's Bay Mall is the seventh solar PV plant installed by the Shoprite Group. Together these plants already reduced the Group’s carbon emissions by 7350 tCO2e.
We align ourselves on the issues material to our business, and identify where we can most significantly contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainability Goals (SDGs).
We can not act for change on our own, which is why we ground our social investment in local community partnerships.