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  • CSI - Act For Change | Nov 15, 2021
    Fostering food security and sustainable livelihoods in Soweto

    Three Soweto women transformed a rubbish dump into a thriving vegetable garden the size of a soccer field.

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  • Corporate News | Nov 11, 2021
    Opinion: Retailers have no choice but to sell green - Sanjeev Raghubir, Sustainability Manager at the Shoprite Group

    The much anticipated and recently-released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report presented a concerning summary of the current and future state of the climate. The IPCC report will inform world leaders as they gather in Glasgow for COP26 in November to craft a plan to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate in a fair and equitable manner.

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  • Corporate News | Nov 10, 2021
    Shoprite doubles its solar capacity, aims to power 25% of operations with renewable energy

    The Shoprite Group aims to power 25% of its operations with renewable energy over the next five years and has added 22 new solar PV (photovoltaic) sites between February and September 2021, more than doubling its solar capacity.

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  • CSI - Act For Change | Nov 9, 2021
    Young entrepreneur launches recycling centre in Thembisa with Shoprite’s support

    Thabiso Hlongwane (28) launched the first Packa-Ching pop-up buy-back centre, housed in a revamped shipping container, at the Mall of Thembisa last week.

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  • Corporate News | Oct 19, 2021
    Shoprite Group recycles sanitising wipes

    The Shoprite Group is the first retailer to recycle wipes from its 1 328 supermarkets nationwide. The wipes, which are green to identify them as 100% recyclable polypropylene, are used to sanitise baskets and trolleys and are sent for recycling after use. The bucket container and all stickers on the bucket are also 100% polypropylene and recyclable.

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  • CSI - Act For Change | Oct 4, 2021
    Food garden keeps the hunger at bay for hundreds of children

    With a heart for vulnerable children in her community, Joyce Morudi started the NOSA early learning and orphans and vulnerable children's centre in Winterveld, northern Gauteng, more than 25 years ago.

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  • CSI - Act For Change | Aug 13, 2021
    Farming cooperative helps provide livelihoods

    The Kanana Poultry Farm Primary Cooperative in Nietgedacht, Gauteng, was born out of the need to generate an income for the co-op members and produce food for their families. Shoprite, recognising the role that farming cooperatives play in helping to improve food security at a community level, partnered with the co-op late last year.

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  • Developing Skills | Aug 12, 2021
    Shoprite launches world-class butchery learning programme

    The Shoprite Group has launched an internationally-endorsed Master Meat Artisan Programme for its qualifying butchery managers, and will train its initial intake of 52 people to join the exclusive global club of Master Butchers.

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  • CSI - Act For Change | Aug 2, 2021
    Usave lends helping hand to Aberdeen soup kitchen

    Usave made a much-needed donation to the Ubuntu Soup Kitchen in Aberdeen to support their work in serving the communities of Aberdeen, Lotusville and Thembalisizwe. The donation included essential equipment including a fridge, freezer, gas stove and cooking utensils. Usave also donated essential food items, blankets for the elderly, hand sanitizer as well as gardening aprons & hats. Usave recently also donated seedlings and gardening equipment to support Ubuntu in establishing a food garden, which will provide the kitchen with fresh vegetables for their feeding scheme.

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  • CSI - Act For Change | Jul 15, 2021
    Shoprite helps you help communities affected by unrest

    People wishing to help communities affected by unrest can donate to the Shoprite Act For Change Fund in any Shoprite, Checkers or Usave nationally. The funds, which will be boosted by the Shoprite Group’s own R1 million initial donation, will be used by vetted organisations involved in relief efforts to help communities rebuild after the devastating effects of the unrest, vandalism and arson on many community members and their businesses.

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Employees

Employed 142 602 people
Invested R485 million in training,
through 2 890 833 training hours


Customer centricity

Won 17 awards recognising customer and brand excellence
Sold 72.8 million loaves of our 600 g in-house bread at R4.99
Launched a R5 pack of sanitary pads to keep young girls in school
Provided more than R5 billion in personalised savings to more than 20 million Xtra Savings members
Launched K’nect, our new virtual mobile network


Supply chain resilience and sustainability

Committed R50 million to future SME development initiatives
Directed 9.16% of supplier spend to black businesses and 5.54% to black woman-owned businesses


Socio-economic contribution

Invested R274 million into the communities in which we operate in South Africa
Donated R138 million in surplus food and goods
Supported 149 community food gardens to build community-level food security since inception of the programme
Served 4 873 133 hot meals through our Mobile Soup Kitchens
Supported 103 ECD centres, benefiting 5 062 children
Served 152 795 meals per day to vulnerable communities through our CSI programmes


Environmental stewardship

Committed to science-based targets
Reduced our carbon emission intensity by 5.2%

Reduced our water use intensity by 6.1%

Increase the installed capacity of our
 solar photovoltaic (PV) system by 350%

Electricity consumption reduced by
 126 million kWh through our light-emitting
diode (LED) lamp replacement project since inception

Recycled 40 327 tons of cardboard from stores and DCs

Diverted 8 207 tons of plastic waste from landfills
45% of our private-label products have on-pack
recycling labels (OPRL)

Paid R1.37 million in rebates to our customers
for using our reusable Planet bags since inception