Sustainability is about looking after people, the planet and prosperity
“Sustainability is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
UN Brundtland Commission
Growing numbers of people are choosing products and lifestyles that reduce their impact on natural resources. And through their choices they are asking that businesses do the same. Over our long history, Musgrave has maintained a strong commitment to sustainability. For us, it’s about running our business in a way that considers social, environmental and economic well-being. In essence, it’s about looking after people, the planet and prosperity.
Our long term approach to relationships and business means that we place great emphasis on the core responsibilities that any good business should have: to look after its people and customers, to minimise its environmental impact and to produce sustainable wealth for the benefit of all stakeholders in the long term – not just for short term financial gain.
Aligning our sustainability with the UN’s sustainable development goals
Minimising environmental and climate change impacts
- Carbon management
- Packaging and waste
- Food waste
- Water conservation
Leading in health and well-being
- Nutrition and healthy eating
- Education and awareness
- Active living
Driving sustainable sourcing and consumption
- Ethical sourcing
- Human rights
- Sustainable consumption
- Animal welfare and biodiversity
Taking an active leadership role in the community
- Being a good neighbour
- Vibrant communities
- Employment and opportunities
Sustainable development goals
In September 2015, countries adopted a set of seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
We have further refined our approach in line with these goals, and recognise that we certainly have, within our sphere of influence, an opportunity and a responsibility to shape and influence positive change. We’re taking action to minimise our own impacts and to inspire other stakeholders to also live more sustainably.
To this end, we focus on embedding sustainability in our operations and in our brands, concentrating on nine of 17 Sustainable Development Goals relevant to the retail sector. These fall into four broad categories:
- minimising environmental and climate change impacts
- driving sustainable sourcing and consumption
- leading in health and well-being
- taking an active leadership role in the community
We believe sustainability goes hand-in-hand with the overall health of the community. With a relentless focus on environmental responsibility, we will continue to reduce our carbon footprint, reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, minimize energy use and expand our use of renewable energy. Through the implementation of consistent sustainability policies and clear targets, we have developed a robust business model that encourages healthier living and enriches the lives of our customers.
Award winning commitment to sustainable business practice
We’re delighted that our focus on sustainable business has been recognised with several awards.
For the second year running we have been awarded the BITC Ireland ‘Business Working Responsibly Mark’, firmly establishing us as one of Ireland’s leading sustainable companies.
Our dedication to enhancing communities and the people they serve was recognised in 2015 by the NACS Insight European Sustainability Retailer of the Year Award, presented for demonstrating “leadership in sustainable resource strategies and inspiring other businesses to implement sustainability initiatives of their own.” We have and will continue to operate to these standards and lead the industry into a sustainable future.
We are proud to be the first and only retail and wholesale company to have achieved the Bord Bia Origin Green Sustainability Standard. Participation in the Origin Green programme is an exciting opportunity for Musgrave to have our comprehensive sustainability programme independently assessed and verified on behalf of Bord Bia. Origin Green is the only sustainability programme in the world that operates on a national scale, uniting public and private sectors, food producers and food retailers. As well as bringing valuable credibility to our sustainability activities, it provides us with an opportunity to stretch our ambitions and to continuously challenge and improve our performance.
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