Delhaize Le Lion/De Leeuw is a global grocery retailer founded in 1867 by Jules Delhaize. It is part of the Delhaize Group headquartered in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Brussels, Belgium. The principal activity of Delhaize Group is the operation of food supermarkets. The large assortment of private brands allows Delhaize to prioritize the health, nutrition and sustainability aspects of the products. Ambitious commitments to reduce waste and energy consumption have been made. Read all about it in the Sustainability report Delhaize Belgium 2015 (click on our logo above to open)


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3. Good health

Health of our employees and customers is very important, which is why Delhaize launches different projects to promote a healthy lifestyle, e.g. : (1) Products with front-of-pack nutrition labels that follow the Reference Intake (RI) guidelines. At a minimum, the labels show the number of calories per serving and will be on all eligible private brand products by 2020; (2) Introduction of “Extra” logo, which helps customers quickly locate healthy and nutritious products; (3) Increase our vegetarian and vegan private brand products range. Plant-based diets have a lower environmental impact than animal-based diets, and our customers are increasingly interested in vegetarian options; (4) Introduction of “Better for All” pork products. These products are naturally richer in omega-3 because the pigs receive a nutritionally optimized feed. In addition, the animals’ feed contains more varied ingredients and encourages more biodiversity; (5) Sponsoring of several sports events throughout the year, including the Brussels 20 kilometer race. Delhaize encourages associates to participate by paying for race registration and coordinating a jogging group throughout the year.

2. End hunger

At Delhaize, we try to decrease the amount of food thrown away along the value chain as much as possible. We started a food donation program resulting in donating 817 tons of our unsold food to almost 100 local charities by end 2015. We aim to donate 100% of our unsold food products by 2020. Additionally, we marketed mixed assortments of “ugly vegetables” in 2.5 kg.-boxes that we sold for a fixed price. In 2015, this amounted to 15 tons that in the past wouldn’t have made it to consumers. We are expanding the program to more stores. In 2015, our new vacuum packages on fresh meat earned a “Greener Packaging Award” since it drastically reduced food waste by doubling the products’ shelf life. We aim to use more sustainable packaging in the future.

5. Gender equality

The five pillars of our Associate Diversity and Inclusion programs are: (1) Gender, (2) Generations, (3) Race/Ethnicity, (4) Disabilities, and (5) Cultivating a Diverse and Inclusive workplace. To plan better for the future, we ran educational programs focused on talent development and succession planning for different genders and generational groups.

7. Affordable and clean energy

At Delhaize, we try to reduce our impact on global climate change, from our operations and our supply chain. We work with stakeholders to adapt agricultural systems to climate change. Since 2008 we reduced our CO2/m² emissions by 29% (including indirect and direct energy, refrigeration and transportation related emissions). By 2020 we aim to reduce our CO2/m² emissions by 38%. The refrigerants used in our stores and warehouses are Ozone-friendly (99,8%). By 2020 we want 100% of our refrigerants to be Ozone-friendly, which would bring our average Global Warming Potential (GWP) down to 2230 from 2811. Moreover, we developed transportation trucks that use cutting-edge CryoTech refrigeration systems. This technology emits 90% less CO2 than conventional trucks.

14. Life below water

Delhaize is concerned by the problem of overfishing. Since 2009 - and in partnership with WWF (World Wide Fund) - Delhaize Belgium proposes a maximum of sustainable products in its local market. Due to current fishing practices, a growing amount of fish stock is being threatened as a result of overfishing, by catch methods or destruction of the marine habitat.

12. Responsible consumption and production

Delhaize aims to reduce the impact of its activities on the planet. The following examples give an idea of things we do to produce and consume more responsibly: (1) Use as much RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil as possible in our private brand products. By 2020, we want 100% of our private brand products to be traceable and RSPO certified; (2) Use 100% sustainable wood fibers in our private brand products by 2020; (3) Recycle our own waste, including cardboard, paper, plastic, food or other types of waste recycled from our stores, warehouses and offices. By 2020, we aim to have 82% of our waste recycled; (4) Map production sites in countries at risk of poor working conditions for all private brand products excluding fruits and vegetables. Countries at risk are defined by the Business Social Compliance Initiative. By 2020, we want all of our factories to have fair working conditions.

13. Climate action

By signing the COP21 engagement letter, we commit to take voluntary action to reduce environmental and carbon footprints. We implement this by setting targets to reduce our current own GHG emissions and/or energy consumption, while also collaborating in supply chains and at sectorial levels. We agree on the need for inspirational and meaningful global action and aligned messaging. We will act as ambassadors for climate action, focusing on solutions and economic opportunities. We will help raise public awareness. We will actively manage climate risks and incorporate them in decision making — not least to realize growth opportunities. We will take steps to implement effective strategies to strengthen not only our companies’ but also societal resilience.

8. Decent work and economic growth

By our commitment to the Charter ‘Decent Work for All, we recognize the unique skills and talent every person can offer, regardless their gender, age, sexual orientation, cultural or social background, disability, or personal situation. We acknowledge that all actors from different sectors –private, social, public -need to join forces to integrate unemployed people in the labour market and address the obstacles to professional integration. We want to build well-connected ecosystems in which we collaborate to increase social impact. We express our commitment towards Decent work for all, including inclusive recruiting, and we will act in accordance of the charter. This means to us, as an actor of private sector, striving actively to create decent and sustainable jobs in an inclusive work environment, to reflect the diversity of our society in the workforce and to embed “Decent work for all” in the company culture. As one with all actors, we will define and communicate a target and action plan for inclusive recruiting to reflect the diversity of society in the workforce. We will leverage the organization’s resources to have an impact on decent work for all (internships, expertise, volunteering, lobbying, funding). We will contact other organizations to create or join the ecosystem to reach the target for inclusive workforce (recruiting and retention). We will share best practices with other organizations to inforce the ecosystem for decent work. We will report on results and lessons learned to decision makers in the companies and our country.

17. Partnerships for the goals

“Als varkens en kippen goed eten, eet ook jij beter.” Op basis van dat eenvoudig principe besloot Delhaize om de productieketen van varkensvlees en eieren grondig te herzien om in alle supermarkten varkensvlees en eieren met ‘Beter voor iedereen’-label aan te bieden. Lekker, 100% Belgisch en gezond. Om varkens- en kippenkwekers over de streep te trekken, heeft Delhaize zich geëngageerd om de kosten voor het veranderen van veevoeder te betalen en biedt het kwekers een financiële incentive. Meer info:

Sustainability Report Delhaize 2015
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