Moving towards sustainable operations is a big part of our thinking.
As one of New Zealand's largest businesses with a nationwide network of supermarkets, four distribution centres, three processing plants and two support offices, reducing the environmental impact as our business grows has meant a concerted effort across all areas of the business. We've had to make sizeable environmental gains, quickly, to off-set the impact of new stores, which is a challenge with a large number of existing stores with older infrastructure.
With the introduction of more energy efficient refrigeration systems, LED lighting, freezers that reduce cold air loss, and heat reclaim technology we've taken huge steps in energy reduction. Every store since 2006 has had incremental improvement in sustainable performance.
In 2017, we launched 20 new commitments out to 2020 which focus on sustainability. These goals fall under the three categories of People, Planet and Prosperity, and align with the United Nations’ 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. You can learn more about those 2020 commitments here.
We're proud to say we won the Business Leadership category at the 2017 Green Ribbon Awards for our Food Rescue Programme. This reduces food waste going to landfill which has an impact on our land and greenhouse gas production, while feeding people in need.
The Green Ribbon Awards, run by the Ministry for the Environment, recognise the outstanding contributions made by individuals, organisations, businesses and communities to protect and enhance New Zealand’s environment.
Find out more about our Environmental initiatives below.