Countdown reduces gender wage gap to 1.11% and carbon emissions by 8.8%

Countdown’s latest Corporate Social Responsibility Report tracks positive progress towards meeting 2020 CSR goals

Reducing its gender wage gap to 1.11 per cent and carbon emissions by 8.8 per cent, are just two of the highlights included in Countdown’s latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which was released today.

The 2018 report publicly tracks Countdown’s progress towards meeting its 20 ambitious Corporate Social Responsibility goals, which were set in 2017 to be achieved by 2020.

Kiri Hannifin, Countdown’s General Manager Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, says the report is a clear demonstration of the business’ ongoing commitment to its team, sustainability and improving the lives of Kiwis.

“To us, being sustainable means we demonstrate our values in our everyday activities and behaviour. It’s about doing the right thing by our team, our customers and the environment,” says Kiri Hannifin.

“Our 2020 goals have allowed us to focus our attention really effectively on the areas where we can make a tangible difference for New Zealand and New Zealanders. I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last financial year.  

“Being able to reduce our gender wage gap to 1.11 per cent, phase out single-use plastic carrier bags, further reduce our carbon emissions and donate $6.3 million worth of food to our food rescue partners and local farmers are just some of the fantastic things we have done with the support of our team and customers,” Kiri says.

Other key highlights from the report include:

  • Removing more than 70 tonnes of plastic from produce.
  • Reducing carbon emissions by a further 8.8 per cent as compared to the last financial year.
  • Gaining White Ribbon accreditation.
  • Supporting the local economy by sourcing 100 per cent of fresh chicken, lamb and pork, and 97 per cent of fresh beef, from New Zealand farmers.
  • Raising $1.26 million for children’s hospitals through the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal.
  • Increasing the number of own brand products with a Health Star Rating to 82 per cent.
  • Increasing the number of Countdown own brand products containing certified timber, pulp or paper to 77 per cent in FY18 - up 22 per cent from FY17.

To read the full report, visit here

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