Lidl Ireland has been awarded a European Excellence Award 2021 for its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Progress Report which was launched this year.
The only winning Irish entry at the high-profile awards underscores the retailer’s commitment to transparent reporting and progress achieved on Lidl’s CSR targets and initiatives from 2019 – 2020.
'A Better Tomorrow'
In August 2021, Lidl launched its 3rd progress report at the retailer’s inaugural Sustainability Focus Event, the first of its kind hosted by a supermarket retailer in the country and outlined its progress on its 'A Better Tomorrow' corporate social responsibility strategy.
Speaking about Lidl’s success at the awards, Owen Keogh, head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Lidl Ireland, said, “It is a testament to all our colleagues from teams across the business who have delivered innovative initiatives and programmes that have a measurement impact on our environment and communities we serve."
“Low prices do not mean you have to compromise on quality or shopping more sustainably, because by shopping at Lidl, our customers are supporting the most progressive supermarket in the country," he said.
"This award demonstrates our industry leading approach to corporate social responsibility and protecting our environment and the communities we operate in for many years to come,” Keogh added.
As part of the report launch, Lidl also announced its commitment to becoming a carbon neutral business by 2025, as well as a dedicated Supplier Engagement Programme and enabling customers to lower their carbon impact through EV charging points.
The retailer said that it also plans to further progress on its targets by committing to a 46% reduction on its operational emissions by 2030.
Lidl is committed to working with more than 400 Irish suppliers to bring the best of local produce to their network of 171 stores across the country.