Musgrave has launched its new ‘Taking Care of Our World’ sustainability strategy.
Musgrave announced a range of new sustainability commitments across its operations and retail brands including plans to reduce the company’s carbon footprint by 70% by 2025, the equivalent of removing 20,000 cars off the road per year or 29,000 tonnes of CO2.
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton, who was in attendance today said: “Industry must show leadership in responding to what is the greatest challenge of our time. The Climate Action Plan is published now. It is our roadmap forward. Every enterprise must look at how they operate their own business, with a view to doing so more sustainably.
The strategy being launched today will be welcomed by consumers who are now looking to retailers to act in a way that is more conscious of their impact on the environment," Minister Bruton added.
"I welcome in particular, the impact this strategy will have on Musgrave’s overall network. The entire retail industry has a powerful role to play in tackling this issue.”
Musgrave’s ‘Taking Care of Our World’ sustainability strategy consists of 25 commitments to reduce impacts on the environment.
A sample of these commitments as outlined by the wholesaler include: making 100% of its own brand, fresh produce and in-store packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025; reducing the carbon impact of the company’s operations across the island of Ireland by 70% by 2025; operating all Musgrave facilities with 100% green electricity and sending zero recoverable waste to landfill and ensuring that food surplus is used to alleviate food poverty through partnerships with re-distribution charities and that food waste is minimised.
“We have a responsibility to make a difference to the health and well-being of our people, partners and consumers, whilst supporting the communities we serve and reducing our environmental impacts," said Chris Martin, chief executive, Musgrave.
The need for change is urgent particularly in areas such as health, climate change and plastics; Musgrave is committed to significant operational and behavioural transformation to leave a positive legacy for the generations that follow.”
As a partner to over 1,400 retailers, Musgrave said that it will also help this wider network minimise the environmental and climate change impacts of their operations.
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