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Carrefour Belgium outlines its environmental growth prospects

Belgium, 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — In early June, Carrefour Belgium invited the suppliers of its own-brand products to the traditional presentation of its annual quality and sustainability performance results. This presentation was an opportunity for Carrefour Belgium to outline the growth prospects that it has set itself in the more or less short term.

•    Reduce its CO2 emissions by 40% between now and 2025
•    Increase the numbers of own-brand health products and organic products that it sells

Carrefour Belgium’s suppliers were also invited to take part in an anti-waste competition specifically designed for them.

There are a number of different considerations involved in improving Carrefour products:

Ever mindful of its customers’ health, Carrefour has already reduced the salt content and additives in its products. And for 2016, it wants to reduce their sugar content.

Preserving biodiversity
More than ever, Carrefour is encouraging the development of products that are MSC, ASC, FSC certified, or eco-labelled, etc. Furthermore, it has banned GMOs in all of its own-brand products. In 2016, new Bio Food products will start appearing in stores.

Fair Trade products enjoyed a sharp increase in popularity in 2015. At the same time, the Group is being extremely vigilant when it comes to any purchases made from countries outside Europe. This vigilance involves several thousand audits being monitored out in the field, carried out alongside the relevant international associations.

Reduction and improvement in packaging
The options available for reducing the amount of packaging used are looked into for each and every Belgian product. Three priorities are taken into consideration: food safety, functionality and durability (carbon and water).

Regarding the environment
Carrefour’s anti-waste policy has underpinned everything it does for several years now. Within this framework, a competition designed to encourage suppliers to manufacture their products in an environmentally friendly way is organised every year in the countries in which Carrefour operates, as well as at international level. Permanently reducing energy consumption and developing solutions that are more environmentally friendly have enabled Carrefour Belgium to commit to the following: reduce its CO2 emissions by 40% between now and 2025.

Local roots
Let’s all go Belgetarian
Carrefour Belgium supports Belgian producers and works alongside 711 of them in order to produce 10,000 of the products it sells in its stores.

Food donations
Carrefour is one of the partners of the “bourse aux dons” scheme, designed to more effectively manage donations. It has been deployed across three of the country’s regions for all donors and donees. Carrefour supplies products to 5 welfare groceries. Every year, Carrefour organises a campaign to collect vital provisions and supplies from its customers.

Anti-wastage competition
A competition is held designed to encourage suppliers to factor in environmental considerations into their manufacturing processes.
In 2015, the Carrefour group tackled companies’ carbon footprints within the framework of its international competition. Carrefour Belgium invites its producers to submit an existing initiative or an idea designed to reduce food wastage in the company (a manufacturing process, a personnel awareness-raising campaign, a new piece of equipment, for example). With the help of a panel of experts, Carrefour Belgium will short-list the ideas it receives to decide which one will represent Belgium in the international competition.

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