LONDON, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — REWE Group has won the 2017 NACS Insight European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. The award was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe awards dinner in London on June 14.
The award recognizes REWE Group for its leadership on developing and implementing sustainable strategies and making sustainability a core aspect of the company’s mission. Since implementing its sustainable practices nearly a decade ago, REWE Group views sustainability as both a process and a fundamental attitude that is firmly ingrained in its corporate culture.
Judges agreed that REWE Group is committed to being an industry pacesetter and instilling sustainability into the collective conscious of society. This commitment is based on REWE Group’s 2010 Guidelines for Sustainable Business Practices, which exemplify that sustainability is a fundamental element of its business strategy. As part of its sustainable business practices, REWE Group assumes responsibility for its employees, works fairly with partners and suppliers, promotes more sustainable product ranges, acts in an environmentally and climate-friendly manner and serves as an advocate of biodiversity and a sustainable society.
“Focusing on sustainability not only helps protect our world and resources, it is also good for business, and REWE Group demonstrates its commitment through its four pillars of sustainability: green products; employees; energy, climate and the environment; and social involvement,” said Ern Sherman, vice president of industry affairs for The Coca-Cola Company. “Coca-Cola is proud to recognize REWE Group, which shares our passion for making a lasting, positive difference for businesses and communities.”
The European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award is given to a convenience retailing company that has pursued a sustainability initiative that has significantly improved commercial performance, competitiveness, customer perception, staff engagement and prospects for continued financial strength.
At the June 14 NACS Insight International Convenience Retail Awards ceremony, winners were also announced for the International Convenience Retailer of the Year and the European Convenience Retail Technology Award.
Now in its fourth year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Zurich on June 10 with education and store tours and ends on June 15 in London.
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NACS advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily—half of the U.S. population—and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.
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