Sustainability Commitment Schwarz Group signs UN initiative
The Schwarz Group has long been committed to sustainability goals in production, supplier relations and corporate management. In a bid to reinforce this commitment, the group has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) with its subsidiaries Lidl and Kaufland as well as Schwarz Produktion and the Greencycle/Prezero recycling business. All companies of the group, including 430,000 employees in over 30 countries, will now observe ten principles of sustainability in the areas of human rights, social standards, the environment and anti-corruption.
The UN Global Compact was founded in 2000 and is considered the world's largest and most important sustainability initiative. More than 13,000 companies from over 160 countries are actively involved in responsible, sustainable business activities. In Germany, the network includes companies such as Aldi Nord und Süd, Tchibo, Beiersdorf and Nestlé.
By joining, the Schwarz Group declares sustainability to be a strategic issue. "The harmony of economic, ecological and social concerns has always been a guiding principle of our Group," said Gerd Chrzanowski, Chairman of the Schwarz Group's Executive Board. As Europe's largest retail company, which covers the entire supply chain from production and distribution to disposal and recyclables management, the Schwarz Group could achieve a particularly great impact in the implementation of social and ecological standards in national and global supply chains, according to Chrzanowski.
In terms of sustainable corporate management, the group has already implemented a great number of measures. For example, the commitment to the social concerns of the employees is reflected, among other things, in above-average remuneration and the adherence to the collective bargaining partnership in the domestic market. Environmental protection activities are particularly far-reaching. The sustainable product range is being expanded through the application of various standards and product certificates. The in-house recycling business and reusable materials management are also being systematically developed.
With its commitment to the principles of sustainability in line with the UN initiative, the Schwarz Group wants to strengthen the confidence of a growing number of customers, suppliers and potential specialists and managers. The Group will provide information on the continuous implementation of the sustainability principles in an annual progress report.
This text was originally published in German and machine-translated into English.