After a successful inaugural edition, Carrefour presented the second edition of Sustainability Awards under the patronage of the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainability, Transport and Housing last month.
For its second edition of the awards, Carrefour recognised the excellence of the companies and SMEs that have made the best efforts in terms of sustainability by presenting awards corresponding to various sectors of operations: Market Products, Grocery Products and Non-Food Products. It also rewarded the best progress demonstrated by a supplier (all sectors combined) in terms of commitment to sustainability with a fourth distinction: The Progress Award.
Involved in efforts to promote sustainability for over 20 years, Carrefour created the Carrefour Sustainability Awards in 2009 to encourage the suppliers of its own-brand products to reduce their environmental footprints.
The 2010 award recipients were:
The Market Products Award: Médithau, Marseillan (department of Hérault, France)
This company, which in the framework of the Carrefour Quality Line supplies Spanish rope mussels and Bouzigues oysters, was recognised for its labour policies and innovative use of photovoltaic panels in its oyster-raising operations.
The Grocery Products Award: Refresco France, Margès (department of Drôme, France)
This company, which develops and packages fruit juice, still and sparkling beverages in bottles and cans for the Carrefour brand, was recognised this year for its work in eco-friendly packaging design and water consumption savings.
The Non-Foods Products Award: Santens, Oudenaarde (Belgium)
This manufacturer of organic cotton napkins, bathmats and bathrobes for Carrefour’s Tex brand was rewarded for its responsible purchasing strategy and waste-reduction efforts.
The Progress Award: Cartiera Lucchese (Lucart), Diecimo (Italy)
Cartiera Lucchese, a manufacturer of toilet tissue, facial tissue, paper towels and napkins for the Carrefour and Carrefour Eco Planète lines, was recognised for its achievements in reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, with progress in its results amounting to over 60 per cent.
For the coming years, Carrefour has set itself new and more ambitious sustainability goals: reduce its energy consumption by 30 per cent per sq. m by 2015, recycle 70 per cent of its waste by 2012 and use only certified responsible palm oil in Carrefour products by 2015.
– IndiaRetailing Bureau