Carrefour commits its suppliers to reduce its carbon emissions of products sold

Deniza Cristian 11/02/2022 | 13:42

In line with its environmental objectives, the Carrefour Group encourages its suppliers under the Food Transition Pact (a mutual commitment between the Group and its main partners to transform food systems) to reduce the CO2 emissions associated with the manufacture and use of products by 20 megatons, by 2030. The progress of this approach can be tracked through a collaborative online platform, developed in partnership with PepsiCo and over twenty other international Carrefour suppliers. 

 

Uniting for climate action 

The Carrefour Group is committed to being a leader in the food transition for all, an ambition that is embodied in the global umbrella program Act for Food, translated into local programs such as Creștem România BIO (We grow Romania BIO), Deschidem Vinul Românesc (Open the Romanian Wine) or partnerships with local producers and agricultural cooperatives. Moreover, Carrefour’s vision is to generate a food transition process that respects and protects the environment, which is brought to life locally, for example, through the Punem Preț pe Plastic (We value Plastic) program, which turns plastic into a currency. 

Committed to a food transition for all that is respectful of the environment, Carrefour Group unveiled in October its target of carbon neutrality by 2040 on its direct activities (Scopes 1 and 2). 

In addition to this commitment, the Carrefour Group is engaged across the full scope of its indirect emissions (Scope 3) and in particular the impact concerning the use and manufacture of products sold. This represents the largest part of Carrefour’s emissions. 

The Group’s ambition is to engage its suppliers to reduce 20 megatons of CO2 by 2030 (vs. 2019). To track its progress and to engage its partners, the Group is launching a collaborative online platform open to all its suppliers where they can report progress and share their actions to reduce their carbon emissions. 

This platform will allow Carrefour Group to monitor the commitments and progress of its suppliers in its fight against global warming and to highlight innovative actions. The platform was developed within the framework of the Climate Working Group of Carrefour’s Food Transition Pact, co-led by PepsiCo and includes the participation of Beiersdorf, Bel, Carambar & Co, Coca-Cola, Danone, Essity, Heineken, Henkel, Innocent, JDE, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg’s, Kimberly-Clark, L’Oréal, Mars, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt, Savencia, Soufflet and Unilever. 

As part of this collaborative approach, Carrefour has worked with PepsiCo and independent climate experts to develop the reporting methodology and supplier platform. In May 2022, Carrefour will report on the first results of this supplier engagement campaign. 

“Transforming the entire value chain, from production to the shelves, is both an ambitious and necessary challenge in the fight against climate change. To achieve this, it is essential to unite all our stakeholders, including our partners, our customers and, of course, our suppliers. This is at the core of Carrefour’s mission to lead on the food transition for all. Our collaboration with PepsiCo and more than twenty of our suppliers to build this platform will take us one step closer to achieving our ambition of carbon neutrality.”, explains Carine Kraus, Executive Director of Engagement, Carrefour Group.

“Our planet is in environmental crisis and there is no vaccine for climate change. Collaboration across the food system is critical to address the climate emergency. We are proud to be working with Carrefour on their ambitious 20 Megatons initiative. This work supports our global commitment to a net zero carbon footprint by 2040. Through our co-leadership of the Climate working group, we’re combining our expertise in reducing GHG emissions to accelerate this critical work.”, comments Silviu Popovici, Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo Europe.

Transforming the food system 

In order to fulfill its mission of leading the food transition for all, Carrefour launched in 2019 the Food Transition Pact, a mutual commitment between the Group and its main industrial partners to transform food systems with a focus on five key areas: responsible products, transparency, packaging, biodiversity and climate. At national level, Carrefour Romania took over this action, inviting local partners to join also. Thus, of the 28 companies invited to the Food Transition Pact to take concrete actions for the benefit of customers, 8 are local partners: Albalact, Dry Fruits Transylvania, Delaco, Friesland Campina, Fuchs, Five Continents, Strauss Coffee and Smithfield Romania. 

In addition, in December 2021, the Group organized the first edition of the European Food Transition Awards competition, which recognized the company’s most responsible suppliers in terms of CSR and the most emblematic products in this regard. The jury also awarded a national prize for each of the six European countries participating in the competition. In Romania, Agricola Bacău has been recognized with the product “Happy chicken raised 100% without antibiotics” (”Puiul Fericit crescut 100% Fără Antibiotice”), created especially for Romanian consumers who want to rediscover the authentic taste of chicken traditionally bred. In the top 3 finalists were also: Dorna, with mineral water at Pet 0.5l and Dero with Lavender Liquid Detergent 1l, products that have been presented by Carrefour Romania in its catalogs as winning products of the European Food Transition Awards, in order to promote the sustainability practices of the partner suppliers. Furthermore, the European products recognized at the competition that can be found on the shelf in stores in Romania were also featured similarly in catalogs, among them: Barilla Spaghetti no. 5 (500 g), Pampers Harmony Diapers, Ariel Pods All in 1, Garnier Botanic Therapy Solid Shampoo with Honey. 

Carrefour’s CSR commitments 

To reduce the maximum of its direct emissions from its activities, Carrefour plans to use 100% renewable electricity for its warehouses and shops by 2030, reduce energy consumption and replace the use of fluorinated refrigerants with natural fluids. 

During the presentation of the Digital Retail Strategy 2026 at the Digital Day, Alexandre Bompard, 

Carrefour’s Chairman and CEO, also announced that the Group was aiming for carbon neutrality of all e-commerce activities by 2030, a decade ahead of the Group’s overall target. This ambition implies neutrality in terms of CO2 emissions of the impact of the entire purchasing act, from click to delivery. 

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