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Lidl Germany Publishes Third Sustainability Report

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Discounter Lidl Germany has published its third sustainability report, detailing its measures and progress for the fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

The report includes updated key figures in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative standard and incorporates the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

To save paper, the retailer published the sustainability report in a digital format only.

Sustainability Report

To precisely identify sustainability topics relevant for the future, Lidl Germany conducted a new materiality analysis and adjusted the topics depicted in the new report.

Elsewhere in its report, the retailer shared an overview of the sustainability measures implemented by it and the success in meeting its targets.

Christian Härtnagel, CEO of Lidl Germany, commented, "Our new sustainability report confirms that we are on the right track with regard to our Sustainability Strategy 2030 and with our commitment to greater sustainability throughout the entire value chain at Lidl.

"We have already achieved a lot with our numerous sustainability projects, for example in the areas of energy and climate protection as well as animal welfare and recycling. Every day, we continue to work on living up to our responsibility as a company in the future. Always with the overriding goal of becoming the most sustainable fresh food discounter in Germany."

Lidl Germany Sustainability Initiatives

Lidl Germany claims to be the first retailer in the country to pilot the 'Eco-Score' sustainability label for select products in its Berlin stores in 2021.

In addition, the food retailer is increasing the transparency of upstream and downstream Scope 3 emissions.

The group reduced its Scope 2 emissions by 97.4% in the fiscal year 2021 compared to the previous year by switching to green electricity in all stores, logistics centres and administrative buildings in 2020.

In the area of animal welfare, the company achieved its goal of expanding the share of fresh poultry in levels 3 and 4 of the husbandry form label to 20%.

Furthermore, the retailer took first place in both the Oxfam Supermarket Check 2022 in Germany and the WWF Deforestation Scorecard for its consistent commitment to human rights in global supply chains and to forest conservation and biodiversity.

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