Delhaize Group recently announced its inclusion in the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), tailored for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios.
The Belgian company is one of four retailers in the world and one of three in Europe to be included in the DJSI for the Food and Staples Retailing sector. Delhaize received a total score of 73, well above the industry median score of 43. Delhaize performance was balanced among economic, environmental and social.
"This is an outstanding achievement that reflects our ongoing commitment to be a sustainability leader in all of our markets," said Frans Muller, Delhaize Group president and CEO. "We are particularly proud that we achieved strong results in all categories, especially related to our strategic focus areas of sustainable private brand sourcing and zero waste. Our score reflects the significant efforts and investments made by the group and our 150,000 associates worldwide."
Muller noted that Delhaize’s 2020 “Supergood” Ambition is a key lever of the strategic framework of overarching guiding principles the company introduced last year.
"Our progress over the last year has clearly been recognized by the DJSI assessment. We moved closer to our 2020 goals, and further embedded sustainable business practices by establishing more specific and more measurable targets that help us improve and build on our sustainability performance,” he said. "We thank all of our associates and business partners for their dedication and support."
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