Julian

The Grocer has just released its green edition. This contains a series of articles on what retailers and brands are doing to become greener as well as rankings made by an independent consultancy.

We were ranked the 3rd greenest supermarket behind M&S and Sainsbury’s and ahead of Tesco, The Co-Op and Morrisons. If you factor in the big brands we also came ahead of the likes of Unilever, Coke, PepsiCo and Kraft amongst others. I’m happy with this result because I also know it doesn’t take into account new goals we will be announcing later this year in two key areas of our sustainability strategy. Really well done to all my colleagues that their work has got us to this achievement.

Posted by Julian on 02 October 2012
Julian

Barry Williams is the top man for food at Asda, what we call the Chief Merchandising Officer for Food. Here’s someone truly driven by helping people to save money whilst delivering ‘Value with Values’. He gave me a challenge a while back to closer support him and his teams to become more sustainable. I love a challenge and this led to the creation of the Asda Sustain & Save Exchange.

Back in January I described how we were engaging with 2degrees to trial an innovative tool to help our suppliers become more sustainable, save cash and become closer strategic partners. Well this has been a phenomenal success.

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Posted by Julian on 15 October 2012
Julian

I’ve just come back from Northern Ireland where I was attending and speaking at the Business in the Community’s first Summit there. I also spent time in store and talking to colleagues. The Summit was excellent and spoke to the role that business must play in helping to make a difference, particularly in these current challenging times. Northern Ireland’s economy in particular is not recovering as fast as the rest of the UK and youth unemployment is rising.

I was asked by BBC Radio our views on our role and gave a quick interview alongside Mike Barry of M&S. I love to collaborate with other companies as together we can make the most difference even if our view on making sustainability affordable and accessible is different to how M&S see themselves. Mike’s a great guy. You can hear the clip below:

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Posted by Julian on 22 October 2012
Julian

Kathryn’s time as the 2012 sustainability intern in my team comes imminently. She’s been an amazing asset teaming up with me on the Walmart global palm oil project and a really nice person to work with. I’m off to Singapore now for the annual RSPO palm oil meeting (more to come on this as we’ve got a very exciting announcement to make there!) so we’ve said our ‘goodbyes’.

Kathryn kindly filmed a few thoughts, above. I’m delighted that I once again achieved my aim of a two-way internship – we get some needed support but our interns get a boost from it too. For Kathryn this means that she is off to a fab new job at Bureau Veritas. That makes it two for two as my first intern last year, Ellie, went off to a great job at DHL. Both have said that the internship was a major factor in them getting these positions. I firmly believe that the fantastic Asda culture helped both of them to achieve their full potential.

Posted by Julian on 29 October 2012