Sustainability

We’re the first supermarket to publish comprehensive data on the fisheries that supply us so you can see exactly how and where our wild fish is caught – and how sustainable they are.

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

We’ve teamed up with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to publish the first of our Wild Fisheries Annual Reviews.

The new report has been welcomed by Greenpeace and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, both of whom have campaigned for more transparency from supermarkets on seafood sourcing. It covers all the source fisheries we used between January 1st 2013 and December 31st 2013. Not all of the 64 fisheries that supply us have data available – we are working with the eight that don’t to improve the way they report. We’ve also pledged to ensure that all fisheries that need improvement take appropriate action.

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Posted in Sustainability on 04 July 2014
Sustainability

We are donating £262,177.79 to charities and good causes in Wales from the sale of 5p carrier bags 2013/2014.

We’ve listened to feedback from customers and colleagues which is why this year we’ve chosen to support charities and good causes that benefit people and communities in Wales.

Half the money will go to Wales Community Foundation to distribute to community projects throughout Wales. The other half will be split between six hospices, the Welsh Air Ambulance and Royal National Lifeboat Institute in Wales and Keep Wales Tidy.

Customers pay 5p per bag at all our stores in Wales following compulsory charges brought in by the Welsh Assembly in 2011. We donate the full 5p charge (less VAT) to our chosen charities and good causes.

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Posted in Sustainability on 29 May 2014
Sustainability

At Asda we’re dedicated to keeping prices low and delivering great value to you, our customer.

Saving you money every day isn’t just a slogan you know – we make it our daily mission.

We think you’ll agree that value for money is simply good business.

But we know we can always be better, and we’re continually working to make Asda a better business, for our customers, colleagues and the planet.

Better means treating our colleagues and suppliers more fairly, cutting down on energy use in stores, and helping you find healthy, affordable products. These actions are good for people and for the planet. While some call it sustainability – we just call it better business.

This isn’t something new to us. We’ve always worked hard to reduce our impact on the environment. Since 2005, with our parent company Walmart, we’ve been measuring our achievements in three key areas: products, energy, and waste.

We’re proud to say we’ve made real progress, generating some fantastic stories along the way, as well as setting ambitious plans for the future.

Now we want to invite you to join us on this journey. Whether it’s cutting back on food waste or the energy use in the home, we know everyone can get involved. And it doesn’t have to cost the earth!

Read on for more information. You can download our full sustainability strategy with our achievements and targets here.#

06 December 2011
Sustainability | Sustainable Palm Oil

Palm oil is one of the safest and most useful oils around. It ends up in a lot of the products we buy, from chocolate to medicines.

The problem is that because it’s so useful, demand is high. In the last ten years, global production has doubled. By the year 2000, palm oil was the most produced and traded vegetable oil in the world (FAO).

This can obviously have a huge impact on the areas where it’s grown, as man-made plantations affect the environment, wildlife and surrounding communities. We won’t ban the use of palm oil, but we will work extremely hard to source it sustainably, and persuade other businesses like ours to do the same.

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Posted in Sustainability | Sustainable Palm Oil on 21 February 2011