Lidl Ireland clinches European Excellence Award for CSR

Owen Keogh. head of CSR at Lidl Ireland with JP Scally, CEO of Lidl Ireland

Ireland’s only winning company beat out more than 800 entries for its CSR Progress Report



14 December 2021

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Lidl Ireland has been awarded a coveted European Excellence Award 2021 for its Corporate Social Responsibility Progress Report which was launched this year. The only winning Irish entry at the high-profile awards, Lidl says the accolade underscores its commitment to transparent reporting and progress achieved on Lidl’s CSR targets and initiatives from 2019 – 2020.

In August 2021, Lidl launched its third progress report at the retailer’s inaugural Sustainability Focus Event, the first of its kind hosted by a supermarket retailer in the country and outlined its progress on its A Better Tomorrow corporate social responsibility strategy.

Lidl’s sustainability measures range from having the largest array of solar panelling in the country, to launching the world’s first dedicated period poverty initiative, implementing ground-breaking compassionate leave workplace initiatives for employees affected by early miscarriage and pregnancy loss, to removing millions of plastic bags from circulation

“We are thrilled to see our significant efforts in the field of sustainability being recognised on the global stage at this year’s prestigious awards,” said Owen Keogh, head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Lidl Ireland. “It is a testament to all our colleagues from teams across the business who have delivered innovative initiatives and programmes that have a measurement impact on our environment and communities we serve.

“Low prices do not mean you have to compromise on quality or shopping more sustainably, because by shopping at Lidl, our customers are supporting the most progressive supermarket in the country,” Keogh added.

As part of the report launch, Lidl also announced its commitment to becoming a carbon neutral business by 2025, as well as a dedicated Supplier Engagement Programme and enabling customers to lower their carbon impact through EV charging points. The retailer also plans to further progress on its targets by committing to a 46% reduction on its operational emissions by 2030.




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