Belgotex Floors Takes Top Honours At Massmart Supplier Environmental Awards
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Massmart is pleased to announce that Belgotex Floors was today awarded top honours at the 2015 Massmart Supplier Environmental Awards. Now in its second year, the awards honour Massmart’s local suppliers for their commitment and exceptional performance in the implementation of environmentally-sustainable business practices.
At a ceremony held at the World Wildlife Fund headquarters in Johannesburg, Massmart’s top ten performing suppliers were recognised for their commitment to sustainable supply chain management, followed by the selection of an overall winner for 2015.
Massmart Group Sustainability Manager Alex Haw said: “It is always difficult to choose just one winner, however in light of the water scarcities that South Africa faces, we applaud the work that Belgotex is doing to reuse water and reduce energy and chemical consumption.”
Some of the company’s sustainable business practices and product development initiatives include installing the largest single roof-mounted 1MW solar plant in South Africa as well as an onsite water treatment plant that re-uses all the water from their operations. Belgotex Floors’ solar plant currently provides 5% of their annual energy requirement and the company has vastly reduced its water, chemical and energy consumption by making all its products from solution-dyed yarns and fibres.
The finalists of the 2015 Massmart Supplier Environmental Awards were selected based on an environmental self-assessment survey, stakeholder input from leading environmental NGOs and site visits to verify their survey feedback. The finalists include:
- Sea Harvest
- York Timbers
- Paarman Foods
Haw said each supplier had demonstrated leadership in the area of sustainable environmental management from the way they run their operations to the design of their products.
Since 2009 Massmart has been surveying the environmental practices of key suppliers on a self-assessment basis. This process has enabled the company to profile the environmental practices of 1000 suppliers, on up to 35 environmental indicators since 2011.
The surveys cover among other things: packaging rationalisation, water conservation, operational energy efficiency, environmental product attributes, third party certification and biodiversity impact mitigation. The company has also developed additional surveys that deal with sustainable seafood and timber sourcing.
“We believe opportunities exist to work closely with our suppliers to implement programmes that support more sustainable supply and consumerism,” concluded Haw.
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Notes to Editors
Massmart is a managed portfolio of four divisions, each focused on high volume, low margin, low-cost distribution of mainly branded consumer goods for cash, through 400 stores in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. At Massmart we recognise that we have a role to play in working with our suppliers to manufacture and source products in an environmentally sustainable and responsible manner.