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Massmart recognises suppliers for industry-leading commitment to environmental sustainability

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Massmart today hosted an event in Rosebank, Johannesburg to honour local suppliers for their ongoing commitment, exceptional performance and implementation of environmentally-sustainable business practices.

 

The initiative, set to become an annual event, is designed to promote responsible environmental practices in Massmart’s supply chain.

 

“We know that Massmart plays a connecting role between suppliers and customers,” says Massmart Group Sustainability Manager Alexander Haw. “Our supplier engagement programme enables us to share environmental good practice between different suppliers and allows us to benchmark their performance against that of their peers. We hope in this way to promote sustainable change.”

 

Winners of the inaugural 2014 Massmart 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:

 

  • Mondi
  • Sappi  
  • York Timbers
  • Harlequin Paints
  • Aspen
  • Backsberg Estate Cellars
  • Sea Harvest
  • I&J
  • Eveready

 

For, among other things, their contribution to wetland conservation, a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions since 2004 and deriving over 60% of their operational energy requirements from renewables in their South African operations, Mondi South Africa was identified as the overall winner. Group Corporate Affairs Manager Lora Rossler says: “At Mondi, we recognise that we are operating in a world of constrained resources, facing environmental and social challenges which are global in scale and local in nature.  We believe that addressing environmental sustainability makes good business sense, and we focus on minimising the impacts of Mondi’s operations on forests, climate and water; and encouraging sustainable practices in the industry.   In South Africa our Rotatrim brand forms part of Mondi’s Green Range which consists of products with credible certification to indicate that they are produced using fibre sourced from responsibly managed forests or products which are totally chlorine-free paper  or products which are made from 100% recycled paper.”

 

Congratulating the winners, Haw said each supplier had demonstrated leadership in the area of sustainable environmental management.

 

Since 2009 Massmart has been surveying, on a self-assessment basis, the environmental practices of key suppliers. This process has enabled the company to profile the environmental practices of 494 suppliers, on up to 35 environmental indicators since 2011. Massmart’s surveys cover among other things: packaging rationalistation, 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,” concludes Haw.

 

For queries contact

Annaleigh Vallie – Group Communication Manager

+2711 797 0293

 

Lucy Balimba– Communication Manager

+2711 797 0938

 

Notes to Editors

 

About Massmart

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 384 stores in 12 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.

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