Zaandam, the Netherlands – Ahold was included in the Food & Staples Retailing industry group in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the 7th consecutive year today. This demonstrates its commitment to responsible retailing.
Ahold received a top score in supply chain management and raw materials sourcing, and also performed particularly well on environmental and social criteria, which are key elements in its sustainability strategy.
Ahold CEO Dick Boer said: “This recognition makes me proud of Ahold and all of our 227,000 associates. Responsible retailing is a fundamental ingredient of our Reshaping Retail strategy, and this proves that we are on the right track. Our place in this influential ranking only drives our ambition to be a responsible retailer.”
The ranking demonstrates the progress that Ahold has made in recent years. Ahold scored 76 (out of 100), compared to the industry average of 47. The Food & Staples Retailing sector lead scored 77.
The DJSI World started in 1999 as the first global sustainability benchmark, tracking the performance of the world’s leading companies on economic, environmental and social criteria.
Through its Responsible Retailing program, Ahold promises customers healthy choices and products that are made with respect for people, animals and the environment. The strategy focuses on five priority areas: healthy living, community well-being, our people, responsible products and care for the environment. Responsible Retailing is one of the six strategic pillars supporting Ahold’s ambition to grow as part of its Reshaping Retail framework.
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