In 2011, we introduced 20 ambitious commitments to address important economic, environmental and social issues. In December 2015 we evolved our commitments, building on the learning and achievements of previous years. Below is a summary of our journey.

Living healthier lives

As a business that provides great food at fair prices, and with over 24.5 million customer transactions a week, we're committed to helping our customers live healthier lives.

2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15
Healthier Baskets Continued product reformulation to reduce salt and sugar. Over 90% of products meet maximum 2012 salt targets as set by the Government’s Responsibility Deal pledge. Over 95% of products meet maximum 2012 salt targets. We signed the new 2017 Responsibility Deal pledge. 86% of our own-brand products meet the maximum 2017 salt targets.
Alcohol 14% increase in sales of lighter alcohol wines since 2010. Almost 26% increase in sales of lighter alcohol wines since 2010. 32% increase in sales of lighter alcohol wines since 2010. 57% increase in sale of lighter alcohol wines since 2010.

1 million units removed from customers’ annual alcohol consumption, thanks to the reduction in ABV in our Taste the Difference Prosecco Conegliano. We’ve increased our sales of lighter alcohol wines by 57% since 2010.

We now offer 185 Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sustainable seafood products to our customers.

Sourcing with integrity

Consumers care about where the products they buy come from and they put their trust in us to do the right thing on their behalf. This is why sourcing with integrity is key to our work with farmers, growers and suppliers in the UK and around the world.

2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15
Raw materials Over 50 products made with physically certified palm oil. Over 80 products made with physically certified palm oil. Over 200 products made with physically certified palm oil. 97% of the palm oil used to make Sainsbury’s own-brand products is now certified sustainable.
No deforestation Sector leader 2012 in the Forest Footprint Disclosure Project (Food and Staples Retailing). Sector leader 2013 in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Forest Programme (Food and Staples Retailing). Sector leader 2014 in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Forest Programme (Food and Staples Retailing). Scored the top rating on the WWF Timber scorecard 2015.
Sustainable fish Sold £81m of Marine Stewardship Council certified products. Sold £115m of Marine Stewardship Council certified products. Sold £149m of Marine Stewardship Council certified products. Sold £189m of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certificated products.
Fairly traded World’s largest retailer of Fairtrade by value with sales of £288m. World’s largest retailer of Fairtrade by value with sales of £320m. World’s largest retailer of Fairtrade by value with sales of £319m. World’s largest retailer of Fairtrade by value with sales of over £290m.
British Unique milk Cost of Production price model voted for by 300+ farmers in our Dairy Development Group. 14 grants totalling £1.2m allocated as part of our Agricultural Research and Development (R&D) Grant. 13 grants totalling £1m allocated as part of our Agricultural Research and Development (R&D) Grant. 3 grants totalling £239k allocated as part of our Agricultural R&D Grant. In addition we engaged in three projects with a total value of £1m through the government’s £70m Agri-Tech Catalyst funding scheme.
Animal welfare Leading retailer of RSPCA Freedom Food products with sales of £380m. Leading retailer of RSPCA Freedom Food products with sales of £465m. Leading retailer of RSPCA Freedom Food products with sales of £480m. Leading retailer of Freedom Foods products with sales of almost £460m.
Supplier standards Held 22 workshops for our suppliers, training 239 delegates on a range of topics including our approach to packaging. Introduced a new ethical trade training course as part of the 49 workshops held for our suppliers, with 737 delegates trained. 40 workshops held with 504 supplier delegates trained. Including a five day, accredited, Lead Auditor for Social Systems course to further strengthen the ethical trade training on offer. 13 workshops held with 212 suppliers trained and organised in Ethical Trade, and over 100 delegates trained at Sainsbury's Ethical Conference.

54% relative operational water reduction since 2005/06. Our water neutral stores in Weymouth and Leicester work with local institutions to help them implement water saving initiatives, making the area net positive for water.

Respect for our environment

With the global annual average surface temperature in 2015 set to reach 1°C above the pre-industrial average, it's crucial that we continue to respect our environment in our decision making.

2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15
Positive waste Achieved zero food waste to landfill. Achieved zero waste to landfill across all stores, depots and store support centres. Worked with our suppliers to donate 611 tonnes of surplus food (1.2m meals) from our chilled supply chain. We facilitated the donation of 980 tonnes of surplus food to FareShare from our suppliers.
Packaging 6.4% absolute own-brand packaging reduction in 2011/12. 3.6% absolute own-brand packaging reduction in 2012/13. 5.1% absolute own-brand packaging reduction in 2013/14. 2% absolute own-brand packaging reduction in 2014/15.
Operational carbon 6% reduction in absolute energy related carbon emissions since 2007/08. 2.4% reduction in absolute carbon emissions in 2012/13. 8.3% reduction in absolute carbon emissions in 2013/14. 0.5% reduction in absolute carbon emissions in 2014/15. However, our electricity consumption actually reduced by 3% year-on-year.
Water 45% relative operational water reduction since 2005/06. 50% relative operational water reduction since 2005/06. 53% relative operational water reduction since 2005/06. 54% relative operational water reduction since 2005/06.
Supplier carbon Farm assessments extended to Egg and Chicken Development Groups in 2011. Farm assessments extended to Potato and Wheat Development Groups in 2012. 128,000 tonne reduction in collective carbon footprint of Development Groups to date. 80,718 t increase in collective greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Farmer and Grower Development Groups partially attributed to abnormal weather conditions. Operations on farm are affected by volatile uncontrollable factors such as weather and commodity market prices, so we have improved our farm reporting and benchmarking to support the identification of key areas for GHG savings within a challenging environment.

£160m worth of Active Kids sports and cooking equipment and experiences donated since 2005. We’re encouraging thousands of children across the UK to live healthier, more active lifestyles with 34,000 schools and clubs participating in 2014/15.

Making a positive difference to our community

We want to make a positive difference to the communities we’re part of. With over 1,300 stores across the UK, 23 depots and four store support centres employing 161,000 colleagues, we set out to be a good neighbour.

2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15
Active youth £123m Active Kids equipment donated since 2005. £136m Active Kids equipment donated since 2005. £150m worth of Active Kids sports and cooking equipment and experiences donated since 2005. £160m worth of Active Kids sports and cooking equipment and experiences donated since 2005.
Community impact Over £39m invested in good causes by customers, colleagues and suppliers in 2011/12. Over £36m invested in good causes by customers, colleagues and suppliers in 2012/13. Over £40m invested in good causes by customers, colleagues and suppliers in 2013/14. £52m invested in good causes by customers, colleagues and suppliers in 2014/15.

33,500 colleagues trained in our Food Colleges since 2010, empowering our bakery and food counter colleagues to share their expertise with our customers in store.

A great place to work

Our success rests upon our 161,000 colleagues providing great service to our customers every day, so we’re committed to giving our colleagues the opportunity to be the best they can be.

2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15
Jobs and skills 12,000 colleagues trained in Food Colleges since 2010. 20,000 colleagues trained in Food Colleges since 2010. >27,000 colleagues trained in Food Colleges since 2010. 33,500 colleagues trained in our Food Colleges since 2010.
Commitment and engagement 13,000 colleagues with over 20 years’ service. 14,000 colleagues with over 20 years’ service. 15,000 colleagues with over 20 years’ service. 16,150 colleagues with over 20 years’ service.
Sharing success 126,000 colleagues shared a bonus pot of over £60m. 134,000 colleagues shared a bonus pot of over £90m. 136,000 Colleagues shared a bonus pot of over £80m. This year 133,000 colleagues shared a bonus pot of £50m.
Diversity and inclusion 13,000 employed via You Can scheme since 2008. Over 17,000 employed via You Can scheme since 2008. Over 21,000 employed via You Can scheme since 2008. Over 25,000 employed via You Can scheme since 2008.

The environment we operate in has changed significantly since we launched our
20x20 Sustainability Plan in 2011. Our updated Sustainability Plan focuses on the areas that are most important to our customers, colleagues and stakeholders, and on areas where we can make the most positive impact.

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive

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