Our values are at the heart of everything we do. They underpin our strategy and make good business sense, giving us real competitive advantage. We have 24.5 million customer transactions each week, 161,000 colleagues and more than 1,800 supplier sites in over 60 countries. We need to manage the impact of our value chain and seek out opportunities to innovate socially, economically and environmentally.
In 2011 we launched our 20x20 Sustainability Plan, setting ourselves 20 ambitious commitments. As we approach the half-way point to 2020, we’ve challenged ourselves to review our commitments and see what more we can do to build a better Sainsbury’s.
Working to achieve our sustainability commitments involves a wide range of colleagues. This programme of work is guided by, and governed through, our five Value Steering Groups, one for each of our five corporate values.
Our Value Steering Groups bring together a cross-functional team once a quarter and are chaired by the accountable member of our Operating Board.
Living Healthier lives
Sourcing with integrity
Food Commercial Director
Respect for our environment
Chief Financial Director
Making a positive difference to our community
Director of non-food operations
A great place to work
Group HR Director
Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Steering Group
Established 2001, meets twice a year
Chairman, Chief Executive
The chair of each Value Steering Group also sits on our Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Steering Group, which meets twice a year and is chaired by our Chief Executive, Mike Coupe.
Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Committee
Established January 2007, meets twice a year
Jean Tomlin, OBE
Chair CR&S Committee
We also have our plc Board Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Committee which meets twice a year and is chaired by our Non-Executive Director, Jean Tomlin. Our Chief Executive Mike Coupe is also a member.
The role for all of our committees in 2016 will be to support the delivery of
our Sustainability Plan by embedding our revised commitments into the
way we operate.
Since becoming chair of the CR&S committee in 2013, I’ve been impressed by how corporate responsibility and values are truly part of the DNA of Sainsbury’s. Over the past year we’ve challenged ourselves to evolve our CR plan to reflect the most material areas for our customers, colleagues, stakeholders and business. We believe we have a responsibility to improve the world around us and I know that we’ll continue to challenge ourselves to set ambitious targets.Jean Tomlin
and Chair of plc Board Corporate
Responsibility & Sustainability
Health and nutrition
The public health crisis we are already experiencing, in the form of rising obesity and diabetes in both adults and children, is set to get much worse. This presents a huge opportunity for Sainsbury’s in helping customers and their families to stay healthy and fit – including going further in encouraging Healthier Baskets and Active Kids, and innovating to enable nutritious diets and healthier lifestyles more widely.
Climate change will hit (and is already hitting) agriculture hard, from the tropical commodities we enjoy every day such as tea, coffee and cocoa, to fruit and vegetables grown closer to home. Rapidly scaling up efforts with producers to develop more resilient ways of farming presents huge opportunities, not just to prepare for the changing climate, but also to tackle many other urgent challenges, from pressures on water, land and soils, to improving producer livelihoods around the world.
New technologies will fundamentally disrupt retail in many more ways. The trick is to really harness their potential for sustainability – from developing ultra-low-carbon cold chains, stores and equipment, to using data and digital tools to help customers shop and live more sustainably. Sainsbury’s Food Rescue app is a great example of how technology can help drive down food waste - and the new Waste less, Save more initiative will no doubt bring more new possibilities to light.