In September 2019 the Irish Government appointed Musgrave a Sustainable Development Goals Champion – one of only 12 businesses and organisations to receive this nomination
About the Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals are an ambitious set of targets, covering the social, economic and environmental requirements for a sustainable future. They cover policy areas such as poverty eradication, economic development, protection of the environment, access to health and education services, gender equality, peaceful societies and human rights. The Irish government is committed to fully implementing the Goals by 2030.
Musgrave and the Sustainable Development Goals
Musgrave supports all 17 Sustainable Development Goals but will now champion four specific goals, aligned with our sustainability strategy, Taking Care of our World:
- Good Health and Well-Being
- Decent Work and Economic Growth
- Sustainable Cities and Communities
- Responsible Consumption and Production
Health and Well-Being
As a business that feeds one in three people every day, we take our responsibilities to support healthier lifestyles very seriously. As part of our sustainability strategy we have committed to improve the health of 2 million people across the island of Ireland. In addition to making healthier ranges more visible and affordable, by 2020 we have committed to reducing salt and sugar in our own brand ranges by 10%; growing our sales of healthier products by 25%; and supporting our retail partners to create healthier food offerings.
Decent Work and Economic Growth
We are Ireland’s largest private sector employer, and with our retail partners employ almost 40,000 people across Ireland. If we multiply this by the thousands of people across our broader network – from producer to consumer – we have a significant opportunity to support local economies. We have a strong belief that national economic health is most sustainable when it has its roots in local enterprise.
Sustainable Cities and Communities
By leveraging our network of retailers, suppliers and food entrepreneurs, we are ideally placed to deliver initiatives that actively improve the everyday lives of people in villages, towns and communities across Ireland. We aim to make a positive impact on the planet by enabling our partners to make every local community in Ireland a sustainable community. This includes our partnership with TidyTowns, the largest sustainability programme in Europe; our support for 25 towns to become autism-friendly towns; and our ongoing efforts to promote and encourage recycling.
Responsible Consumption and Production
We have ambitious targets to minimise the impact of our operations on the world around us and use our network to influence others to do likewise. By 2020 all of our retail and foodservice operations will have access to food re-distribution charities to minimise food surplus. Additionally through product and packaging initiatives, we will help consumers to reduce food waste in the home and by 2025 100% of our own brand, in-store and fresh produce packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable.