Taking Care of our World: 2019 Report

At the heart of our sustainability strategy, Taking Care of our World, are our commitments covering four main areas of focus – the environment, health, people and communities.

Within each area we have an overarching vision and a set of specific commitments – bold and ambitious targets that challenge and inspire us to make an impact in every aspect of our business. The commitments in this strategy allow us to be transparent about the work we are doing to take care of our world and the results we achieve year-on-year.

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Our sustainability report 2019, "Taking Care of our World", describes 25 bold commitments that inspire us to deliver real changes for responsible retail.

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Our Key Facts document highlights our key achievements so far in areas such as plastic packaging and carbon reduction

Caring for our world

We will minimise the impact of our operations on the world around us and use our network of retailers and suppliers to influence others to do likewise.

Inspiring healthier lives

We will improve the health of 2 million consumers across the island of Ireland.

People & partnerships

We will support our people and our partners to live and work sustainability, ensuring our business is the most trusted in Ireland.

Building sustainable communities

We will make a positive impact on the planet by enabling our partners to make every local community in Ireland a sustainable community.

Our role as Irish Sustainable Development Goal Champion

The Irish Government has appointed Musgrave a Sustainable Development Goals Champion – one of only 12 businesses and organisations to receive this nomination. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of ambitious targets set by the UN, covering the social, economic and environmental requirements for a sustainable future. Musgrave supports all 17 SDGs, but will now champion four specific goals in our role as SDG Champion, these are:

  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Consumption and Production


Health & well-being

As a business that feeds one in three people in Ireland 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.

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Decent work & 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.

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Sustainable cities & 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.

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Responsible consumption & 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.

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