ICA Gruppen’s sustainability report for third quarter 2018
ICA Gruppen aspires to be a leader in sustainability, and the focus in 2018 has been on health and climate change. Through its investment in Min Doktor ICA Gruppen is strengthening its health position and working to make healthcare services more accessible, whether it be getting help via a mobile phone or in person at any of our Minute Clinics in connection with a visit to the grocery store. This new venture is also an example of how ICA is embodying its vision – to make every day a little easier for its customers.
“ICA Gruppen aspires to be a positive force that leads development toward a more sustainable and healthy society. One of our foremost priorities is therefore to contribute to improved public health. Through our grocery stores, pharmacies and Minute Clinics we are working in several health areas, and our investment in Min Doktor further strengthens our health position. Other key events include the decision on a new Group-wide strategy for plastics which entails, among other things, that we will phase our disposable plastic items within the Group by 2020,” comments Per Strömberg, CEO of ICA Gruppen.
See the sustainability report for more information, including:
- ICA Gruppen’s greenhouse gas emissions continued to decrease during the quarter, but at a slightly slower pace than previously. This is mainly due to increased transports and increased energy consumption by stores and pharmacies as a result of the warm summer in Sweden. In addition, a new law requiring a so-called reduction obligation has led to a lower blend of HVO (hydrogenated vegetable oil) in fuel used in goods transports, which has resulted in higher GHG emissions.
- ICA Gruppen’s overall climate ambition has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.
- New Group strategy surrounding plastics. ICA Gruppen is working actively to reduce the environmental impact of the plastics used in its product range. The new strategy charts out the direction going forward and sets clear goals for the Group’s work in this area.
- Strengthened position in health through investment in Min Doktor.
- Efforts in response to drought. The past summer’s drought has struck a hard blow to Sweden’s farmers. ICA Sweden’s already extensive work on increasing sales of Swedish meat has continued and has been further intensified.
For more information
ICA Gruppen press service, Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52
ICA Gruppen AB (publ) is a leading retail company with a focus on food and health. The Group includes ICA Sweden and Rimi Baltic which mainly conduct grocery retail, ICA Real Estate which owns and manages properties, ICA Bank which offers financial services and Apotek Hjärtat which conducts pharmacy operations. The Group also includes Hemtex. For more information see icagruppen.se