ICA presents its sustainability report for Q3, 2012

Solna, 30 November 2012

ICA today presents its quarterly report on ICA’s work on sustainability during the third quarter of 2012. The report covers important events and initiatives in the fields of the environment, quality, ethical trade and health. By openly reporting developments on a quarterly basis, ICA is emphasising the importance of continuously monitoring work on sustainability.

“Sustainability issues are a prioritised area in ICA’s new Group strategy as adopted at the beginning of the autumn. By leading the way in the field of the environment and society, we can develop new products, attract new customers and thus contribute to both improvements in society and commercial development. We can confirm that we’re on the right track, even if we still have a lot more to do,” says Per Strömberg, CEO of ICA AB.

Some of the initiatives during Q3 2012:

-      Industry collaboration for ethical trade: ICA has followed up on an earlier review of working conditions for organised berry pickers in Swedish forests. This check reveals that major improvements have been made, but that there is still room for improvement in areas such as health and safety. ICA wants to improve collaboration with other operators in the industry to work together to improve the working conditions for both organised and non-organised pickers.

-      Smarter transport solutions cut emissions: During the quarter ICA signed new agreements with external distributors. As from October, eight totally new gas hybrid trucks are being used in ICA’s transport partnerships. Many of the new agreements also allow for increased load-sharing with other parties, which aims to reduce the total proportion of transport operations.

For more information:

ICA’s press office, tel. +46 (0)70 253 66 60 (weekdays between 08:00-17:00).

The ICA Group (ICA AB) is one of the Nordic region’s leading retail companies, with around 2,100 of its own and retailer-owned stores in Sweden, Norway and the three Baltic states. The Group includes retail companies ICA Sweden, ICA Norway and Rimi Baltic; ICA Real Estate, which owns and manages properties; and ICA Bank, which offers financial services to Swedish customers. ICA AB is a joint venture 40% owned by Hakon Invest AB and 60% by Royal Ahold N.V. of the Netherlands. According to a shareholder agreement, Royal Ahold and Hakon Invest jointly share controlling influence over ICA AB.  Through Royal Ahold, ICA AB is part of an international retail network. For more information, please visit www.ica.se

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