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Membership No.

3-0094-17-000-00

Category

Ordinary

Sector

Retailers

Country/Region

Portugal

Member since

20 July 2017

Jerónimo Martins SGPS, S.A.

Jerónimo Martins is an international Group based in Portugal, that operates in the Food Distribution and Specialised Retail sectors. Our main activity is Food Distribution: through our supermarket (Pingo Doce) and cash & carry (Recheio) chains in Portugal, and our food store chains in Poland (Biedronka) and in Colombia (Ara), we meet the needs of millions of consumers, offering a value proposition based on quality at competitive prices.
  • Jeronimo Martins Colombia S.A.S.
  • Jeronimo Martins Polska S.A.
  • Pingo Doce - Distribuição Alimentar, S.A.
  • Recheio - Cash & Carry, S.A.

ACOP Report Submissions

ACOP PERIOD FILE NAME NOTES FILE SIZE
2017 jer nimo martins sgps s.a.-ACOP2017.pdf 47.3 KB

Organisation's Commitments Toward Sustainability

  • How will your organisation promote the RSPO internally and to other stakeholders?
    As a member of The Consumer Goods Forum, the Jerónimo Martins Group is committed to work towards Zero Net Deforestation by 2020. Ensuring the use of sustainable palm oil in our Private Brands is an essential milestone in achieving this goal. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's work is a reference when it comes to guaranteeing that palm oil is certified to markets' best practices.

    Jerónimo Martins has been internally mapping suppliers using RPSO standards in certified palm oil since 2014, given its belief that this is the best known standard to date. This has been communicated yearly through our publicly-available response to CDP Forests.

    We have also been promoting its use among the Private Brand development and Commercial departments for the past years. This engagement is done through the Group's internal Sustainability Conferences dedicated to top management and main suppliers, through internal meetings and working documents and sourcing guidelines.

    By joining the RSPO, the Group is further firming this intent, allowing its stakeholders to further access information specific to its actions on RPSO and the use of sustainable palm oil.
  • Where relevant, what processes is the organisation establishing to engage with interested parties, for example to resolve conflict or to use sustainably produced palm oil?
    The Group engages regularly with its suppliers in general, and Private Brand suppliers in particular. When it comes to the use of sustainable produced palm oil, the Group has engaged with Private Brand suppliers through survey's in order to map its use of palm oil and to verify the level of suppliers who are able to meet RSPO standards to date.

    Jerónimo Martins is planning to work with suppliers, through meetings and other channels, to ensure that those who are not yet meeting RSPO standards will be able to do so in the future. In the cases where suppliers need additional time to meet these standards, the Group will recur to RSPO's eTrace Book&Claim program.

    The Group has a number of channels in place to ensure conflict resolution. This is the case of the Ethics Committee which, among other aspects, has the mission to ensure the Group's and its Companies compliance with the existing Code of Conduct. Jerónimo Martins is also a member of The Supply Chain Initiative, an European initiative dedicated to promoting fair practices in vertical trading relationships.
  • Where relevant, how will your organisation work towards implementing the RSPO Principles and Criteria or assessing supplier performance against these criteria?
    As part of Jerónimo Martins' disclosure to CDP Forests, the Group already requests its Private Brand suppliers to disclose the use of palm oil certified against RSPO criteria. As such, suppliers are asked to attach the relevant documents proving the veracity of their statements. It is the Group's intention to continue applying this procedure.

    Joining RSPO will further allow Jerónimo Martins to ensure that criteria is met as it will be directly engaging with RSPO and will have improved access to existing communication, allowing the Group to become more alert to existing developments.
  • Any other information that would support the application such as what your organisation hopes to gain from joining RSPO and how it would support RSPO?
    Jerónimo Martins is truly committed to ensure that palm oil used in our Private Brands is sustainably sourced according to best standards available. By joining RSPO the Group will take an additional step in ensuring this, while at the same time increasing the level of transparency on its developments in this journey. By providing a dedicated channel for members to disclose their developments, RSPO provides additional information for stakeholders interested in these aspects.

    Through its membership the Group also believes that it will be better informed, and thus better prepared, for developments in sustainable palm oil.
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