Page 25 - Demo
P. 25

SUSTAINABILITY @ LIDL MATERIALITY Reporting our progress towards A Better Tomorrow 25    Our stakeholders influence our sustainability strategy After an extensive internal review of materiality topics, an external assessment and the support of senior leadership, we identified and agreed the topics material to Lidl Ireland and Lidl Northern Ireland in this report. The materiality analysis consisted of four phases of work:1 Issue identification Assess business impact Our new materiality matrix displays similar results to that of our previous matrix with Food Waste, Human Rights, High Quality Products, Sustainable Products, Employee Labour Rights and Local Development remaining very important to our stakeholders. Since our last report, we can observe a notable increase in Climate Protection in supply chain, Animal Welfare and Occupational Health and Safety. This increase is welcomed and reflective of our progress which we will share in the report. We did observe a decline in Product Packaging among our stakeholders, however, we believe this is due to the change of name for this topic to Circular Economy. The change was made in order to align to our plastics strategy REset Plastic, committing to close loops.2 Finally, our qualitative interviews reinforced the findings observed in the matrix and noted the desire for further communication on our progress which we hope to continue to grow with all stakeholders’ year on year. Assess stakeholder Review and validation opinion Whilst all selected issues are important and will be discussed, the areas identified as most material will guide the focus of this report as well as help prioritise and shape our sustainability strategy in the future.3 All the above topics are discussed in this report with particular emphasis and detail provided to the topics identified as most material. Material topics are discussed in relation to the Lidl Responsibility Model and ‘A Better Tomorrow’ pillars.4 If you have any questions regarding this report or the materiality process, please contact us at 5        1 GRI 102-43, 2 GRI 102-49, 3 GRI 102-44, 4 GRI 102-46, 5 GRI 102-53  We surveyed our key stakeholders and evaluated the positive and negative effects of our activities on people, the environment, and society. The materiality analysis is updated at least every two years as part of the sustainability reporting. We analyse the relevance of sustainability topics for our business at short, regular intervals, but at least every two years as part of a stakeholder survey.  RESOURCES Protection of Ecosystems Animal Welfare Standards Environmental Protection: Supply Chain SUPPLY CHAIN Employment Related Supplier & Market Human Rights Development Corporate Environmental Management OPERATIONS Employee Responsibility Responsible Products CUSTOMER Transparency Social Value Responsible at Point of Sale Creation Communication      

   23   24   25   26   27