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SRUESPOPULYRCEHSAPIRNOTECTION OF ECOSYSTEMS1,2 Reporting our progress towards A Better Tomorrow 29       Protecting our Pollinators1 ACTION: Present in over 200 locations across the country, we have been busy bees looking at ways to further support local pollinators, surrounding land and biodiversity outside our stores and warehouses. We signed up to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, working collaboratively to build our progress and impact in this area. Green Roofs - We have three stores with green roofs, namely Shankill, East Wall, and Glenageary. Partially covered in vegetation, green roofs absorb rainwater and provide insulation, reducing the need for in store drainage systems. Green roofs also help to cool urban environments, improve air quality, sequester carbon and increase urban biodiversity by providing habitats for wildlife. Pollinator Stores – In 2020, Lidl Youghal partnered with local community group, East Cork Biodiversity Networking Programme (ECBNP) to develop the first Pollinator-Friendly Store in Ireland. Pollinator-Friendly Stores are an innovative concept whereby suitable surrounding areas on Lidl store locations are optimised to create an area of pollination promotion. Featuring insect hotels, informative signage, reduced mowing practices and wildflower planting, these areas can look overgrown but are in fact a haven for pollinators like bees, butterflies and hoverflies which are essential for the production of fresh fruit and vegetables available in store. 1 GRI 304-2 Wildflower Meadows – We have established a Wildflower Meadow and Native Tree area at our newest Distribution Centre in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, which is also home to Ireland’s largest solar panel covered rooftop. Pesticides - We have a strict policy concerning pesticides, which indicates that our fruit and vegetables may contain no more than one third of the maximum level permitted by EU law. Wood Products - All our wood products are certified FSC or PEFC or coming from recycled wood sources. Our suppliers work hard to meet these requirements, which ensures we are supporting biodiversity on a daily basis. Pollinator Range - We also have an ever-expanding pollinator friendly plant range. This can be seen in our stores and advertising in our leaflet through our bespoke ‘Bee Friendly’ logo.     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            

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