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50 OUR OPERATIONS WASTE MANAGEMENT    Food Waste1 As a food retailer, we recognise the responsibility to take leadership for minimising food losses and effective food waste measurement systems. ACTION: We are committed to and working hard towards SDG Goal 12.3 and supporting the objectives of the Food Waste Charter. Some of the ways we work to reduce food waste include: Forecast Accuracy: Our buying teams cautiously forecast the quantities of fresh and perishable products throughout the year to minimise over-stock and ensure the freshest availability to our customers. Best Before Dates: Fruit and vegetables are among the foods most frequently thrown away in the home and by not having ‘best before’ dates on the packaging it encourages customers to make their own decisions about the freshness of produce. Our store teams have regular quality checks in place throughout the day and rigorous stock rotation procedures to ensure our best quality, responsibly sourced and fresh produce offering at market leading value. Food Redistribution: At Lidl, we take the issue of food poverty seriously and have been working with FoodCloud since 2017 to help redistribute over 2 million meals to our local communities across Ireland. FoodCloud are an Irish social enterprise with a vision for a world where no good food goes to waste. They connect food businesses with surplus food to charities and community groups around Ireland who can use it, reducing both the environmental and societal impact of food waste. Food Recovery: For the food which can’t be redistributed to charity or sold at a lower price, we use a process called Anaerobic Digestion where the food is converted into energy. For example, all of the food waste from our stores in Northern Ireland are used to produce bio-fuel for some of the trucks that deliver to our stores. Communication: We want to also help our customers reduce food waste using our communication channels to share tips and tricks on avoiding the compost bin while also saving money. Using these platforms we can also amplify the voice of organisations effecting change in this space such as FoodCloud and TARGET: Donate 1.8 million meals by 2020 – ACHIEVED 1 Lidl Specific GRI Since partnering with FoodCloud, we have donated over 2 million meals through our charity linked store network helping to meet the growing demand for food from local charity and community groups. This included a donation of €50,000 worth of essential food items through the Food for Ireland appeal, supporting local charities and community groups during the Covid-19 pandemic.    Total for Ireland and Northern Ireland FY19 and FY20 Year Kgs Donated Meals Donated CO2 kg Saved Equivalent Saved HQ  3,559  8,449  11,388  €10,676.25  Stores  439,395  1,053,527  1,415,912  €1,327,417.65  Warehouses  95,773  228,474  306,474  €287,319.00    Waste Not In 2019, we introduced Waste Not, an initiative wherein chilled products at best before dates (and perfectly safe to eat) receive a huge price reduction. This helps to reduce food waste while saving customers money. Premium steaks sold at just €2.50!    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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