Countdown Releases Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Countdown Supermarkets has released its latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report. The 2018 report publicly tracks the supermarkets progress towards meeting its 20 ambitious goals, which are aimed to all be reached by 2020.

Two highlights of the report for Countdown were the reduction of its gender wage gap to 1.11 percent as well as the decrease of its carbon emissions by 8.8 percent.

Countdown’s general manager of corporate affairs and sustainability, Kiri Hannifin said that the report was a clear demonstration of the business’ ongoing commitment to its team, sustainability and improving the lives of Kiwis.

“To us, being sustainable means, we demonstrate our values in our everyday activities and behaviour. It’s about doing the right thing by our team, our customers and the environment. Our 2020 goals have allowed us to focus our attention really effectively on the areas where we can make a tangible difference for New Zealand and New Zealanders. I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last financial year.”

“Being able to reduce our gender wage gap to 1.11 percent, phase out single-use plastic carrier bags, further reduce our carbon emissions and donate $6.3 million worth of food to our food rescue partners and local farmers are just some of the fantastic things we have done with the support of our team and customers,” Kiri added.

Other highlights included:

  • Removing more than 70 tonnes of plastic from produce.
  • Gaining White Ribbon accreditation.
  • Supporting the local economy by sourcing 100 per cent of fresh chicken, lamb and pork, and 97 per cent of fresh beef, from New Zealand farmers.
  • Raising $1.26 million for children’s hospitals through the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal.
  • Increasing the number of own-brand products with a Health Star Rating to 82 per cent.
  • Increasing the number of Countdown own brand products containing certified timber, pulp or paper to 77 per cent in FY18 - up 22 per cent from FY17.