Today, the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) ranked Ahold Delhaize among the industry leaders in the Food and Staples Retailing sector for the third consecutive year.
Ahold Delhaize achieved an overall score of 72 out of a 100, (well) above the sector average score of 35. Within the industry, Ahold Delhaize was particularly recognized for: Health and Nutrition, Operational Eco-Efficiency and Occupational Health and Safety.
The score on health and wellness underlines the continued focus of Ahold Delhaize and its brands on promoting healthier eating to customers. We track our progress through a target unique in the industry: aiming to have 50% of own-brand sales coming from nutritious products in 2020. Also, the recognition for our progress in reducing carbon emissions is encouraging. Our collective aim is to further reduce the CO2 emissions per square meter of sales area to 30% by 2020 compared to our 2008 baseline.
The Ahold Delhaize sustainable retailing strategy focuses on where we can make the biggest impact in both our brands and society across our great local brands in the United States, Europe and Indonesia. Increasing vitality through healthier food, reducing food waste and running an inclusive business is where we choose to make the difference.
The DJSI World tracks the performance of the world’s leading companies against economic, environmental and social criteria. It is an important barometer to measure our sustainable retailing performance and progress.