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Axfood's sustainability programme, targets and results

Axfood’s sustainability programme lays out targets and key ratios that have been set for the Group’s sustainability work areas.

Sustainability programme

Axfood’s sustainability programme is an important governance tool and constitutes the Group’s sustainability policy. The programme encompasses short- and long-term targets. Most of the targets are coupled to Sweden’s environmental objectives and/or the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Of the UN’s SDGs, “Responsible consumption and production” and “Climate action” are the two most relevant for Axfood. 

Read Axfood's Sustainability Programme (pdf)

Axfood has set targets in the following areas, among others:

Sustainable products

  • Country of origin certification
  • Organic food
  • Chemicals
  • Environmentally adapted packaging and grocery bags
  • Food waste

Animal welfare

  • Animal welfare certification
  • Antibiotics
  • Organic meat

Use of energy and premises

  • Electricity consumption
  • Measuring CO2 emissions from logistics partners
  • Carbon footprint from own operations

Transports

  • Emissions from own delivery fleet
  • Business trips by air
  • Company cars

Suppliers

  • Selection of suppliers
  • Monitoring
  • Living wages

Employees

  • Diversity
  • Gender balance
  • Satisfaction and health

Sustainability reporting

For 2019, Axfood published an Annual and Sustainability Report. The reporting was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines.

Read Axfood’s 2019 Annual and Sustainability Report (pdf)

Reporting through Sustainable value creation project

Axfood participates in and openly reports its responses in the Hållbart värdeskapande (“Sustainable value creation”) cooperation project that has been initiated by 15 Swedish institutional investors and owners. The aim of the project is to highlight the importance of companies working in a structured manner with sustainability issues. Read more at hallbartvardeskapande.se.