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Axfood's sustainability programme, targets and results

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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


  • Emissions from own delivery fleet
  • Emissions from suppliers' fleet
  • Business trips by air


  • Selection of suppliers
  • Monitoring
  • Living wages


  • Diversity
  • Gender balance
  • Health

Sustainability reporting

For 2022, Axfood published an Annual and Sustainability Report. The reporting was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines. For the first time the report was reviewed and assured by an external party. The Group has begun reporting its climate-related risks in accordance with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework and has reported the proportion of Axfood’s operations that are eligible under the EU’s reporting requirements for sustainability: the EU Taxonomy.

Read Axfood's Annual and Sustainability Report 2022 (pdf)