As regards the future, it is not a case of anticipating this
but of making it possible.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – Writer (1900-1944)

SDGs and CSR: opportunities for transformation and innovation

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s horizontal sustainable development programme define 17 priorities to be achieved by 2030. For economic players, these SDGs constitute an opportunity for transformation and innovation.

Comerso’s work has a direct impact on 7 of those SDGs.

CSR (Corporate Social or Societal Responsibility) invites us to abide by the principles of sustainable development: a viable economy and the social and environmental integration of business goals. CSR is at the core of our business and we have a vocation to boost that of our customers and partners.

Comerso

Combating waste: a global emergency

Waste occurs at every stage: production, processing, distribution and consumption – and it affects every business sector.

At the global level:
Food waste presents a triple challenge:
– environmental: combating waste has been identified as the no.3 priority on a global scale in responding to the climate emergency
– economic: 1/3 of global food output is thrown away or wasted according to the FAO
– social: about 1/6 of people worldwide are still malnourished*

In France:
10 millions tonnes and 20 billion meals of lost and wasted produce for human food annually
630 m€ of non-food goods destroyed annually

This emergency provides Comerso’s raison d’être to supply specific, efficient solutions so as to act now, immediately!

* UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates

Comerso measures and boosts CSR

Our value-added in CSR: supporting businesses as they engage in a measurable and efficient Zero-Waste strategy, boosting this and promoting it.

There are multiple benefits: economic, environmental and social success, thereby positioning the business (and its brand(s)) as a responsible, virtuous player.

The CSR commitment of brands is now a necessity for 65% of French people.

Via our digital solutions, we collect the annual equivalent of 18+ million items of data, which allow us to generate environmental data, among other things. We ensure that our customers & partners benefit from this by measuring their business impacts.

E.g. Net annual impact of a Comerso Hypermarket – annual shop turnover: €80m

Economic impact

Comerso

PROMOTION

€780k
Promotional work impact: Turnover = €780k
Comerso

DONATIONS

€118k
Tax saving on donations: €118k

Social Impact

Comerso

MEALS

190,000
190,000 meals redistributed to charities
Comerso

MERCHANDISE

94 T
94 T of merchandise saved from bins

Environmental Impact

WASTE

- 2 trailers
Reduction in waste volume – 2 trailers per week (average)
Comerso

GHG REDUCTION

-73 T eq CO²
Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions – 73 Tonnes eq. CO2 from donations

E.g. Net annual impact of a Comerso Supermarket – annual shop turnover €15m

Economic impact

Comerso

PROMOTION

€64k
Promotional work impact: Turnover = €64k
Comerso

DONATIONS

€27k
Tax saving on donations: €27k

Social Impact

Comerso

MEALS

70,000
70,000 meals redistributed to charities
Comerso

MERCHANDISE

35 T
35 T of merchandise saved from bins

Environmental Impact

WASTE

- 1.5 trailers
Reduction in waste volume – 1.5 trailers per week (average)
Comerso

GHG REDUCTION

-27 T eq CO²
Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions – 27 Tonnes eq. CO2 from donations

CSR at Comerso

On a local scale, we connect the different players and, at our level, we contribute to the construction of Zero-Waste areas.

We apply CSR principles to ourselves with regard to our DNA and our culture
– business mission to have an economic, social, societal and environmental impact
– transparency
– “What cannot be measured cannot be managed” data culture.
– connecting players

Our record at the end of 2018

  • 15 million meals distributed to charities
  • 7400 tonnes of goods saved from the bin
  • Goods to a value of €38m saved from the bin

2019 Goal: eco-designing our service

With a view to minimising our environmental impact, in 2019 we are committing ourselves to a continuous improvement approach that will firstly involve a measurement stage (LCA – Life Cycle Analysis) and then an eco-design project for our solutions.

0
meals distributed to charities
0
tonnes of goods saved from the bin
0
m€ of goods value saved from the bin