Here at Asda, we work with businesses across the globe to provide our customers with the products they love, so they can save money and live better.
Helping our customers to live better also means helping the planet too, and together with our suppliers we have really clear aims - to reduce our impact on the environment around us and to help protect our natural world.
Over the years we’ve been working hard with our suppliers, on initiatives big and small. For instance, we’ve done things from ensuring all of our bananas are Rainforest Alliance or Fairtrade certified– meaning that our growers work to higher social and environmental standards and take action on reducing water consumption and tightly controlling their use of pesticides– to planting cotton underpants on a farm in Italy to understand how we can improve soils!
With a supply chain that spans continents and thousands of businesses, partnership is always important to us.
For example, we know that water plays a vital role in nature but can also cause a bit of trouble. So we partnered with Norfolk Rivers Trust to plant reed beds in East Anglia. These grasslands capture the nutrient-rich run-off from the farm and allow the sediment to settle, rather than flowing into the watercourse. This is hugely important because excessive nutrients can affect local ecosystems, threatening vegetation and – in this case – the resident Narrow-mouthed Whorl Snail: a rare and internationally endangered snail.
While these things might seem small, nature is all connected and even small changes to the balance can have a big impact – both positive and negative.
That’s why I’m really pleased to be setting out Asda’s new plans to do our bit to protect, restore and enhance nature in our supply chains, both here in the UK and across the world.
Protecting our natural world is the starting point of our operations. This means looking at all areas where we have an impact. For instance, we know that protecting our oceans is important, but what about the birds that use the ocean as a source of food? Working with our supplier New England Seafood International the vessels that supply Asda products have changed the hooks they use to a design which avoids accidentally catching Albatross.
To make sure that we’re minimising the impact our supply chain has on the environment, we’re going to ensure that:
It’s vitally important that we not only reduce our impact now, but also help nature to recover. This can take many forms; for instance we have previously worked with the Biodiversity Partnership in Cosa Rica to restore the Nogal-La Selva Biological Corridor. As well as reforesting large areas of the region, they also created rope bridges across busy roads, allowing animals to move safely from one side to the other.
To restore and enhance nature further we plan that:
We know that we cannot start to tackle big issues like this on our own, but only by working in partnership with our farmers, growers and all the other parts of our supply chain. In setting out these plans, we hope to do our bit towards ensuring a healthy, vibrant and diverse natural world for us all to enjoy.