euro annual sales (*fiscal year 2019)
Responsible resource management is an especially important issue to the Schwarz Group and affects many of our business units, both directly and indirectly.
In addition to a wide variety of sustainable activities surrounding Lidl and Kaufland's product assortment and supply chain, we started taking responsibility for our own waste early on in Neckarsulm. The foundation of GreenCycle, our internal environmental service provider (now PreZero), even made the retail group a role model for the entire industry back in 2009. Our philosophy of not just viewing waste as waste, but instead as unsorted recyclable materials, runs through our entire group of companies. The best example of this is our PET recycling loop, created by Schwarz Produktion together with Lidl. Here, ecological responsibility and economic considerations always go hand in hand.
The Group is well aware of its responsibility towards society and the environment. In addition to providing fair working and social conditions both within the Group and for suppliers, the Schwarz Group has resolved to take on the challenges of climate change, decreasing biodiversity and wasteful handling of natural resources.
Through energy-efficient technologies, environmentally-conscious planning of new buildings, climate-friendly logistics processes and the systematic avoidance of waste, the Group is lowering its energy consumption, minimizing CO2 emissions, and preserving natural habitats and resources. Our large, steadily growing selection of fairly-traded, ecological and locally-grown products also contributes to the Schwarz Group's social commitment and its sustainability principle.
The innovative REset Plastic plastic strategy is combining all group-wide activities for the first time and is serving as a flagship project to be followed by others in the future.