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Biodiversity

We recognise the importance of Biodiversity for the sustainability of the communities in which we operate.

We believe we have an additional responsibility in protecting biological diversity, and so it is crucial to assess the environmental risks of our activities in order to gauge any threats and opportunities for improvement. Whenever possible, we try to involve other partners in the supply chain, especially suppliers.

We assess the risks associated to the different ecosystem services based on the Ecosystem Services Review methodology, proposed by the World Research Institute and we identified 11 priority leading project lines of action for the Group's management practices, namely:

  • Information management;
  • Training;
  • Partnerships with suppliers;
  • Research and Development.

Within the projects we develop and support, we highlight the risk assessment of the most sold species of fish by our Companies in both Portugal and Poland. This analysis identified aspects such as the level of stock exploitation, impacts on ecosystems and surrounding communities, traceability and working conditions, concluding that none of the species sold showed high risk.

In 2016, the level of vulnerability of all fish species sold in Portugal and Poland was assessed based on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN Red List of Threatened Species). Of all the species purchased in 2015, less than 8%, in number, showed some level of risk:

  • 14 species, 18% of the total sourced (kg), are classified at the level "Vulnerable", the lowest level for threatened species;
  • 5 species, less than 0.8% of the total sourced (kg), are classified as "Endangered", an intermediate level of risk, and for 1 of these it was possible to ensure its total production in an aquaculture system;
  • 1 specie, less than 0.0004% of the total sourced (kg), is classified as "Critically Endangered", the maximum level of risk. Its sale was discontinued in June 2016 since it was not possible to ensure its production in an aquaculture system throughout its complete life cycle.

With regard to agricultural practices, and after carrying out a study on the practices of the Group's Portuguese suppliers, a manual was developed, along with our Fruit and Vegetables producers, to promote the use of production methods which enhance, among other aspects, the protection of biodiversity.


PARTNERSHIPS AND SUPPORT

The Group supported the following initiatives, focused on promoting projects for restoring natural habitats and protecting biodiversity.  

Institution Project
Oceanário de Lisboa (Lisbon Oceanarium) Oceanário de Lisboa (Lisbon Oceanarium)
Quercus "SOS Polinizadores" Campaign
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Green Heart of Cork
Liga para a Protecção da Natureza (LPN) ECOs-Locais
European Recycling Platform (ERP) - Portugal "Geração Depositrão"
Jardim Zoológico (Lisbon Zoo) Ring-tailed Lemur sponsorship

In January 2016, the Group awarded, as part of the Green Project Awards Portugal, the "Jerónimo Martins-Green Project Awards Prize for Research and Development", with a value of 20 thousand euros, the project "Detergentes Verdes" (Green Detergents). This project studies the use of vegetable waste in the development of cleaning products which have less impact on water and biodiversity.