In our previous sustainability report, we set out certain economic, environmental and social targets. We have met, if not exceeded, all of them.
DIA set three environmental goals for 2012:
- Reduce electricity consumption by 2%
- Create a system for measuring the reduction of private label brand packaging materials
- Certify 20 stores in Spain as “eco-friendly”
DIA is forms part of the CO2ME Project to reduce carbon footprint and offset emissions
The results as of 31 December 2012 were revealing. DIA managed to cut its electricity consumption by 3.74%, which beat the 2% target reduction, through a number of initiatives, such as substituting fluorescent light bulbs with LED lights.
DIA is involved in the CO2ME project, entailing a network of food industry players created to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint and offset its emissions.
In 2012, DIA continued its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its packaging materials. As in previous years, it worked on the design and rollout of packaging and packaging waste prevention plans applied to the design of its private label brand products. The strategy has already been implemented in Spain and the plan is to extend it to the rest of the operating markets going forward.
DIA is a shareholder of Ecoembes, a non-profit public limited company whose corporate objects include the design and organisation of an integrated management system for the selective collection of packaging waste for subsequent recycling.
DIA also marked three targets on the corporate governance front 2012: draft a Code of Ethics, create an ethics channel and sign the United Nations Global Compact.
DIA signed the UN Global Compact on 15 March 2012, adopting its ten principles as the cornerstones of its Social Corporate Responsibility (CSR) policy, alongside its traditional values of efficiency, initiative, respect, teamwork and customer focus.
After becoming a signatory of the Global Compact, DIA focused mainly on mainstreaming the Global Compact principles in at least half of its suppliers, except in China. Throughout the year, DIA worked tirelessly to raise awareness about, disseminate and train suppliers on the Global Compact’s ten principles. It reached nearly all of its suppliers.
On 9 May 2012, DIA approved its Code of Ethics, which is available on the corporate website www.diacorporate.com.
At the same time the Code of Ethics was published, an ethics channel was created for consultation and information purposes, managed by the Ethics Committee and country-level ethics coordinators. The purpose of this channel is to handle queries regarding interpretation and possible breaches of the Code.
Messages addressed to the Ethics Committee can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to DIA’s headquarters (C/ Jacinto Benavente, 2-A CP 28232, Las Rozas, Madrid, Spain).
Messages must contain the name of the persons concerned. They are evaluated and handled confidentially. The company does not tolerate any form of reprisal against employees who have used this channel to report potential irregularities.