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    PENNY Romania launched the sixth sustainability report for 2022. The report reflects the company’s activity and analyzes the environmental, economic and social impact it generates.

    The report was made according to the GRI Standards methodology, developed by the Global Reporting Initiative, the most well-known sustainability reporting standard, the chosen option being the Core (basic) one. The report was also made following the SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) reporting frameworks in the specific Food Retail & Distributor Industry. The steps included in this document are in line with the organization’s sustainable development strategy and also follow the three pillars that define sustainability within PENNY:

    1. Sustainable assortment,
    2. Energy, climate and resources,
    3. Employees and society, each activity being detailed with specific measures, results and objectives.

    The concrete measures and solutions described in the sustainability report aim both to increase efficiency and to reduce the negative impact in the medium and long term.

    “The presentation of the sixth sustainability report marks the success of a prolific year. The year 2022 was characterized by notable progress in all areas of our activity. The report reflects the results of the work done, the measures implemented, as well as the directions we follow to improve continuously. Sustainability is an essential foundation of our business model. Our actions and initiatives are not just numbers, but tangible facts for building a better future, because we believe that the future is made today,” said Daniel Gross, CEO of PENNY Romania.

    The main results from 2022 presented in the sixth PENNY Romania sustainability report are:

    Sustainable assortment

    • 87.91% share of expenses with local suppliers
    • 69.61% proportion of food products of regional origin (from Romania)
    • 165 partner slaughterhouses of local farmers and producers
    • 48 organic and special diet items sold
    • 103 newly developed items with FSC certified secondary packaging

    Energy, climate and resources

    • 11% decrease in total carbon footprint compared to 2019
    • 6% decrease in specific electricity consumption compared to the previous year
    • 6,242 MWh green energy produced internally with 64 photovoltaic panel systems
    • 0 own stores heated on the basis of fossil fuels
    • 53 sites equipped with charging stations for electric cars
    • 23 BREEAM certified stores in use

    Employees and society

    • 6,596 active employees at the end of the year
    • 153,782 hours of training
    • 75% internal promotion rate for management positions
    • 56.5% women in management positions
    • 976,000 euros invested in the community
    • 350 tons of surplus food donated

    “We have long-term plans and we want to make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life in the communities in Romania. We have assumed the goal of achieving neutrality by 2040, collaborating closely with the REWE Group. Achieving this desire essentially depends on the focus our efforts in various local initiatives, supporting the supply of products from regional sources and the careful management of resources in all operational aspects of our company”, emphasized Claudia Ivan, PENNY Romania Sustainability Manager.

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