·ALWAYS REDEFINING SUSTAINABILITY·
How can we strengthen the food system and be able to feed our ever-growing population if resources are increasingly scarce and every year tons of food are wasted? Antonio Agustín, co-founder of the NotGreenWashing Institute, analyses all fundamental data regarding food waste and its causes in an article published in Distribución y Consumo (Distribution and Consumption magazine).
The article focuses on two key issues that could achieve our goal of sustainable growth: raising awareness and collaborating.
After the recession, the restaurant sector started to show signs of recovery. The year 2015 meant a €480 million growth in relation to the year before. Furthermore, 10,000 jobs were created.
NGWI promotes this sector study, in cooperation with Restaurantes Sostenibles (Sustainable Restaurants) and assesses the level of sustainability of the companies in this industry. Criteria of waste management, purchases, energy efficiency, training and social implication are taken into account, among others.
Since the recession began, the number of Spanish golf players has decreased by 18%. This industry generates around €15 million in Europe.
This study was promoted by the Spanish Association of Golf Managers and was carried out jointly with KPMG. It assesses the economic, social and environmental impact of the golf industry in Spain, as well as society’s perception regarding this sport and all related business activity.
In 2015, the tourism industry contributed to the Spanish Economy with €124 billion and generated more than 70,000 new jobs.
In addition to its economic impact, the industry also has a positive social impact and an environmental impact that is seldom acknowledged. That is the reason why NotGreenWashing Institute has performed an analysis of this sector, collaborating with the main stakeholders.
This study assesses the current state of sustainability within the Fast Moving Consumer Goods sector in Spain. Participating companies account for 67% of the distribution market and 26% of food manufacturing, with an annual turnover of over €78 billion. Some important conclusions were drawn from this analysis:
Sustainability is in the agenda of every CEO worldwide.
The concept goes far beyond environment protection.
Spanish Fast Moving Consumer Goods companies still have a long way ahead.
It is crucial that companies acknowledge and meet the expectations and the needs of every stakeholder.
DIA is one of the leading distribution groups in Spain. It was the first in this industry to be included in IBEX35. Since 2003, it has implemented sustainable policies aiming at reducing emissions and resource squandering.
This business case was discussed within the “Strategy and sustainability” subject at the MBA taught at IESE Business School. It describes the preparation and elaboration process for non-financial reports using GRI and CDP standards. Finally, this case analyses the reputation value that DIA adds when it communicates sustainability policies to every stakeholder.
Companies using GRI standards for reporting.