In the medium term, the direction is articulated in Ambition 2025, which sets out where ICA Gruppen needs to be in about five years to meet identified external developments and drivers. ”Healthy and Sustainable” is one of four teams identified in the ambition, which is then made more tangible in the group-wide step-changes ”Climate beyond neutrality” and ”Make healthy choices easier”. Read more about ICA Gruppen’s strategies ›
We are constantly working to raise the level of our sustainability work by taking the lead on important issues in the areas of the environment, health, diversity, quality, and local community engagement. This strengthens us as a player in our respective markets, and our hope is that we can inspire others and create value for society as a whole and for our customers.
We also strive to continually develop our communication of how we work with sustainability. Among other things, we have published externally audited quarterly reports of our sustainability work on Group level since 2012.
ICA Gruppen’s sustainability targets
To drive and monitor its sustainability efforts, ICA Gruppen sets Group-wide targets in the prioritised focus areas. These are complemented by the targets set by each respective company and those set for specific issues.
Climate change affects everyone. To contribute to the UN’s target to limit global warming, ICA Gruppen has long worked with science-based climate targets, and between 2006 and 2020, greenhouse gas emissions from own operations (stores, pharmacies, warehouses and offices) were reduced by 76%. Since 2020 all emissions are compensated through carbon offsets, making the Group’s operations climate neutral. By 2030 ICA Gruppen intends to have net zero climate emissions from its own operations. This means continuing to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement to as close as to zero as possible, at the same time that carbon offsetting will be replaced by measures that balance positive emissions against negative emissions.
A large share of the emissions that ICA Gruppen’s operations give rise to are in production. By 2025 at the latest, ICA Gruppen’s suppliers, representing 70% of the Group’s upstream climate impact, are to have adopted science-based climate targets.
|Q3 2022 (R12)
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|Net zero emissions from own operations by 2030 (tonnes CO2e)||88,567||81,798|
|Net zero emissions from own operations by 2030 (tonnes CO2e / SEKm turnover)||0.66||0.64|
Food accounts for roughly a fourth of people’s total carbon footprint. It is therefore of utmost importance to take care of the food that is produced. Toward this end, in 2019 ICA Gruppen decided on a new Group target: to cut food waste from warehouses and stores in both Sweden and the Baltic countries in half by 2025 compared with the base year 2016. Food waste is measured using an international standard created by the Food Loss & Waste Protocol (FLW Protocol). A few important ways of reaching this new target include smarter purchasing algorithms, creation of circular products, and having routines and tools that enable early identification of foods that are at risk of being wasted.
|Q3 2022 (R12)||Q3 2021 (R12)|
|Cut food waste in half by 2025 (food waste weight share)||1.56%||1.66%|
|Cut food waste in half by 2025 (development as % relative to base year 2016)||-14%||-9%|
A large share of global climate impact comes from the production and consumption of food. Therefore, ICA not only sets targets to reduce its own emissions, but also requires suppliers to adopt science-based climate targets. ICA Gruppen has also set a goal to cut the climate impact of customers’ grocery purchases in half by 2030.
In Sweden, ICA’s customers can already monitor the climate impact of their grocery purchases through the service Mitt klimatmål (“My climate target”), which also provides personalised tips for reducing one’s climate impact as well as links to climate-guided recipes. ICA is also working towards this target by inspiring and supporting customers through various shifts in the product range, and by improving production methods for a lower environmental and climate impact, such as within the ICA Växa (“ICA Grow”) initiative.
The target to cut the climate impact of customers’ grocery purchases in half was decided on in 2020.
|Q3 2022 (R12)||Q3 2021 (R12)|
|Cut the climate impact of customers' grocery purchases in half by 2030 (kg Co2e/kg sold food)||1.78||1.79|
All ICA Gruppen companies in Sweden have adopted a new health strategy that is based on the ambition to make it easier for customers to live a healthy life, in line with their own situation and circumstances, with particular focus on children and young people.
One target, which can already be noticed in stores, is that we are taking measures to significantly increase customers’ purchases of fruit and vegetables to a level corresponding to 500 grams per person and day by 2025 at the latest. This change could make a big difference, as the average today is less than 400 grams, and for children and young people only half that.
The target for increased consumption of fruits and vegetables was adopted in 2020.
|Number of new products with reduced or no added sugar, ICA Sweden||3|
More information about ICA Gruppen’s sustainability goals
See below for more information on ICA Gruppen’s sustainability goals, accounting principles for sustainability reporting, and last year’s sustainability report.
All reports can be accessed here ›