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Supermarket Chains Questions

In this section, you will find the list of questions that is used in the Supermarket Chains sector ranking matrices. The questions are categorized into three areas: Labour Conditions and Human Rights, Climate Change, and Ecology. Clicking on a question heading will provide you with more background information, guidelines and possible jurisdiction for the question.

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Questions about Climate Change

1. Supermarket Chains Climate Change Question 1:
Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions?

INACTIVE 2. Supermarket Chains Climate Change Question 2:
Has the brand disclosed the annual footprint of greenhouse gas emissions of its 'own operations'?

3. Supermarket Chains Climate Change Question 3:
Has the brand (company) already reduced or compensated its absolute 'own operations' greenhouse gas emissions footprint by at least 10% in the last 5 years?

4. Supermarket Chains Climate Change Question 4:
Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years?

5. Supermarket Chains Climate Change Question 5:
Are the greenhouse gas emissions below 250 kg CO2-eq per square meter shopping floor per year?

6. Supermarket Chains Climate Change Question 6:
Does at least 25% of the electricity that the brand (company) uses for its 'own operations' come from direct renewable energy resources, that are proven to be additional?

Questions about Ecology

1. Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 15:
Does the brand have an environmental policy for the use of store brand paper products and/or promotional papers such as leaflets and magazines?

2. Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 1:
Is the rate of organic (food) sales to the total (food) turnover at least more than 1,5%?

3. Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 2:
Is the rate of organic (food) sales to the total (food) turnover at least more than 2,0%?

4. Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 2b:
Is the rate of organic (food) sales to the total (food) turnover at least more than 3,0%?

5. Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 3:
Has the brand banned 'unsustainable fish', so the most threatened species and the most damaging fishing and breeding methods from the assortment?

6. Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 4:
Is 85% of the sold fish 'sustainable' (such as MSC, ASC certified or in the 'green zone')?

7. Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 5:
Is 99% of the sold fish 'sustainable' (such as MSC, ASC certified or in the 'green zone')?

8. Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 6:
Concerning the sold eggs including store brand products that contain egg: does the brand have a policy to further improve the animal welfare of laying hens?

9. Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 7:
Does the brand abide progressive animal welfare standards for its entire assortment of chicken products?

10. Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 8:
Concerning veal, beef and dairy; does the brand abide by progressive animal welfare standards including a ban on calves' anaemia to produce pale meat?

11. Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 9:
For the full assortment of pork, does the brand abide by progressive animal welfare standards?

12. Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 10:
Does the brand have a policy to increase the use of sustainable soy in the animal feed for its chicken and pork meat products, in order to fight e.g. the destruction of tropical forest?

13. Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 11:
Does the brand have an effective policy to increase the use of sustainable palm oil in order to stop e.g. the destruction of tropical forest for palm oil plantations?

14. Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 12:
Does the brand stimulate re-use of carrier bags among consumers?

15. Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 13:
Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize (food) waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results?

16. Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 14:
Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results?

Questions about Fairtrade / Labour Conditions

1. Supermarket Chains Labour Conditions Question 1
Does the brand sell tropical commodities such as coffee, tea, cocoa, bananas and pineapple certified according to Fair Trade, Utz, Rainforest Alliance or similar systems?

2. Supermarket Chains Labour Conditions Question 2
Does the brand present a clear breakdown of fair trade certifications for at least three of the following commodity groups: coffee, tea, cocoa, cane sugar, bananas or pineapples?

3. Supermarket Chains Labour Conditions Question 3:
Is all the store brand coffee certified according to Fair Trade, Utz, Rainforest Alliance or similar systems?

4. Supermarket Chains Labour Conditions Question 4:
Is the complete assortment of bananas certified according to Fair Trade, Utz, Rainforest Alliance or similar systems?

5. Supermarket Chains Labour Conditions Question 5:
Is all the store brand cocoa certified according to Fair Trade, Utz, Rainforest Alliance or similar systems?

6. Supermarket Chains Labour Conditions Question 6:
Is all the store brand tea certified according to Fair Trade, Utz, Rainforest Alliance or similar systems?

7. Supermarket Chains Labour Conditions Question 6a:
Has the brand (supermarket chain) established a fair trade policy for other tropical commodities such as cane sugar, tropical fruits or rice?

8. Supermarket Chains Labour Conditions Question 6b:
Has the brand (supermarket chain) established a fair trade policy for non-food product groups such as textiles and hardware?

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Supermarket Chains Labour Conditions Question 7:
For other product groups such as textiles and hardware, does the brand (company) have a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labour, no child labour, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace?

Supermarket Chains Labour Conditions Question 8:
INACTIVE Does this CoC include at least two of the following workers rights: 1) a formal employment relationship; 2) a maximum working week of 60 hours including paid overtime; 3) a living wage; and 4) to form and join labour unions and bargain collectively; and in those situations where these rights are restricted under law, to develop parallel means?

Supermarket Chains Labour Conditions Question 9:
INACTIVE Does the brand annually report on the results of this labour conditions policy?