Communication on Progress 2011

Participant
Published
  • 2012/04/03
Time period
  • January 2011  –  December 2011
Format
  • Stand alone document – Basic COP Template
Differentiation Level
Self-assessment
  • Includes a CEO statement of continued support for the UN Global Compact and its ten principles
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Human Rights
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Labour
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Environment
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Anti-Corruption
  • Includes a measurement of outcomes
 
  • Statement of continued support by the Chief Executive Officer
  • Statement of the company's chief executive (CEO or equivalent) expressing continued support for the Global Compact and renewing the company's ongoing commitment to the initiative and its principles.

  • Dear stakeholders,

    Sustainable development takes a central place in our strategy of corporate development. In our conception, it consists of a range balanced activities in particular fields of social responsibility, environment protection, and economic sustainability. Our decision to take the path of socially responsible and sustainable operation dates back many years. We made our own sustainability commitments and laid down specific measurable goals in many areas.
    Our sustainable projects are carried out to promote energy efficiency and to save natural resources. We are maintaining comprehensive control of our impacts on the environment, and we are systematically reducing the amount of waste and emissions. We work in a constructive manner with our suppliers to develop new products. We guarantee safety and quality of products for our customers to whom we provide information to raise their awareness. We provide neat and safe working conditions for our employees and contribute to the development of our local environment. We are highly attentive to both the most important social issues and individuals. Our operations are transparent and compliant with the highest business standards; we treat all stakeholders equally. Therefore, the European Business Award presented to Mercator for corporate sustainability in 2011 was very important to us. We firmly believe that as one of the largest enterprises in the region, we are in a position to contribute a lot to sustainable trade. We are, however, aware that permanent and indeed sustainable results for the generations to come can only be attained through integration and cooperation. We all share the responsibility for our future.

    Žiga Debeljak, MScBA
    President of the Management Board

Human Rights
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of human rights for the company (i.e. human rights risk-assessment). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on Human Rights.

  • No answer provided.
  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement Human Rights policies, address Human Rights risks and respond to Human Rights violations.

  • No answer provided.
  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates performance.

  • No answer provided.
Labour
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of labour rights for the company (i.e. labour rights-related risks and opportunities). Description of written policies, public commitments and company goals on labour rights.

  • No answer provided.
  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions taken by the company to implement labour policies, address labour risks and respond to labour violations.

  • No answer provided.
  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates performance.

  • No answer provided.
Environment
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of environmental protection for the company (i.e. environmental risks and opportunities). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on environmental protection.

  • We are systematically establishing a relation to our natural environment through energy-efficient construction or refurbishment of stores and office buildings, efficient use of energy, and careful waste management, as well as by thoughtful consideration of other relevant aspects. We provide sustainable logistics and we proactively convey the right information and present our environmentally friendly offer to our customers.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement environmental policies, address environmental risks and respond to environmental incidents.

  • Lowering the index of specific power consumption 2011/2010 for Mercator, d.d., to 98.23, or reducing the power consumption by 4.29 kWh/m2.
    Reducing the index of specific carbon dioxide emission of fuels for 2011/2010 at Mercator, d.d., to 97.65, or reducing the emission by 3.42 kgCO2/m2.
    Installing covers and doors on refrigeration equipment in 29 selected stores.
    Replacement of existing fluorescent lamps with LED luminaires in lightboxes with Mercator's visual identity on seven commercial facilities.
    Installing equipment for combined heat and power generation at five retail facilities.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates environmental performance.

  • Apart from climate change, reduction of specific consumption of fuels for heating was also affected by measures implemented to improve the efficiency of the use of energy, such as closing the refrigeration chests, cabinets, and counters, and introduction of organizational measures according to the adopted manual. Hot water costs were also cut by installing the combined heat and power (or co-generation) equipment.

    Specific consumption of energy sources
    Specific consumption (per m2) Mercator Group Mercator, d.d.
    Electrical energy (kWh/m2) 254.93 237.91
    Heating oil (L/m2) 1.62 2.61
    Natural gas (m3/m2) 3.89 3.04
    LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas) (m3/m2) 0.05 0.12
    LNG (Liquefied natural gas) (L/m2) 0.22 0.47
    District heating (kWh/m2) 4.11 2.88
    Carbon dioxide emissions (kg CO2/m2) 148.48 141.99

    Targeted monitoring of power consumption at the company Poslovni sistem Mercator, d.d., has grown in importance in recent years as it represents the largest environmental cost. Specific consumption of electrical energy (as presented in the graph below) was cut by 1.77% in 2011 relative to 2010, or by 4.29 kWh/m2, as a result of the measures for efficient use of energy such as closing of refrigeration chests, cabinets, and counters, replacement of conventional lamps with LED fixtures in Mercator visual identity lightboxes, and other organizational measures according to the adopted Manual on Efficient Energy Use at the stores of Poslovni sistem Mercator, d.d.

    The table below presents a comparison between power consumption and specific power consumption and carbon dioxide emissions for the company Poslovni sistem Mercator, d.d., for the comparable periods of 2010 and 2011.

    2011 2010 Index2011/2010 Difference in consumption
    Electrical energy
    (kWh) 174,700,250 183,891,081 95.00 -9,190,831
    Specific power consumption (kWh/m2)237.91 242.20 98.23 -4.29
    Carbon dioxide emissions
    (tons of CO2) 104,265 110,403 94.44 -6,138
    Specific carbon dioxide emissions per square meter (kg CO2/m2) 141.99 145.41 97.65 -3.42

Anti-Corruption
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of anti-corruption for the company (i.e. anti-corruption risk-assessment). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on anti-corruption.

  • No answer provided.
  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement anti-corruption policies, address anti-corruption risks and respond to incidents.

  • No answer provided.
  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates anti-corruption performance.

  • No answer provided.