Initiatives

Packaging

Committed to Improving Packaging.

At Metcash we use a significant amount of packaging in our operations. We constantly look for innovative ways to improve how we use packaging and minimise the impact on our environment. Our commitment is part of being a sustainable business.

We are Signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant

Metcash has been a Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) member since it’s first inception as the National Packaging Covenant in 2000, indeed Metcash were the first retail sector signatory to the covenant.

The Australian Packaging Covenant is an industry led, co-regulatory agreement with the federal government to improve management of packaging in Australia. In 2000 when the NPC was formed, there was a focus on litter reduction and reducing waste to landfill of signatory companies. As the NPC has been refined, the focus today is on intelligent design for social and environmental sustainability when a product’s packaging is being designed, as well as a continued focus on reducing littering. This holistic view of sustainability as both social and environmental will help ensure the economic viability of industry in Australia by making better product packaging that:

  • Protects the product
  • Is easy for consumers to open and use all of the product
  • Is manufactured and delivered in an environmentally sensitive manner
  • Reduces the use of non-recyclable, non-reusable or non-biodegradable packaging
  • Reduces packaging that could lead to littering
  • Educating consumers
  • Fund projects to reduce littering and encourage all of the above

As the brand owner of 3,300 different products, Metcash continues to actively fund investment intoimproving the social and environmental impact of our corporate branded product packaging. To date, Metcash has committed funding in the total of $1,000,000, as well as, in substantial in-kind internal and external resources to APC related activities.

Metcash makes full use of the Australian Packaging Covenant Handbook and Sustainable Packaging Guidelines. With the vision of empowering our people and supporting our community; we are integrating consideration of environment and community into core business, from CEO to every single employee in the business.

In late 2008, the Metcash Environmental Sustainability Committee (MESC) was established with senior executives, including the CEO, as members. Metcash also employed a Sustainability Manager in 2008 to coordinate the implementation of sustainable improvements to all Metcash buiness areas and functions.

Our Action Plan outlines our intentions over the next five years to further improve our corporate branded product packaging.

Our Annual Reports outline our annual results and progress toward the goals we have outlined in our Action Plan.

Energy Efficiency

Metcash complies with the Australian Government initiative: The Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) Program; which encourages large energy-using businesses to increase their energy efficiency by improving the identification, evaluation and implementation of cost-effective energy saving opportunities.

The program is mandatory for organisations that use over 0.5 petajoules (PJ) of energy annually and may be undertaken voluntarily by medium energy-users.

  • Find out more about the¬†Metcash Energy Efficiency Opportunities Report,¬†Signed Public Report.