Cork benefits from a Lidl bit of community spirit
THE German discount store Lidl has launched its Impact Report which details its positive CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) impact on the communities it serves in county Cork.
The report, ‘ A Better Tomorrow’ states that over €60 million of agri-food produce is sourced from local suppliers and 575 people are employed directly in Lidl’s 22 Cork based stores and Charleville distribution centre.
In addition, it has donated 60,000 meals throughout a nationwide initiative with FoodCloud. It meant that food which would have otherwise have gone to waste was effectively used by those who need it most.
The report also stated that 33 local charities and community groups working with Lidl and FoodCloud were supported in the region, benefiting from €81,000 in kind donations to FoodCloud.
In its CSR report, it also outlined how Lidl has raised €77,000 for Jigsaw - which is Lidl’s charity partner which provides mental health support to young people. It also donated €10,000 to other local charities and community groups. Finally, 22 local ladies Gaelic football clubs benefited from jerseys or equipment.
Lidl’s work with FoodCloud goes beyond the donation of meals and in-kind donations as it has reduced 27,000 kilos of food that otherwise would have been diverted to landfill which has an additional benefit to the environment of saving 87,000 kilos in CO2 emissions.
JP Scally, Managing Director, Lidl Ireland said: “We believe our contribution goes much deeper than that in the impact it has on communities – everything from our sustainable energy initiatives to the money raised for local good causes and from the benefits of the Jigsaw and LGFA partnerships to the number of meals donated to FoodCloud.”
He said the individual efforts of their stores and teams across the country has made a real impact collectively with over 500,000 FoodCloud meals donated worth €700,000 and over €400,000 raised for youth mental health initiative Jigsaw nationwide.