Cork ben­e­fits from a Lidl bit of com­mu­nity spirit

The Corkman - - NEWS - MARIA HER­LIHY

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.

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