Our vision

Promoting circularity is an increasingly visible dimension of our operations, through which we promote the collection and reintegration of materials at the end of their life cycle, for reuse or recycling. In this sense, in 2022, we continued working on significantly transforming our packaging, taking as our starting point the principles of a circular economy and eco-design. The aim is to ensure that by 2025 all our private label or exclusive brand packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable.

We have also worked to ensure a more intelligent and assertive waste management process, through the development of several procedures at the supply level that enabled us to reduce stockout. These range from introducing the product expiration date in the store replenishment algorithms to changes in operating procedures and quality control to training and awareness-raising initiatives for our workforce.

These efforts are complemented by mechanisms to accelerate product flow and minimize food waste, as well as food reuse and redistribution initiatives through the food surplus donation programme.

Our performance

Through the continuous implementation of Environmental Management Systems (EMS), we invested in more efficient use of resources. By the end of 2022, circa 58% of MC's operational area was NP EN ISO14001 certified: 2015, representing a 5 pp growth compared to 2021.

A total of 923,689 m3 of water was withdrawn, representing a 4% increase compared to 2021, associated with business organic growth and returning to normal without the restrictions related to the pandemic.

In 2022, MC managed 73,087 tonnes of waste within the waste management scope, corresponding to a 0.5% increase compared to the previous year. We recorded an increase in the recovery rate of waste produced, reaching 84.8% (+1.2 compared to 2021).

At the end of 2022, our plastic packaging recycling rate was circa 80.0%, per our recycling matrix, representing a 5.3 pp increase compared to 2021. Regarding recycled raw materials incorporated, this figure stood at 14.1% (+2.0 pp compared to 2021).

Also worthy of note is the progress we made in terms of reducing food waste. In 2022, we avoided more than €54 million worth of food waste (€16 million more than in 2021), of which €23 million was by way of accelerating product flow mechanisms and €31 million from our food surplus donation programme.