Two years ago Mercadona developed an ambitious plan, which would involve a total investment of 140 million euros, to reduce its plastic consumption and improve waste management in its stores; which have also been transformed over the last year to a more sustainable model.
Strategy 6.25 consists of six specific actions to achieve a triple objective by 2025: reduce the plastic in its packaging by 25%, make all of its plastic packaging recyclable, and recycle all of its plastic waste.
The company has already eliminated single-use plastic bags and household items and is continuing to reduce the plastic used in its packaging, improve the products’ recyclability and provide the Bosses (the customers) with information on how to recycle.
The chain is implementing its Strategy 6.25 to reduce plastic and manage its waste, and in under a year it has adapted all of its stores to the 6.25 Store model.
Thanks to the effort and commitment of the 96,000 employees, a very difficult and complex year has been managed successfully
The company decided not to pass on to clients the rise in costs derived from the increase in the cost of raw materials at source, transport and industrial prices, which have had an impact of 100 million euros on its operating margin, leading to a 6% decrease in net profit, which amounted to 680 million euros in 2021.
Despite the difficult scenario that it has faced, Mercadona has continued to advance in its brutal transformation with the objective of becoming a more digital and sustainable company, having invested 1.2 billion euros.
The company has created 1,000 new jobs with a permanent contract and has guaranteed the purchasing power of staff with a wage increase in line with the CPI in Spain and Portugal, and has once again recognised the effort of staff by allocating an objectives bonus of 375 million euros, 25% of the total profit generated.
In 2021, Juan Roig and Hortensia Herrero have again allocated 100 million euros of their dividends to reactivating the economy of the Valencian Community and Spain, a figure that they will be matched in 2022 “because knowledge and money bring happiness... if you share them”.
This new technology helps to reduce the impact of the company’s daily activity, improve air quality in cities, and minimise noise.
With a capacity for 21 pallets and a Maximum Authorised Mass of 26 tonnes, the new 100% electric Scania vehicle has a theoretical autonomy of approximately 200 km, making it an optimal solution for urban distribution.
In collaboration with Scania, Acotral, Frigicoll and ThermoKing.
Through its Strategy 6.25, and with an investment of €140 million, the company’s goal is to reduce the plastic in its packaging by 25%, make all of its packaging recyclable, and recycle all of its plastic waste by 2025.
In the last year, the company has completed the first two actions in the plan by converting all of its stores to the Store 6.25 format in under a year, a process which has required an investment of €30 million.
The chain is implementing its Strategy 6.25 to reduce plastic and manage its waste and in under a year it has adapted all of its stores to the Store 6.25 model.
During 2019 and 2020 it has reduced its electricity consumption by 39.7 million kWh, it has installed more than 1,400 solar panels, and it has ended the year with a total of 1,020 “Stores 8”, which reduce energy consumption by up to 40% compared to a conventional supermarket.
In 2020 it joined the international initiative, Lean&Green, promoted by the AECOC, and it developed an Emissions Reduction Plan with which it will be able to certify a 20% reduction in its logistics emissions between 2015 and 2019.
The chain introduced major improvements in 2019 and 2020, reassessing its processes and implementing new green and sustainable strategies.