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.
The company is replacing the single-use hygienic face mask with a new corporate one that is more practical, modern and sustainable, in order to improve the provision of protective equipment at workstations and strengthen its commitment to the environment.
This change, which began gradually in late 2020, is expected to have been implemented across the entire chain before the end of May.
The Totaler Supplier Cambrass, specialised in textiles for babies, is making these items at its facilities in Ontinyent (Valencia) for the company's more than 95,000 employees working throughout Spain and Portugal.
In a year as hard and complex as 2020, Mercadona has achieved the best management in its history, thanks to the 95,000 people who make up the Mercadona Project who have shown with their effort and resilience that in extraordinary times, extraordinary people show up.
Mercadona created 5,000 new jobs, an average of 16 per day, ending the year with a staff of 95,000 people with permanent contracts.
The company has invested more than 1.5 billion euros, funded by its own resources, to accelerate the brutal transformation it is undergoing and to promote a more digital, productive and sustainable company model.
After sharing 409 million euros in bonuses with its staff, representing more than 25% of the total profits generated, and 364 million with Society through taxes (29% more than in 2019), the company recorded a net profit of 727 million euros (+17%).
In 2020, Juan Roig and Hortensia Herrero allocated 70 million euros of their dividends to reactivating the economy of the Valencian Community and Spain, and plan to increase this contribution in 2021 by 45% to 100 million euros, “because knowledge and money bring happiness... if you share them”.
The company recognises the great work carried out by all its employees during 2020 because, thanks to them, Mercadona has achieved the best management of its business in its history, having guaranteed the daily supply and opening of more than 1,600 stores in Spain and Portugal.
This pioneering initiative to share profits with the people responsible for generating them was launched over 20 years ago, and since then, the shareholders of the company have distributed more than €4.2 billion among its employees.
€366 million as a target bonus and €43 million in recognition of the commitment made during the health crisis.
By 2025, Mercadona will have reduced the plastic on its shelves by 25%, will only use recyclable packaging and will recycle all of its plastic waste.
The company will invest more than 140 million euros in its 6.25 Strategy, and today it has completed the first of its 6 actions across the entire chain, which will reduce its plastic use by 3,200 tonnes a year.
In 2021 the chain will transform all its stores to the Store 6.25 model, making visible the company’s changes aimed at reducing plastic.
The chain has created a multidisciplinary work team that will be responsible for identifying and specifying the changes that will need to be introduced in the different processes of the assembly line in order to reduce plastic.
Its goal is to continue to improve its work-life balance measures, an area in which Mercadona already leads the way, and this new initiative has been trialled in 31 of its stores.
This measure, which will enter into effect as of the 3rd of August, is a milestone for the company and for the distribution sector as a whole, as workers will now have 2 full days off a week and they will also enjoy 8 long weekends a year.
The work that has been carried out by the Collective Agreement Observatory, which was created by the company alongside union representatives in 2019 to promote these kinds of measures, has played an essential role in streamlining the implementation of this initiative.
Pursuant to Art.10.2 of Spanish Royal Decree 463/2020 declaring the State of Alarm to address the healthcare crisis caused by Covid-19.
Mercadona, with the objective of protecting the health and safety of our customers and employees as well as ensuring the supply of our stores, is updating the measures adopted last 16th, 19th, 23rd and 26th March, 3rd April, and 11th and 14th May, supplementing them with another that will come into force on Monday 1st June, underlined below so as to be more easily identified.