Raw Materials

Raw Materials

Greater sustainability in the supply chain

Lidl Cyprus takes responsibility for people and the environment as part of its commitment to sustainability along the entire value chain, this also extends to the cultivation of raw materials that are used in our products. To do so, Lidl has developed a general Raw Materials Strategy for own brand products.

The Lidl Raw Materials Strategy

Our Raw Materials Strategy is based on four pillars:

  1. Understanding impacts: We are identifying risks in our supply chains and are creating transparency. 
  2. Establishing standards: We are certifying our critical agricultural raw materials. 
  3. Promoting alternatives: We are promoting the use of more sustainable alternatives in our assortment and reducing the procurement of critical raw materials.
  4. Driving change: We are participating in multi-stakeholder initiatives and projects.
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A constant eye on critical raw materials

We joined together with experts to identify the environmental and social risks associated with the raw materials in our own brand products. This allowed us to identify 13 raw materials that we classify as critical. These "critical raw materials" have comparatively high impacts on people and the environment, and are also highly relevant to our assortment. These include palm oil, soy, fish, cocoa, cotton, and cellulose.

Our raw material targets by the end of 2025

We have defined specific certification and/or reduction targets for each raw material that we have classed as critical. They contribute to our overarching goal of making the procurement of our critical raw materials for own-brand products more environmentally friendly and socially acceptable by the end of 2025. For example, all items that contain palm (kernel) oil are to be certified with the RSPO seal, and wild caught fish with the MSC seal. You can find more info on our targets in our Purchasing Policy.