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As part of our continued journey to ensure our products are responsibly sourced we have committed to selling
100% cage-free eggs by 2025 – this includes both our whole eggs and any eggs contained within our products – which is something we know to be important to our customers. This will result in more space and better welfare standards for laying hens and enable them to carry out natural behaviors.
To meet this commitment we will be working closely with all our egg suppliers to ensure that our pledge will have no detrimental effect on their businesses.
Ryan McDonnell, Commercial Director at Lidl UK said: 'Our pledge to work closely with our UK suppliers to phase out the sale of shell eggs from caged hens underlines our understanding of our customers' changing expectations, as shoppers increasingly search for responsibly sourced high quality British produce at the best value.'
Prices might be rising due to increasing global demand for cocoa products, but many of the small-scale farmers that produce 90% of the world's crop are not benefiting and will additionally have to tackle disease, age and climate change affecting their cocoa trees.
To help them we have focused on two areas. Firstly, by improving transparency; we are working with labeling organisations to give our customers clear, legible and comprehensible information on the origins of the chocolate they buy from us.
Our second focus is that of responsible sourcing – to help us source cocoa in sustainable and responsible way we are ensuring more and more of our cocoa-based products are certified and labelled under recognised standards.
We have committed to ensure that 100% of the cocoa in our own brand products is certified as sustainable by March 2017 under either UTZ, Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance standards.
Sustainable palm oil
Palm oil is increasingly used in a wide range of load, detergent and cosmetic products. The rise in global demand has led to the deforestation of large areas of rainforest in Malaysia and Indonesia, the major producing nations.
So we have committed to ensure that palm oil used in our own brand products is sourced from sustainable plantations. By the end of 2017, all palm oil used in segregated supply chains for our own brand food products and from mass balance supply chains for our own brand non-food products must be certified as sustainable.
Nowadays we are as much a nation of coffee drinkers as we are tea drinkers, so with an eye on the future it only makes sense for Lidl to source coffee from sustainable suppliers.
However, growing coffee is a difficult business. Global climatic changes and disease lead to unstable prices with farmers having to adapt to fluctuating conditions. As over 80% of coffee is produced by smallholders in developing countries, it is in both their interest and ours for Lidl to help protect price, production and livelihoods.
To do this we are increasing the amount of coffee we buy from certified sustainable sources, either through Rainforest Alliance or Fairtrade. We have already committed to sourcing 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee for our Deluxe range, with an ambitious target to certify the entire range of coffee products to either Rainforest Alliance or Fairtrade by 2017.
Where would we Brits be without tea? And where would we retailers be without the millions of tea workers working hard to produce it?
These workers are dependent upon tea for their livelihoods. However, the tea industry is controlled by large companies who in turn put immense pressure on the tea supply chain. This, together with wide price fluctuations, present workers with many problems ranging from low and unsecure wages and poor working conditions to limited access to housing and healthcare.
We are, therefore, committed to supporting growers and workers across the globe by sourcing our tea products from sustainable sources accredited to either Fairtrade, Raintorest Alliance, UTZ or Organic standards. As with our coffee, we have been working hard to increase the amount of tea sourced from these schemes and have ambitious targets to continue this journey.
Since the end of 2016, we have been proud to source 100% of our bananas from farms that are either Rainforest Alliance or Fairtrade certified.
Millions of people work globally to grow bananas both on small-scale farms and large commercial plantations. The industry and its wider supply chain employ millions of people in developing countries, providing a major source of income to each country's wider economy. However, workers in the industry are not always protected; fluctuations in prices and the impact of climate change is presenting serious challenges for the small-scale farmer, while those in commercial employment often suffer from low wages, unsecure labour and being exposed to harmful chemicals.
We want to address these issues head on and have been working proactively with our supply partners with the express aim of switching our banana supply over to Rainforest Alliance-certified Farms (88%) by the end of 2016, with the remaining bananas coming from Fairtrade Foundation farms (12%).