(Montreal, August 11, 2010) – Metro Inc. introduces its corporate responsibility roadmap, providing a clear definition of its commitments and intentions regarding the management of its environmental, social and economic activities. This approach acknowledges Metro's ambition to go beyond its role of distributor in order to become an active player in sustainable development.
"Metro has already implemented numerous corporate responsibility initiatives. As a large Canadian food retailer, we are aware of the impact of our activities on society and we are determined to deepen our involvement. This is a long-term project, and today's announcement is the first of many measures to come," declared Eric R. La Flèche, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metro Inc.
For many years, Metro has been taking concrete actions to protect the environment. Among those initiatives, let us mention the environmental policy that was adopted in 1998, the introduction of reusable grocery bags in 2006 and, more recently reusable produce bags, the creation of the Green Apple School Program in 2009, and, starting this fall, a new sustainable fisheries policy, which will enable us to offer our customers only non-threatened fresh and frozen wild and farmed seafood species.
"We want our actions to reflect our corporate strategy and we will focus on the areas that are most important to our stakeholders as well as to our corporate performance. Our initiative is built on four pillars: Our customers, our employees, the environment and the community," concluded Mr. La Flèche.
To find out more on Metro’s Roadmap, consult www.metro.ca/corpo/responsabilite.en.html.
About Metro Inc.
With over $11 billion in annual sales and more than 65,000 employees, Metro Inc. is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical sectors in Quebec and Ontario, where it operates a network of some 600 grocery stores under several banners, including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 pharmacies, mainly under the Brunet, The Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.
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Source: Metro Inc.
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