ESG review


Bidcorp commitment to our environment

Sustainability is key to our business strategy and central to everything we do. Our philosophy and culture, and focus on operational efficiency help ensure we deliver our services in a socially responsible manner. We seek sustainable growth. We want our customers to grow as well. But we also want growth that is characterised by minimal environmental impact.

At Bidcorp, sustainability cannot be achieved by applying a single template. Operationally, Bidcorp confronts a complex mix of environmental and socio-economic realities. Flexible responses are required, as determined by the demands of unique markets across five continents.

Individual companies therefore set their own sustainability priorities, in accordance with local legislation, resource availability, employee skill sets and social conditions.

We are proud of our 2018 growth. Revenue is up 8%; headcount is up 10%, taking our total staff complement to 26 448 at June 30 2018. Sustained infrastructure investment has increased depot size by 11% while our vehicle fleet is 12% larger.

The 2018 Bidcorp growth story, reported below, outlines recent achievements across our four divisions. Growth means more jobs and new opportunities. It also results in greater activity levels, with inevitable emission increases. As a result, our carbon footprint has grown.

The challenge came into sharp focus in 2018 – growth while maintaining optimum efficiency in pursuit of environmental as well as market gains. We will continue to grow and invest in the future, but our vision of growth will be underpinned by renewed and redoubled efforts to contain our carbon footprint and reduce environmental impacts.

Bidcorp's 2018 growth story

  Australasia   United Kingdom   Europe   Emerging Markets
Revenue People
Depot Vehicles


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Bidcorp's 2018 global impact     Australasia  UK  Europe  Emerging
  Group Percentage change on prior year FY2017  
Water in kilolitres
1 080 424   29% (0,2%) 26% 4%     Group water
on prior year
Fuels in kilolitres 73 990   5% 5% 14% (14%)     Group scope 1
on prior year
Gas in tonnes 3 552   10% 6% 14% 9%  
Scope 1 in tCO2 207 358   6% 6% 14% (14%)  
Electricity in kWh 332 626 120   9% 8% 23% 12%     Group scope 2
on prior year
Scope 2 in tCO2 174 823   10% 8% 42% 9%  
Renewable electricity in kWh 7 142 074   11% (6%) >100% 0%  
Refrigerant gas reported in tonnes 29   3 4 9 13     Group scope 1+
of total emissions
Scope 1+ 89 153   11 372 9 606 31 432 36 743  
  Scope 3* – Waste reported in tonnes                  
Food waste 1 219   47 318 536 318     Group total emissions
(S1 + S2 + S1+)
471 334
tCo2 in 2018
Waste recycled 11 486   320 8 813 1 953 399  
Waste to landfill 9 899   1 213 6 472 898 1 316  

* Emissions not calculated.

Sustainability governance

The board's social and ethics committee meets quarterly to review the results of the monthly reporting of the group's sustainability activities. While the decentralised business model promotes appropriate responses from our companies, the committee is guided by a group-wide materiality assessment and stakeholder impact analysis. Key among these, include responsible product sourcing, environmental impact, employee wellbeing, and our responsibility as a corporate entity to support social investment programmes.

Bidcorp, while embracing the decentralised structure, guides best practice standards and zero-tolerance standards through group-wide policies on bribery, corruption, fair labour practices, environmental management and critical sustainability metrics that businesses are required to report on.

Environmental commitment

We view our environmental reporting as an ever-developing strategic focus. Environmental management equates to sound business management as much as it relates to protection of our planet.

Management's commitment to this key driver is evident in the expanded environmental measurement reporting structures implemented across our group. Monthly reporting of a growing base of metrics is providing greater insight and information to our team, enabling us to embrace the efficiencies and opportunities identified through this much-improved process. Improved information provides not only insights but highlights previous errors and omissions. These have been restated where necessary. Our ability to present a more complete picture of our global carbon footprint and wider environmental impact is improving.

In this report we have included emissions from air-conditioning and refrigerant equipment, acknowledging the material scope 1 emissions from this vital element in our business. Embracing new technologies and cooling systems such as the ammonia cooling plants has started to deliver significant reduction in these air-conditioning and refrigerant gas omissions. These upgrading projects continue as maintenance requirements as investment resources come available.

Bidcorp is committed to reporting relevant contributors to scope 3 emissions such as waste management.

Waste is an important and relevant issue to Bidfood. Most of our waste is associated with packaging materials and food waste. While substantial environmental impacts from food occur in the production phase (agriculture, food processing), households influence these impacts through their dietary choices and habits. We try to manage these issues by encouraging recycling (often promoting enterprise development as a result) and partnering with charitable food banks to ensure waste is minimised, as well as using our stakeholder communication channels to support and advise on healthy food choices and eating habits.

Although our own operations are not significant water consumers, we acknowledge that many of our suppliers are reliant on suitable quantities of good quality water to produce our products and they may be located in water stressed areas. Climatic change will have an impact on these operations and we need to be cognisant of how water is managed in our value chain.

Bidcorp's response to 2018 Western Cape water crisis

The 2018 Western Cape drought saw the imminent approach of "Day-Zero" water shortage for the region. Businesses were faced with the challenge of operating without access to water. Initiatives to identify alternate water sources were somewhat successful including rainwater tanks, recycling water where functionally possible and the installation of borehole water facilities to ease the load on municipal water supplies.

Cleaning processes embraced the use of chemical and steam technologies to reduce dependency on water resources. Research into filtration systems to purify recycled and borehole water for the ammonia plant cooling towers was investigated.

Behavioural changes were implemented through the "water-wise" campaign, limiting ablution flushing, using waterless hand sanitisers and limiting travel in efforts to reduce water consumption. Water was trucked into the Western Cape branches from neighbouring areas during the height of the crisis.

"Day-Zero" was averted this time, however management continue to drive the behaviours and projects implemented over this time. Responsible consumption and committed water reduction is a vital key in ensuring the sustainability of our business and planet.