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Pick n Pay

Building an Inclusive and

ethical value chain

At Pick n Pay, we are committed to supporting local, small-scale, black and women-empowered businesses, and to working with all our suppliers to ensure that we provide our customers with great quality food that is produced in a responsible and ethical way.
 
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empowering independent 
 small retailers

Spaza to convenience
store conversions

Pick n Pay is pioneering an ambitious partnership initiative to help small, independent township grocers to regenerate their stores and turn them into thriving neighbourhood convenience stores.

 

we want to create new jobs, teach new skills and share our knowledge and experience with more small business owners”.
Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, Pick n Pay Director: Transformation

LOCAL AND DIVERSE 
 SUPPLIERS

INCREASING LOCAL SOURCING

We have a substantial impact on the South African economy through our direct supply chain, expending more than 400 000 jobs across the country. Furthermore, we procure more than 95% of our fresh produce from South African suppliers.

“As one of the founding members of the WWF-SASSI Retailer Participation Scheme and the first retailer in Africa to make sustainable seafood commitments, Pick n Pay is committed to continue working with our suppliers towards our sustainable seafood objectives.
Andre Nel, Head of Sustainability Department

SOURCING
SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD

How Pick n Pay is working to
ensure sustainable seafood.

ADVANCING
SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD

Pick n Pay is a reconised leader among African retailers in advancing sustainable seafood sourcing and providing customers with the best environmental choices. We drive change throughout our seafood supply chain to mitigate the risks of over-fishing.

Pick n Pay has has been working closely with WWF-SASSI for the past 10 years, and in 2011 we became the first retailer in Africa to make the commitment to only sell sustainable seafood. Since then we have invested R15 million in the WWF Sustainable Fisheries Programme (SFP).

We continue to make progress towards our target of all our seafood products being sustainably sourced. Currently, 83% of our seafood products by species and 95% of our products by sales either meet credible sustainability standards or come from fisheries that are actively improving their environmental sustainability performance.

SEAFOOD SPECIES AVAILABLE IN OUR STORES

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Pick n Pay was a founding partner of the WWF-SASSI Scheme and in 2010 announced that it had signed a partnership agreement with the WWF Sustainable Fisheries Programme in a bid to support the organisation's Sustainable Fisheries Programme. Since the initiation of this partnership, Pick n Pay has invested R13.5 million in WWF's drive to promote an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF), recognising the critical role that marine ecosystems play in maintaining resilient socio-cultural systems in the face of growing threats of climate change and food security.

In 2011 Pick n Pay committed to transforming its fresh, frozen and canned seafood operations to ensure that, by the end of 2015, it will only sell seafood products which are either:

  • Certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for wild-caught products;
  • Certified as sustainable by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC; or equivalent) for farmed products
  • Categorised as ‘Green’ by WWF-SA’s Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (WWF-SASSI); or
  • Sourced from fisheries or farms which are engaged in credible, time-bound improvement projects

Pick n Pay has spent a great deal of effort over the past five years on formulating procurement strategies, training staff, improving traceability systems, addressing labeling issues, as well as assessing the sustainability of all procurement streams. All this work laid the foundation which enabled Pick n Pay to drive significant improvement in the sustainable procurement of seafood products.

At the moment, a significant proportion of the world's fisheries/aquaculture operations still do not meet internationally accepted standards of sustainability. It is not illegal to sell fish that are on the orange list, they may be sold by registered commercial fishermen and retailers. It is also important to recognize that there are significant financial and livelihood implications associated with removing certain species from shelves. For this reason, and in order to drive long term improvement in fisheries, our aim is to support fishermen while they are implementing strategies to address our sustainability concerns. Rather than simply discontinue sourcing certain seafood products, we are using our buying power to provide both an incentive and a path for these operations to become sustainable.

The majority of our seafood products already meet our sustainable seafood commitments. For the products that are not yet in compliance, we have developed strategies that involves constructive engagement with suppliers and fishermen to foster responsible environmental governance and sustainable fishing practices. These strategies have been developed in accordance with the WWF-SA Procurement Guidelines and we will report publicly on the progress of implementation.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an international non-profit organisation set up to promote solutions to the problem of overfishing. The MSC runs the only certification and ecolabelling programme for wild-capture fisheries consistent with the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation guidelines for fisheries certification. The FAO 'Guidelines for the Eco-labelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries' require that credible fishery certification and eco-labelling schemes include:

  • Objective, third-party fishery assessment utilising scientific evidence;
  • Transparent processes with built-in stakeholder consultation and objection procedures;
  • Standards based on the sustainability of target species, ecosystems and management practices.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an international non-profit organisation set up to promote solutions to the problem of overfishing. The MSC runs the only certification and ecolabelling programme for wild-capture fisheries consistent with the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation guidelines for fisheries certification. The FAO 'Guidelines for the Eco-labelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries' require that credible fishery certification and eco-labelling schemes include:

Pick n Pay is committed to the MSC because we believe that the MSC is the gold-standard for sustainability in wild capture fisheries. All MSC-certified products should carry the MSC eco-label to help consumers identify sustainable products on the retailer shelves. All MSC certified products are included on the SASSI Green list. Find more about the MSC on their website (www.msc.org)

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council is the equivalent of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) but is concerned with aquacultured/farmed species while the MSC only covers wild-caught species. Similar to the MSC, the ASC is an independent not for profit organisation. The ASC was founded in 2010 by WWF and IDH (Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative) to manage the global standards for responsible aquaculture.

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is an independent not for profit organisation and is one of the world’s leading certification and labelling programmes for responsibly farmed seafood. The ASC is a global organisation working with aquaculture producers, seafood processors, retail and foodservice companies, scientists, conservation groups and the public to promote the best environmental and social choice in seafood.

Pick n Pay is committed to the ASC because we believe that the ASC is the gold-standard for sustainability in aquaculture. All ASC-certified products should carry the ASC eco-label to help consumers identify sustainable products on the retailer shelves. All ASC certified products will be included on the SASSI Green list

Pick n Pay recognises that the ASC is quickly becoming the gold-standard for sustainability in aquaculture as it has the most comprehensive environmental standards for aquaculture which are being developed according to ISEAL guidelines of multi-stakeholder, open and transparent, science-based performance metrics.

It is Pick n Pay's long-term intention to procure only ASC certified aquaculture products or ones that are placed on the SASSI Green list. However, because the ASC is still expanding, it is likely that it will still take some time for the ASC to develop and certify enough aquaculture products to meet the international demands for sustainable aquaculture products. For this reason, in the absence of ASC certified products, Pick n Pay in consultation with WWF, will determine which other aquaculture eco-labels will be recognised on a case-by-case basis.

Pick n Pay Sow Friendly Pork

All fresh pork and branded processed pork sold under the PnP brand are required to come from farms where expectant sows stay in a gestation crate for a maximum of 8 weeks before being moved into group housing, which allows them to move about in pens and socialise with other mother pigs. To protect the piglets the sow is to then be placed into a farrowing crate 1 week prior to birth until the piglets are weaned. All farms will be audited by independent third party veterinarians. Abattoirs, processing facilities, distribution facilities and Pick n Pay stores that take part in the PnP sow friendly programme are audited by SAMIC (South African Meat Industry Company) and follow up audits are undertaken will be done to ensure compliance.

Pick n Pay technologists will follow up on the traceability audits when visiting facilities. Any facility or farm that fails the audit will be suspended and corrective action must follow together with a re-audit before supply can commence again.