I am pleased to welcome you to the latest RETAL 2022 Sustainability Report which I hope you willfind both interesting and informative.
As we reflected on the aftermath of the pandemic, 2022 was yet another very disruptive year highlighting, once again, the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility management for RETAL as a business and as an employer. This is made obvious by the constantly growing interest of our stakeholders in our environmental and social action.
The challenges we faced in 2022 reinforced our commitment to CSR management, to make RETAL more resilient, cementing our reputation as a trusted and sustainable partner. Despite this tense situation, I am glad to see the unfaltering support of the RETAL’s Board of Directors as I continue to implement the company’s sustainability strategy, which I set in 2018 when I joined RETAL.
With additional resources and expertise allocated to sustainability management, I continue to take action to mitigate our environmental and social impacts, to progress towards our goals and further expand our scope of action. For example, Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) management, a highly material CSR topic, will be integrated into the Sustainability department in 2023.
Also, I strongly feel that RETAL has reached major environmental milestones in 2022 by setting science-based target for GHG reduction and performing a risk analysis on climate related issues according to the TCFD guidelines. This completes the integration of climate change, our main environmental impact, in our business and position us as a leading organisation in this field.
But beyond the mainstream climate change topic,RETAL’s Board of Directors and I are appreciative thatour people are at the heart of our business and crucialto our long-term sustainability. In 2022, alongsideour HR team, we took steps to enhance our workingenvironment, by engaging with, protecting anddeveloping our professionals, to ensure they remainour driving force. Asdemonstrated by the strategicdecision taken in 2022 to integrate OccupationalHealth and Safety (OHS) into CSR management,our workforce will be a strong focus area of oursustainability action in the years to come.
RETAL’s holistic approach to sustainability, completed by our sustainable procurement programme running since 2019 and our work to formalize our business ethics, delivers positive results that we can be proud of. In 2022, for the fifth year in a row, we increased our EcoVadis rating and obtained our fourth CDP B score.
These achievements show that RETAL is on the right track, driving us to support each other to work even closer in finding sustainable solutions to meet your expectations.