Examples of “Green” Retailing

Prevention of rapid consumption of natural resources and waste management strategies that aim to transform generated wastes into inputs for economy and removing them from being a threat to environmental and human health, forms the basis for sustainable development approach adopted increasingly as a priority policy objective all over the world. Migros strives to ensure the formation of an operational structure that is environmentally friendly and reliable throughout the entire value chain from procurement to after sales services. In line with this objective, the Company develops an environmental management system, places importance on biodiversity and undertakes activities aimed at tackling climate change. With its pioneering vision, Migros aims to achieve operational excellence, increase social awareness and participation when it comes to environmental protection. Migros obtained the TSE EN ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Certificate.

Migros carries out activities to achieve water efficiency in all operations to protect the country’s natural resources, to prevent the environmental impacts caused by waste water produced from its operations and to execute its legal duties, as the Company’s working principles. For this objective, the volume of water consumed in the stores, service sections and production facilities are monitored and reported monthly.

Within the scope of environmental sustainability, Migros included the reduction of food loss and waste into its strategies. On 20 March 2015, work to comply with the FLW (Food Loss & Waste) standard published by the CGF (Consumer Goods Forum) was initiated. The amount of food loss and waste categorized according to the standard were calculated and analysis was started in order to manage the results.

Even though the Turkish retail sector is not currently obliged to release greenhouse emission reports, Migros calculates greenhouse emissions generated in all stores, distribution centers, fresh produce warehouses, goods vehicles, regional units and the MİGET meat processing plant voluntarily. Migros aims to reduce its greenhouse emissions resulting from its operations compared with previous years by calculating greenhouse emissions every year.

Caring for Biodiversity
Migros planted 540,650saplings in forest nurseries over eight years to replace trees that have been burned and destroyed in the Aegean region through Aegean Forest Foundation in Dikili, Torbalı, Şirince, Çeşme, Seferihisar and Urla namely Customer Forest, Personnel Grove, Partners Forest. For Customer Forests, olives grown by Aegean Forest Foundation were put onto shelves in Migros and the revenues obtained from them are used for creating new forest areas. The forested areas, that allow the survival of many different species, demonstrate the importance that Migros attaches to biodiversity. In 2015, Migros began to monitor its suppliers’ usage of certified soy and palm oil regarding deforestation. The objective of this monitoring is to create awareness among suppliers when it comes to sustainable farming practices.

Migros encourages its customers to use mobile cards instead of plastic cards to reduce the environmental impacts even further. Usage of the Mobile Money Club Card increased from 25% in 2015 to 41% in 2016.

As the first retailer in the sector to pioneer the practice of environmentally friendly bags, Migros achieved a remarkable success in reducing the consumption of plastic bags.

Our Environment, Our Coast
Migros took part in an important social responsibility project for World Environmental Day to raise awareness of environmental cleanliness, where Migros staged a clean-up of the Caddebostan seaside, on the Asian side of Istanbul and also a clean-up of the Bakırköy seaside on the European side, with the voluntary participation of its employees. Migros employees, who set out with the motto of “Our Environment, Our Coast” in the event organized for the second time in 2015, encouraged everyone to be sensitive about environment by collecting rubbish along the seaside.

In 2016 this volunteer program was taken south to Turkey’s Aegean region where Migros employees picked up trash from beaches in Yeni Foça, Edremit-Altınoluk, Fethiye- Çalış, and Bodrum-Turgutreis. Graduates from the Stage Design Department of the Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Fine Arts joined in the effort to promote environmental awareness by fashioning sculptures of starfish and sea tortoises from the litter that was collected. These sculptures were subsequently displayed at Migros stores in the same localities.

Green Store: Maya Migros Store –Bodrum
  One of the prominent examples of sustainable green retail work is the Bodrum Maya Migros store. The store, which was designed to be fully environmentally friendly, was the first store in the Turkish retail sector to be granted the LEED GOLD certificate. This project fulfilled the requirements of green retail, achieving sustainability of energy and natural resources.

More recently, Migros’s Alaçatı Macrocenter store in İzmir qualified for LEED GOLD certification in the “Operations & Maintenance” category.

Packaging is all products made of any type of material that are used to transport a product to the consumer or user, for the reasons of storing, moving, protecting, maintaining, presenting for sale, promoting and advertising easier. All packagings make use of wood, glass, paper, cardboard, metal, plastic and composite materials and is called packaging waste after it has completed its economic cycle.

In addition to the visual pollution that packaging wastes cause in the environment, wastes that are not biodegradable are dragged into the wind and rivers causing a serious threat for sea animals. Foam wastes pose a serious threat to living organisms that bite or swallow these wastes and the other living organisms that feed on them.

There are waste locations at all Migros Ticaret A.Ş. stores where packaging wastes can be collected. Also environmental recycling kiosks are located in some certain stores. Environmentally conscious customers can bring in their paper, metal, glass, plastic, batteries and empty packages to these “Recycling Kiosks” and contribute to preserving the environment.

You may access the list of stores with Recycling Kiosks by clicking on the following link;

Environmental Recycling Store Locations

    In collaboration with the Environmental Protection and Packaging Waste Recovery and Recycling Trust (ÇEVKO) the packaging materials used for Migros’s private-label products are also collected and recycled.

In 2011 Migros joined forces with Boğaziçi University to create an integrated waste management system whose ultimate aim is to reduce waste to zero.

Under the “Restore Us To Life” project that was initiated at the company’s headquarters, discarded packaging, paper, and glass as well as organic waste are sorted/segregated at source for recycling. In 2016 the scope of this project was expanded to include Migros’s regional divisions as well.

As a result of all of these efforts on Migros’s part, 12,038 tons of waste wood, paper, metal, plastic, and glass were recovered and recycled in 2016. It is calculated that this corresponds to saving 70,608 trees from being harvested or to having conserved the electricity that would be used by 16,250 families in one year.


Carelessly-discarded waste cooking oil can cause irreparable damage to water resources by polluting them. Pouring 1 liter of oil waste in the sink makes 1 million liters of drinking water unusable. This endangers wild life living in the surface waters and the oil waste that is dumped in sinks accumulates narrowing pipe sections and causes clogging in sewage systems.

Migros Ticaret A. Ş. has brought a systematic approach to these problems by placing vegetable oil waste collection containers in its stores to collect the used oil waste of its customers. The collected vegetable oil waste is then recycled by the licensed disposal facilities at an optimum level with biodiesel production.

The number of Migros stores in which oil-collection bins are installed increased from 300 in 2015 to 805 in 2016. Last year a total of 24 tons of used cooking oil was collected and turned over to licensed firms. The proceeds from the collection and recycling of waste oil are donated to the Clean Sea Foundation / TURMEPA in support of its activities.

You may access the list of store locations that provide used oil collection bins by clicking on the following link;

Vegetable Oil Waste Store Locations

Batteries contaminate the soil when thrown out with trash, thrown in seas, rivers and sewage systems or when set on fire and cause chemical substances to spread and pollute the environment.

Migros Ticaret A.Ş., in cooperation with the TAP organization, has placed waste battery boxes in its stores to collect used batteries. The waste batteries that are collected with these boxes are transported to the TAP organization on a regular basis. During 2016, a total of 2 tons of discarded batteries were collected and disposed of in this way.

You may access the list of store locations that provide waste battery collection boxes by clicking on the following link;

Stores that Collect Waste Batteries

“ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC WASTE” are wastes that are generated when users complete the useful period/life of electrical and electronic devices.

Electronic wastes that are not sent for recycling are a threat to human health and cause permanent irreparable damage to the environment. Also the cost of electronic devices that are not recycled to the economy is significant.

Migros Ticaret A.Ş. collects the electrical and electronic devices brought in by customers to certain stores and after transferring them to the concerned distribution centers on a regular basis, sends them to recycling facilities licensed by the Ministry of the Environment to support optimum level recycling.

The electrical and electronic products with the symbols used to mark electrical and electronic products below can be recycled.
You may access the list of stores that collect electrical and electronic device wastes from the link below;

Stores that Collect Electrical-Electronic Waste

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