1. Purpose
For the purpose of leaving a healthier and more livable environment to future generations, we place importance on keeping environmental impact under control in order for the more productive and efficient use of resources. Through our project, we carry our social sensitivity and responsibility to future generations as an environmentally friendly company.

2. Our Activities
One of the main goals of our operations is to protect environmental sustainability. Our environmental management vision includes the continuous management of environmental impacts, working towards the improvement of biodiversity, establishing cooperation with suppliers to manage impacts throughout the value chain and conducting a variety of projects and campaigns to increase public awareness.

The Migros Environmental Policy sets forth that we will move forward together with our stakeholders to develop environmental awareness, to protect the environment and keep the needs of future generations a priority in order to leave them a clean environment.

3. Management
Sustainability is the responsibility of all Migros employees. This responsibility is distributed both top down and bottom up.

The Migros Board of Directors is responsible for determining strategic approaches to sustainability issues like climate change, the environment, biodiversity, human rights, occupational health and safety, governance and business ethics, responsible work applications and public development.

The Migros General Manager is responsible for implementing the strategies that are determined by the Board of Directors. The Migros General Manager carries out this responsibility with a team of senior level administrators. All senior level administrators distribute the sustainability responsibilities to their teams through specified goals.

3.1 Sustainability Committee
Migros has formed the Migros Sustainability Committee which is a separate organ formed with the participation of administrators that represent all of the main functions of the company under the chairmanship of the Human Resources, Industrial Relations Assistant General Manager and includes representatives from senior management. The Committee works to bring to life projects to improve the integration of sustainability across Migros and to enhance the sustainability performance of Migros in order to respond to its stakeholders’ expectations The Migros Sustainability Committee monitors and analyses sustainability issues concerning risks and opportunities that may impact Migros’s assets and operational and commercial activities; determines the indicators that will be used in monitoring performance, conducts projects to realize performance goals and reports results to the General Manager and senior management. The performance that is achieved in sustainability has become part of the corporate performance evaluation system.

Our Company’s Sustainability Committee audits and monitors the efficiency of our environmental policy on a yearly basis by obtaining information from the department supervisors. Our company’s environmental policy is known and embraced by all of our employees. The supervisors of all departments that are on the Sustainability Committee make sure that employees follow the Company’s environmental policy in practice. These sub units make it easier for the policy to be conveyed, for training programs, internal audits as well as for environmental goals to be determined and performance monitored.

3.2 Stakeholder Integration
As Migros, we give all our employees, customers, suppliers and all other stakeholders the opportunity to be involved in our environmental work in order to form a value chain. With the waste collection and recycling projects we conduct at our stores we raise customer awareness and with the quality inspections we subject our supplier to, we question the environmental impacts that result from operations and require improvement from suppliers who do not meet our expectations.

3.3 Education
We convey the Migros Environmental Policy to all our employees and people under the responsibility of our organization. By training all our employees on environmental issues, we are committed to raising awareness regarding environmental responsibility amongst all our employees and to communicating with our stakeholders and sharing information as necessary.

4. Measuring Environmental Impact
We constantly monitor the environmental impacts of our operations, keep them under control and reduce them to comply with environmental laws.

4.1 Protecting Biodiversity
Migros places great importance on environmental protection work. All of our operations are in urban areas and are authorized by public authorities. We have no units operating on land and wetland areas with high biodiversity. As a result, there has been no negative impact reported from our operations on water sources, soil or natural habitats.

In 1992, Turkey signed the Convention on Biological Diversity developed by the United Nations Environment program, approved it in 1996 and began implementing it in our country in 1997.

The main issues that the Convention on Biological Diversity focuses on are;
  • Protection of biodiversity;
  • The sustainable use of biological sources;
  • The fair and equal sharing of benefits resulting from the use of genetic sources.

As a signatory of this contract, all of the legal permits issued by the government include the subject of biodiversity. As Migros we only open our stores after all of the legal permits and licenses have been obtained. In this context our stores are only allowed to be opened after all environmental assessments have been made.

4.2 Development of Projects to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
As an environmentally friendly company we strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our business activities.

In line with this policy, we focus on making improvements to our cooling gas systems, energy efficiency and the efficient use of resources. We develop projects to control and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help combat climate change.

4.3 Waste Management
We work to protect natural resources and undertake recycling. We encourage “reduction, reuse and recycling” across our business.

In line with our zero waste goal, we work to treat and dispose of all waste generated from our operations, convert it to energy so that it can be used again in our economy. We aim to reduce waste at source and make sure that natural resources are used efficiently.

4.4 Water Management
We, at Migros, work to achieve water efficiency in all of our operations as part of our environmental sensitivity to protect natural resources. We improve water usage and pay special attention to selecting materials and equipment that have less of an impact on the environment. Preventing the environmental impact of waste water generated by our activities and meeting legal obligations are among our core principles for how we work. The water used in our stores, service departments and production facilities is monitored for this purpose on a monthly basis.

5. Auditing of Suppliers
In order to improve sustainability over the life cycle of our products, we place importance on the improved performance of suppliers and therefore the protection of biodiversity.

6. Reporting
As Migros, we disclose the scope and results of our environmental management system activities to the public every year.

In order to support constant improvement, ensure periodic review and take precautionary measures we implement an environmental management system. We base this on the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard.

We have been reporting our CO2 emissions to the international organization called CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) which motivates companies to disclose their environmental impact since 2014.

With our work in sustainability, Migros was the one and only brand from the retail sector to be included in the “BİST Sustainability Index” in 2014 and also qualified for inclusion in 2015.

Migros Ticaret A.Ş. last amendment date: 28.06.2016
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