In December 2019 Ethical Consumer searched the ASDA website for an environmental report and viewed a number of pages under the title of "ASDA and the Environment".
As the pages linked to reports dated in 2017 and 2018 the information was considered to have been updated within the last two years.
The pages discussed sourcing, biodiversity, water, soil, food waste, packaging and energy use. It also published data on its carbon footprint. Ethical Consumer would expect to see a discussion of agricultural inputs such as pesticides and herbicides. ASDA was not considered to have demonstrated a reasonable understanding of its main impacts.
The company had a number of 'long-term goals' including:
100% recyclable packaging by 2025
90% of our operational waste recycled or sent for anaerobic digestion
Our key commodities to be deforestation free by the end of 2020
50% reduction in food waste by 2030
None of these had baselines.
A page on the Asda Supplier website 'Our Sustainability Commitments' provided further targets:
- 30% energy intensity reduction by 2025, vs 2010 baseline
- 30% reduction in water use by 2020, vs 2015 baseline.
The information did not appear to have been independently verified.
Overall, ASDA received Ethical Consumer's middle rating for Environmental Reporting and lost half a mark in this category.
asda.com (2 December 2019)