In October 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed Suma’s website and its completed questionnaire (dated February 2020) for information about its approach to environmental reporting. It provided a copy of its 2019 yearbook, which outlined some of its social and environmental initiatives, in addition to providing a link to the 'our values' section of its website.
The company linked to a webpage about its ethics, which discussed Suma's funding of tree planting to offset its delivery fleet's emissions. It also discussed cutting down on and reusing waste materials. A questionnaire received in April 2019 also stated: "We calculate our carbon footprint on an annual basis, and have planted over 87,000 trees since 2003. Our ethics coordinator is working on a statement that meets the above criteria [outlined by Ethical Consumer], however this is not in place currently." The company did not address the environmental impacts from agriculture in its supply chain, for example from agrichemical inputs and land use. Nor did it address water use in its operations.
No future quantifiable environmental targets were found.
While the company did offer many environmental alternatives and was seen to be making continued progress, its turnover was too high to qualify for an exemption under Ethical Consumer's Environmental Reporting rating.
Suma received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for Environmental Reporting and lost a full mark in this category.
www.suma.coop (20 October 2020)