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The New Lidl Receipt

From 1 March 2021, Lidl Northern Ireland will gradually switch to the long lasting “blue Lidl receipt” across all stores. The innovative, blue thermal paper for the new receipt is FSC certified and comes from responsible forest management. The receipt is produced without chemical colour developers, is sunlight resistant and can be stored permanently without fading. Another advantage for customers is that the “Lidl receipt” is oil and water resistant and therefore highly durable. Importantly, it can be disposed of with wastepaper and recycled.

In the course of the receipt changeover, the packaging of the receipt rolls is optimized, because no more plastic is used to bundle the receipt rolls. These are seemingly small changes but across the wider Lidl store network, the Schwarz Group, the new packaging will save 30 tons of plastic annually.

This is part of Lidl’s continued efforts within its REset Plastic strategy, working to reduce its environmental footprint and make it easier for its customers to make environmentally conscious shopping decisions.


The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in Northern Ireland. 

As proud partners, Lidl Northern Ireland has pledged to support their mission and to fund raise £600,000 for their vital services such as the NSPCC Helpline, Childline and the Speak Out Stay Safe Schools Service.  We also support the charity through in-store awareness campaigns, aimed at raising awareness and providing information to customers and colleagues to help keep children safe across Northern Ireland.  These campaigns include spotlighting the NSPCC’s free phone Helpline at 0808 800 5000 if an adult is concerned about a child.

Everything the NSPCC do is to protect children today and prevent abuse tomorrow, to transform society for every childhood. That’s why we’re here and that’s what drives all of our work.  

Together, through our partnership, we are aiming to support their vision into the future through raising vital funds and building country wide awareness.

Valuable 500

The Valuable 500 is a global movement putting disability on the business leadership agenda. In 2021, Lidl joined this network of businesses, committing to bringing disability inclusion to the fore of our board agenda.

The purpose behind the Valuable 500 is to establish 500 national and multinational, private sector corporations to be the tipping-point for change and help unlock the social and economic value of people living with disabilities across the world. Because the potential of 1.3 billion should not be ignored.

It is important to us that all our team members are proud of what we achieve together in Lidl. The #WeAreLidl people policy has, and continues to, engage colleagues and foster a culture of inclusivity driven by our values – Respect, Recognition, Responsibility and Trust.

In joining we are committing to the following:

  • We will appoint a Board Director Sponsor to Champion our Diversity and Inclusion progress including our disability agenda.
  • We will provide inclusion training for our board and each Department Head by the end of 2021. Alongside this we will work with an external consultant to provide a train the trainer workshop for our HR team.
  • With the help of a third-party specialist, we will conduct an audit of our job application, existing policy and procedure processes to ensure that they are fully accessible.
  • We will introduce a Just A Minute (JAM) card, helping to further an accessible environment for all of our customers.
  • In 2021 we will commission external experts to identify, develop and implement strategies that address our most pressing inclusion needs, and also highlight the marketplace opportunities of a truly inclusive business in retail. Our aim is to develop on our progress in the area of diversity and inclusion by setting an inclusive business roadmap for 2022.

This continues our commitment to putting disability on the business agenda. In 2019, we rolled out Autism Aware Quiet Evenings across all of our stores offering customers a calmer shopping environment and the security knowing that additional assistance is available. In 2020, we added an accessibility tool to our A Better Tomorrow sustainability website. We rely on our partners to help develop our access programmes including Cope Foundation, the Prince’s Trust and Business in the Community. Collaboration is key to our success in this area such as with Assistance Dog’s Northern Ireland (ADNI) and Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI) putting two dogs through training with the intention of being given to families of children with Autism in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

We hope that in joining this movement that we can further make progress on our goal to build a high-performing, diverse and inclusive workforce based on respect, acceptance and trust.

Lidl Northern Ireland Extends Dedicated Food Donation Appeal to Mitigate Coronavirus Impact on Communitie

Due to unprecedented pressure on Community Groups across the country, Lidl Northern Ireland will be extending their dedicated food donation appeal to support those in need during the Coronavirus crisis. Lidl is appealing to customers who would like to purchase an extra tinned or long shelf-life product to leave it in a dedicated table in stores now until Tuesday, 14th April.

Last year alone, Lidl’s partnership with FoodCloud saw the retailer donate more than 150,000 meals to those in need. Now Lidl is building on its regular donations with another of its donation partners, FareShare, to appeal to customers who also want to support their local communities in this challenging time.

Commenting on the appeal, Conor Boyle, Regional Director, Lidl Northern Ireland said, ‘At Lidl, we want to ensure that we do everything in our power to look out for the more vulnerable members of our communities at this difficult time. It’s clear that local Community Groups are under increasing pressure due to this crisis so as such we will be extending this appeal in hopes to support them as much as possible. With the generosity of our customers and by utilising our existing infrastructure with FoodCloud and FareShare we will be able to quickly get the essential supplies to those in need.’

Lidl’s long-standing partnership with FareShare was established in 2014, and has supported local community groups since through redistributing surplus food in Northern Ireland. The donations from customers will go as deliveries to charities right across Northern Ireland who are struggling to maintain their regular volunteers that would collect from Lidl stores in the face of the Coronavirus.

Women’s Empowerment Principles

By signing the UN initiative, Lidl is setting a mark for gender equality in practice

Advocating gender equality is firmly enshrined in our company culture. To publicly underline this engagement, Lidl has signed the United Nations’ Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs).

  • We aim to further increase the proportion of female executives at middle and senior management level.
  • We work with standardised salary structures based on objective criteria such as professional experience, qualifications and skills.
  • We demand and promote policies for equal opportunities also from our partners along the value chain.
  • We champion the living wage in Ireland.

Equal opportunities for all – We’re already well on our way

Lidl Ireland is actively promoting gender equality in our own company and along the value chain. We’re convinced: Equal opportunities and diversity are core components of long-term success. Which is why we have enshrined it in our corporate principles and code of conduct.

In practice, this means:

  • Increasing the proportion of women in executive positions: Our goal is to bring more women into leadership roles at middle and senior management level. This presents the particular challenge of creating a positive life balance, both for women and men: Here, Lidl takes proactive steps to ensure that all employees are informed about organisational solutions regarding pregnancy, maternity and parental leave.
  • Equal career opportunities for all employees: Our standardised salary structures are based on objective criteria such as professional experience, qualifications and skills. In addition, we offer all employees equal access to training and development opportunities.
  • Persons of trust for all employees: Independent and impartial contact persons have been designated. Employees can approach them both about general staff issues as well as complaints relating to diversity and gender equality issues.
  • Equal opportunities in our supply chains: As part of our corporate responsibility, we also promote the principles of gender equality and equal opportunities from our supply chains: When it comes to our global partners, we expect and encourage equal opportunities and provide information about this in our extended position paper on corporate due diligence.

The United Nations’ Women’s Empowerment Principles

The WEPs were established in 2015 by UN Women and the UN Global Compact. They represent the first worldwide initiative to target the topic of promoting and strengthening the role of women in companies.

The following seven principles aim to offer guidance to companies in promoting gender equality:

  1. Establishing an equality-friendly corporate leadership culture
  2. Treating all women and men fairly at work – adhering to international human rights and non-discrimination
  3. Guaranteeing the health, well-being and safety of all employees
  4. Promoting the education, training and development of women
  5. Promoting entrepreneurship among women, strengthening women’s participation in the procurement market, respecting the dignity of women in all marketing measures
  6. Promoting gender equality through community initiatives and advocacy
  7. Measuring and reporting all progress in the area of gender equality

The principles have been derived from business practice and are aimed at supporting companies in adapting existing regulations and programmes for the promotion of women or in introducing such new and necessary regulations and programmes.

Learn more about the Women’s Empowerment Principals here.

UN Global Compact

Lidl is committed to the goals of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and adhering to ten principles of sustainability in the areas of human rights, social standards, environment and anti-corruption. Joining the UNGC underlines Lidl’s long-standing commitment to sustainability.

Learn more about the UNGC here.

The United Nations Global Compact

Our entry into the UNGC – the world’s largest and most important initiative for responsible corporate governance – is intended as a supplement and orientation framework for the many and varied activities and standards of our sustainability commitment that have already been developed and implemented. For us, responsibility and sustainability are not just promises, but the binding basis of our practical actions and the key to Lidl’s future success and growth.

The UNGC consists of ten principles for responsible corporate governance in the areas of human rights, labour standards, environment and anti-corruption. We see the ten principles of the UN initiative as supplementary guidelines for our extensive commitment to people and the environment that has grown over the years. 

The ten principles of the UNGC

  • Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
  • Businesses should make sure that they are not complicit in human right abuses.
  • Business should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
  • Business should uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
  • Business should uphold the effective abolition of child labour.
  • Business should uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
  • Business should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
  • Business should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
  • Business should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
  • Business should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

As part of the Schwarz Group we have signed the Ellen MacArthurs Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, making our commitment to global goals for the promotion of recycling in the plastics industry.

The initiative is based on five interlinked and mutually reinforcing elements of cooperation: Open dialogue and active cooperation between companies and partners; establishment of a global protocol to improve transparency and set concrete targets; the Plastics Pact to develop the collection, sorting and recycling of plastics towards a more circular economy; Innovation; outreach and stakeholder engagement.

As part of a global network, we are tackling the challenges of the New Plastics Economy together and developing new innovative strategies and solutions in cooperation with our partners. As a pioneer in the retail industry, we want to rethink the plastics and recycling industry and, with our commitment along the entire value chain, make a contribution to the conservation of resources and the environment.

Learn more here about the New Plastics Economy here.


We are part of the Action Collaboration Transformation (ACT) initiative. ACT is a joint initiative between global brands and the Global Union Federation IndustriALL. Their goal is to ensure the appropriate living wage is paid to workers in the garment, textile and footwear sector. They achieve this through national collective bargaining agreements which are supported at an industry level by the ACT member brands.

For more on our work with ACT and in protecting human rights click here.

Our approach to ACT:

In our non-food business we have taken an important step towards promoting living wages, specifically within our own-brand textile supply chain. Within this supply chain the challenge is vast; on average workers earn 42-55% of what is understood to be the living wage benchmark. To tackle this issue in a systematic and collaborative way, we became the first discount food supermarket to join the Action Collaboration Transformation Initiative (ACT). This initiative is the first global agreement between global brands, retailers and trade unions to achieve living wages for workers through collective bargaining at industry level, connected to purchasing practices. As a member of ACT we have committed to establishing and upholding industry-wide collective bargaining agreements agreed between employers, trade unions and governments, thereby contributing towards living wages. Together with other global brands and retailers, we are committed to integrating wage levels agreed through the collective bargaining process into our buying contracts, starting initially in the key sourcing countries of Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Turkey.

REset Plastic

We are proud to be part of the global REset plastic strategy. A dedicated plastic strategy designed by our retail group Schwarz, in collaboration with global partners. This holistic strategy is embedded into our local plastic targets and compromises five action areas: from avoidance and design, to recycling and removal, to innovation and education. In doing so we reduce the use of plastic and close the loop.

REduce – We reduce our plastic – wherever sustainably possible – Not only in packaging!

REdesign – We design recyclable packaging and close loops.

REcycle – We collect, sort and recycle plastic to close the loop.

REmove – We support the removal of plastic waste from our environment.

REsearch – We invest in research, the development of innovative solutions and educate on recycling.

Learn more about the Reset Plastic strategy here.

Food Waste

Lidl holds resource efficiency as a key differentiator to help continue to offer the best value to our customers. We place a great emphasis on ensuring we have the greatest available offering for our customers to enjoy in store whilst also being conscious of the perishable nature of food, striking a balance between the two.

Some categories of food are more perishable than others and through FoodCloud, we can redistribute surplus food to charity. Also keep an eye out in store for our Waste Not section in the chiller wherein chilled products at best before dates (and perfectly safe to eat) receive a huge price reduction. For the food which can’t be redistributed to charity or sold at a lower price, we use a process called Anaerobic Digestion where the food is converted into energy.

As a food retailer, Lidl has a responsibility to take leadership for minimising food losses and effective food waste measurement systems. Find out how you can reduce food waste and save money by selecting ‘Learn more’ below.


For Lidl, water is not a problem for the future, it is a core topic for now. We work within our supply chain to take responsibility when it comes to water and using it more efficiently. By reducing our own water consumption and by keeping water use in mind along the entire value creation chain, we can succeed in being aware of our water footprint.

The consideration of water use is central to our everyday operations with rainwater harvesting in place in our Head Office. One of the measures within our product offering is the introduction of the Save Water label that is intended to draw customer attention to a more sustainable use of water. Learn more below.

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