The company said it will focus on promoting reusable, sustainable alternatives that drive long-term behavioural change among its customers, suppliers and partners. The pledge comes as part of the company’s efforts to minimise its footprint on the environment, in line with its sustainability strategy.
Starting one country at a time, the company will phase out single use plastic from its operations which includes 26 malls, 13 hotels, 46 VOX Cinemas and more than 285 Carrefour stores across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In 2018, Majid Al Futtaim’s shopping malls welcomed 192 million visitors and it is estimated that if each one of those visitors took home just two Carrefour plastic bags, that would total more than two million kilogrammes of plastic waste. As part of their pledge, the company said Carrefour stores will take 500 million plastic grocery bags out of circulation each year.
Speaking at the launch of the pledge, Hani Weiss, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim – Retail, said, “No one country, company or individual alone can solve the crippling impact that plastic is having on our world. At Majid Al Futtaim, we are committed to playing our part in positively impacting the environment, while trying to influence others to make similar commitments.” The scope of the policy does not include any onshelf products typically sold at the company’s premises, such as garbage bags, detergent bottles, and cleaning products, the company clarified.
Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Majid Al Futtaim – Holding, said, “For business to be sustainable, it must be in harmony with the planet. I believe we need to continue to push the sustainability agenda at a faster pace, and our customers are very much a part of that. We listen to them, and we want to make it easy for them to make smart choices to live a sustainable life – and hopefully to support brands that are making a real difference in the war on plastic.”