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E-Mart is a discount store and retailer, and the oldest such company in South Korea. It is also the first hypermarket franchise in the country, operating 158 branch locations as of 2018. E-Mart consolidated its leading domestic market position by acquiring all nationwide Walmart Korea stores in 2006 and plans to expand its presence to overseas markets such as Vietnam and Mongolia. The company has an online presence, Emart Traders, as well as health and beauty stores and discount store brands.

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Measurement area Score Rank (0-350)

Governance and strategy

#1 1.7 /10 #229


#1 0.6 /30 #290


#1 1.3 /30 #225

Social inclusion

#1 0.0 /30 #300
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Segment Rank
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #195
Food retailers #55

Segment ranking summary

E-Mart ranks 195th in the food and beverage manufacturers and processors segment and 55th in the food retailer segment. The company performs poorly in both segments across all measurement areas. In the governance measurement area the company could improve by identifying and prioritising its relevant sustainability topics and undertaking stakeholder engagement activities. In the environment measurement area the company could disclose commitments or targets on topics key to its segments such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, deforestation, sustainable fishing, food waste and animal welfare. In the nutrition measurement area the company has an opportunity to disclose a commitment to increase the availability and accessibility of healthy foods. Finally in the social inclusion measurement area the company could provide support to increase in the productivity and resilience of farmers or recognise and take action to address the health and safety of vulnerable groups in its supply chain.

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Core social indicators

The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

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Seoul, South Korea
Food and agriculture revenue USD
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Publicly listed
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This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2.000 most influential companies

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