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Sainsbury's is a retailer with activities in food, general merchandise, clothing and financial services. Established in 1869, it operates over 600 supermarkets and 800 convenience stores across the United Kingdom and Ireland. In addition, Sainsbury's has an online home delivery service, which receives nearly 250,000 orders every week. As one of the largest food retailers in the United Kingdom, the company sources fresh food, groceries, general merchandise and clothing from suppliers across 70 countries, which are then transported from its 33 distribution centres to stores and online customers. In addition to selling branded products, Sainsbury's sells over 12,000 products under its own private label.

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Governance and strategy

#1 2.5 /10 #191


#1 15.0 /30 #15


#1 15.0 /30 #7

Social inclusion

#1 12.1 /30 #38
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Segment Rank
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #14
Food retailers #3

Segment ranking summary

Sainsbury’s ranks third amongst food retailers and 14th in the food and beverage manufacturers/processors segment, demonstrating a strong performance relative to its peers. The company is a leader in nutrition, where it ranks first among food retailers and in the top ten among food and beverage processors, with strong disclosure across most indicators. Moreover, Sainsbury’s performs well in environment, being one of the few companies to disclose on every topic and therefore ranking highly (top five among retailers and top 15 among manufacturers/processors) in both segments. Going forward, Sainsbury’s could improve its disclosure in social inclusion, where despite ranking in the top 10 among food retailers, the company performs in the upper middle grouping amongst food and beverage manufacturers/processors. This could include providing greater disclosure on tackling child and forced labour as well as time bound targets for paying a living wage in its supply chain, topics its higher ranking peers have already begun to address.

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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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