Alimentation Couche-Tard

Alimentation Couche-Tard is a convenience store operator that serves the North American and European markets. Founded in 1980 in Quebec, today the company operates 1,900 stores in Canada alone under the Couche-Tard and Mac brands, with a total of 8,000 stores across the US and Canada and a further 4,400 Circle K stores in Scandinavia, Poland and Ireland, among others. Next to operating convenience stores, Couche-Tard also derives significant revenue from fuel sales.

Baseline assessment

Environment

Started the journey

Nutrition

Started the journey

Social inclusion

Room for improvement

Summary

Alimentation Couche-Tard publicly discloses a number of environmental and nutrition commitments but has significant room for improvement when it comes to social inclusion. The company discloses its commitment to reduce its GHG emissions, minimise water use and reduce food waste. It also discloses time-bound targets to increase sustainable packaging and improve animal welfare standards. The company does not disclose specific commitments to sustainably source its seafood and high-risk commodities, neither does it have commitments to improve soil health and minimise fertiliser and pesticide use. In terms of nutrition, the company discloses commitments to increase the relative share of healthy foods in its product portfolio, its processes for food safety and regional initiatives to promote workforce nutrition. It is yet to disclose commitments concerning nutritional labelling of food products, responsible marketing and improving accessibility and affordability of healthy foods, for instance through offers and discounts on fresh produce. In the social inclusion dimension, the company discloses time-bound targets to improve health and safety across its operations but little else. Notably, commitments were not found regarding eliminating child and forced labour in its own operations or supply chain, providing a living wage, supporting smallholder productivity or protecting land tenure rights.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
USD 14,505,400,000
Major subsidiaries
Circle K, CST Brands, Pantry, Topaz Energy Group, Ingo
Consumer brands
Couche-Tard, Circle K, Corner Store, Holiday, Mac

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

The company is also included in the following benchmarks developed by WBA and our Allies. These benchmarks help to deepen our understanding on key issues and industries.