ICA Gruppen is a Swedish retailer operating across the grocery, pharmacy, real estate, banking and insurance sectors. Grocery retail is the core business of the group, generating over 80% of the revenue across approximately 1,550 stores through ICA in Sweden and Rimi Baltic in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The group sources both domestically - for products such as dairy, meat, bread, fruits and vegetables - as well as internationally from multiple countries across Africa and Asia.

Baseline assessment

Environment

Started the journey

Nutrition

Started the journey

Social inclusion

Started the journey

Summary

ICA Gruppen publicly discloses a number of commitments across the dimensions but has room for improvement in all three. The company reports on progress against its GHG emissions reduction target and requires its suppliers to adopt science-based climate targets by 2025. It has commitments to sustainably source high-risk commodities such as palm oil and soya and discloses its policy to ensure animal welfare standards. Furthermore, it has time-bound targets to reduce food and packaging waste. However, it does not disclose commitments relating to sustainable seafood sourcing, improving soil health and minimising freshwater use. As a large retailer, ICA Gruppen is well positioned to help consumers make informed decisions on the intake of nutritious foods. While it commits to food safety, nutritional labelling and responsible marketing, it is yet to disclose any commitments to issues such as improving the nutritional value of food products through reformulation, accessibility and affordability of healthy foods and protein diversification. In terms of social inclusion, the company is committed to eliminating child and forced labour in its supply chains. The company is further committed to farmer support through regional programmes aimed at improving productivity. However, it does not commit to paying a living wage, ensuring health and safety 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
SEK 101,355,000,000
(USD 10,715,929,000)
Major subsidiaries
Rimi Baltic
Consumer brands
ICA private label

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.