Delhaize Group

TEMPE, Ariz., – June 7th, 2012 – Delhaize Group today announced its membership in The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), an independent global organization that creates sustainability standards for consumer products. The Consortium is made up of 90 members including retailers, suppliers, non-profits and government agencies.

Delhaize Group joins TSC as part of the Food, Beverage and Agriculture (FBA) Sector Working Group, the first sector to form after TSC’s launch in 2009. “We are pleased to have Delhaize on board in the FBA Sector and appreciate their leadership in sustainability. Their knowledge and expertise in global supply chains across a wide array of value chains will add important benefits to the development and implementation of the dossiers, Category Sustainability Profiles, and Key Performance Indicators being developed by the FBA Sector of TSC,“ say Sarah Lewis, FBA Sector Manager.

Delhaize Group is taking continued steps toward advancing its sustainability strategy in line with its importance in the company’s ‘New Game Plan’. Despite continued global economic pressures, the Group continues to focus on sustainability, as operating a sustainable business will reinforce the other two strategic pillars of the companies plan – Growth and Efficiency. As they look to 2020, Delhaize Group has the ambition and determination to become a leader in the grocery retail industry for doing well for products, people and planet. Delhaize Group is especially excited about The Sustainability Consortium’s ability to leverage collective knowledge across the retail and consumer good sector and by gathering academic, stakeholder and business input to the sustainability of products.

About Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in eleven countries on three continents. At the end of the first quarter of 2012, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3,309 stores. In 2011, Delhaize Group posted EUR 21.1 billion (USD 29.4 billion) in revenues and EUR 475 million (USD 661 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2011, Delhaize Group employed approximately 160,000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

About The Sustainability Consortium
The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) is an independent organization of diverse global participants that work collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability. TSC develops transparent methodologies, tools, and strategies to drive a new generation of products and supply networks that address environmental, social, and economic imperatives. The Sustainability Consortium advocates for a credible, scalable, and transparent process and system. The organization boasts over 90 members from all corners of business, employing over 57 million people and whose combined revenues total over $1.5 Trillion. The Sustainability Consortium is jointly administered by Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas, with additional operations in the Netherlands and Santiago, Chile. Learn more at

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