Raw materials from sustainable sources
At the end of 2018, 66.4% of all textile products in Cooperative Retailing carried the Eco label or met international standards with equivalent requirements. Migros was thus able to increase the proportion of certified textiles by 0.2% in comparison with the previous year. For clothing, the proportion stood at 78.9%.
Socially and environmentally sustainable production of textiles is important to Migros. It is therefore expanding its range of certified products continuously. Since 2017, Migros has acknowledged the international textile standards GOTS, bluesign and Oeko-Tex Made in Green as equivalent to its own environmental guidelines.
Operational environmental protection at suppliers
As part of a pilot project, Migros assessed the entire value-added chain of four important suppliers of tissue paper in relation to the status of relevant environmental issues. Tissue paper is used primarily in the production of toilet paper and kitchen roll, paper serviettes and tissues.
The acquired data forms the basis for defining Migros' future commitment to reducing environmental impact in the manufacture of its products. There are plans to apply the systematic approach to other raw materials, such as plastic and metal, in the future.
Sustainable investment funds
Migros Bank offers a wide range of sustainable investment funds. In 2018, their volume rose by 9.4% to CHF 327 million. The funds invest in companies that set an example in terms of ecological and social responsibility and corporate management, and which are also financially attractive. To measure the level of sustainability and select investments, Migros Bank works with MSCI ESG Research, a leading provider of sustainability analysis.
At the end of 2018, Hotelplan Suisse offered over 290 hotels certified by the organisation Travelife. The sustainable label Travelife checks and evaluates the environmental and social standards of hotels around the world based on more than 150 identical criteria.
Hotelplan Suisse also stepped up its partnership with the Swiss NGO OceanCare in the reporting year, with the aim of making travellers more aware of dolphin conservation concerns. Since 2018, Hotelplan Suisse has no longer offered activities with dolphins.