Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
We used the GRI Standard Disclosures andReporting Principles (version 3) as a reerencein determining relevant content and metricsor this Report. GRI sets out a standardizedramework o principles and indicators thatorganizations can use to measure and reporttheir economic, environmental and social per-ormance. More inormation can be ound onwww.globalreporting.org. We have includeda GRI cross-reerence table on p64 to helpreaders fnd GRI-related content and data.
Delhaize Group’s management is responsibleor the preparation and integrity o the inor-mation o this Report. We believe this Reportairly represents our CR perormance during2008.Business or Social Responsibility (BSR) pro-vided an independent review o the Report onp61.More inormation on the methodology usedor this Report can be ound in the appendix“Data and defnitions” on p62.
CR Related Inormation
Additional CR related inormation is availableon our Group CR website section:www.delhaizegroup.com with links to therespective operating companies’ CR web-sites.
This is Delhaize Group’s second CorporateResponsibility (CR) Report. Since 2007 wecommitted to report yearly on our CR activitiesseparately rom our Annual Report.
All inormation in the Report reers to our per-ormance and activities during the calendaryear o 2008, unless otherwise stated.
This Report covers the CR perormance or theGroup, including its individual operating com-panies. All inormation in the Report reers toDelhaize Group as a whole, unless otherwisestated.For more inormation on the quantitative datascope and consolidation levels, please reer tothe appendix “Data and defnitions” on p62.
We reer to our Annual Report as the appro-priate reporting document or our fnancialperormance. In this Report, the dollar sign ($)reers to U.S. dollars.
Report Structureand Materiality
The CR Report is structured around the threethemes: “Products”, “People” and “Planet”.As an international retail company, we dealwith an extensive and evolving set o issues.In this Report, we cover only those issues thatwe believe are most material to our businessand our stakeholder community. Within thethree themes o the Report, we ocus on theollowing priorities: ood saety, health andwellness, associate development, energyconservation and responsible sourcing. Weplan to continue monitoring existing andemerging issues and engage in dialogues onthese issues with our stakeholders around theworld.
To help us improeand eole our CRstrategy and reporting,we plan to conductcomprehensieand constructiediscussions with ourstakeholders. In themeantime, if youhae any feedbackor questions on thisReport, please contactus at