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Focus Future - climate neutrality

Climate change has been the greatest challenge facing mankind since the end of the ice age and is the defining task of our time. The consequences of global warming are becoming increasingly noticeable and the pressure on politics and companies is increasing. There is now worldwide agreement that we urgently need to counteract man-made climate change.

However, the success of emission reductions depends very much on the voluntary and consistent action of the economy in the industrialized countries. So we at Rila Feinkost-Importe GmbH & Co. KG are ready to take responsibility for the world that we leave to our children and grandchildren.
For this reason, we have had the greenhouse gas emissions caused by our company's activities recorded and offset them by purchasing climate protection certificates. With these certificates we support a climate protection project for the promotion of solar energy in Mauritania and a forest protection project in Peru, each certified under the sovereignty of the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

On the basis of the determined values ​​and by purchasing an appropriate amount of climate certificates, our company was made climate neutral. For the compensation of our greenhouse gases, we have received the "climate neutral company" award.

This makes our company one of the first in our industry to voluntarily offset its emissions under the Kyoto Protocol.

How was the amount of CO2 emissions calculated by our company?
For the calculation of our company's footprint, we commissioned the external sustainability consultancy Focus Future. The emissions balance was calculated using the official Greenhouse Gas Protocol guidelines.

Which quality criteria do the climate protection projects meet?
The climate protection projects we buy are each accredited, released and controlled in accordance with one of the three internationally recognized certification standards - VCS (Verified Carbon Standard), UN CER (Certified Emission Reduction of the United Nations) or the Gold Standard developed by WWF. The validation of the project results in relation to the CO2 savings achieved is certified by independent testing bodies such as the TÜV.

Why are international projects supported?
Climate change is global, so it doesn't matter where CO2 emissions are emitted or saved, in the end the total of greenhouse gases is decisive. The reduction or compensation of CO2 is very expensive in Germany, but the compensation is cheaper in emerging and developing countries. The Kyoto Protocol, which is binding under international law, stipulates that so-called climate protection projects that avoid or save greenhouse gas emissions should take place where they are most economical. Accordingly, there are many projects in emerging and developing countries, since the potential for savings through new technologies is still very high and they can be used much more cost-effectively. In addition, the conditions for renewable energy systems (sun, wind, water and biomass) are often significantly more advantageous there. The projects in emerging and developing countries also contribute to improving the economic, social and ecological situation and support the achievement of the United Nations' sustainability goals. For emerging and developing countries, emissions trading is a key driver for the transfer of clean technologies and sustainable economic development.

 

Responsible corporate action

Responsible business practices have always been a key concern for the RILA corporate group, shaping how we do business. We are convinced that economic success is closely tied to ecological and social responsibility.

RILA was a pioneer in being one of the first food retailers to provide an extensive, certified organic product assortment. As an international company, handling natural resources, responsibly and using climate-neutral production processes whenever possible is especially important to us.

Regular employee development and improving employee loyalty to ensure they stay with the company long-term are central components of the RILA corporate philosophy. As a respected training company in a variety of professions, we offer long-term career prospects not only to young professionals, but to all of our employees.

RILA always treats its suppliers and producers fairly and fair trade is a fixed part of our Corporate Responsibility (CSR) activities. These activities focus on building long-term trusting trade partnerships with local suppliers.

In addition, our social commitment is evidenced by our long-term support of various children’s aid projects in South America, “Tafel” programs in Germany and our sponsorships of various non-profit organisations.

One world, one forest, one climate!

Active climate protection is like life insurance for our planet. Rila Feinkost-Importe is a member of the World Forest Foundation (WFF) since 2014, and carry the motto “A healthy economy needs a healthy climate”. The WFF is an initiative of the Senat der Wirtschaft e.V., which works towards cost-effective climate protection through reforestation. The WFF's criteria are based on guaranteed compliance with key social and ecological standards, creating legal framework conditions, assurances along with local governments and close collaboration with local populations and the state.

The initiative’s ecological goals include reducing CO2 emissions, compensating for CO2 emissions and helping achieve a voluntary CO2 balance. It also works to restore forests to their natural state and restore forest resources and their contributions.

Social goals are also defined alongside these ecological goals. These include improving living conditions, fighting agricultural poverty, creating food security, developing and securing jobs.

With our membership we hope to be a role model for how to shape the future and actively contribute to climate protection.