The Group encourages partnerships with public interest organisations, particularly food bank networks.
In France, the Group acts to helping the most disadvantaged members of society, by encouraging its stores to support the French food bank network FFBA. The Group first partnered with the FFBA in 2009, and renewed its association for a further three years in 2016. Under this agreement, the Group undertakes to increase the number of stores involved the national food bank collection day each November.
In 2016, 10,500 tonnes of products were collected from Group banners (Casino, Monoprix group, Franprix, Leader Price, Vindémia), and 1,421 tonnes were collected from customers.
Outside France, GPA, which carries out similar initiatives in partnership with non-profit associations such as “Amigos do Bem”, organised a day-long food drive for the fourth consecutive year: The “Dia de Solidariedade.” In Argentina, since 2013, Libertad has supported the Argentine Network of Food Banks (Red Bancos de Alimentos), organising collections in stores (34 tonnes collected in 2016).
In Colombia, Grupo Éxito continued the partnership initiated several years ago with local food banks, collecting more than 1,910 tonnes of goods in 2016. It also supports a programme to recover agricultural surplus from rural areas.
In total, more than 18,800 tonnes of products, the equivalent of 37.8 million meals (5 million more than in 2015) were donated to food bank networks or other similar charities from its collection and recovery operations in 2016.