Lidl Group is involved in the topic of water management to actively initiate change. One measure is to expand the number of certified products in the assortment where water is an increased focus. Therefore, we support recognized labeling initiatives while promoting minimum standards for sustainable production practices. For example, Lidl Group is a member of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), which has the goal of pursuing socially fair, ecologically sustainable and economically beneficial water use. The AWS is the first international standard that measures water use at a location based on social, environmental and economic criteria with an independent, verifiable framework.
In December 2014, as part of the Detox Commitment initiated by Greenpeace, Lidl committed to largely eliminate the use and release of the 11 chemical groups classified by Greenpeace as "high priority" from its textile and shoe production by 2020. In accordance with the Detox Commitment, the waste water and sewage sludge in our production facilities must be tested for pollutants at least once per year in order to ensure the implementation of our chemical specifications. Although the campaign reached its conclusion, the work remains ongoing.