SOURCE: Delhaize Group

October 29, 2009 10:54 ET

Delhaize Group Wins the Prize for the Best Report on Sustainable Development

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - October 29, 2009) -

BRUSSELS, Belgium, October 29, 2009 - For many years, the « Institut Belge des Réviseurs d'Entreprise » (The Belgian Institute of Company Auditors) has been promoting the reporting and transparency of corporate responsibility in companies. Today, it has awarded its annual price for the best report on sustainable development. This year, Delhaize Group, the Belgian international food retailer (Euronext Brussels: DELB - NYSE: DEG), wins the prize for its "Corporate Responsibility Report 2008".

The history of corporate responsibility at Delhaize started more than 100 years ago to eventually become one of the three key pillars of its strategy. Since 2007, Delhaize Group also publishes an annual report dedicated to corporate responsibility.

Pierre-Olivier Beckers, President and Chief Executive Officer Delhaize Group said: "Throughout their history, our different operating companies have spontaneously developed a large number of initiatives related to corporate responsibility. This demonstrates that corporate responsibility is a part of our company's culture. Delhaize Belgium being in the top 10 of green energy consumers in Europe and the first in Belgium, or being pioneers in the United States by launching the nutritional information program called "Guiding Stars", are some of the examples. The corporate responsibility strategy recently developed at the Group level in a coherent way enables us to share our collective expertise and concentrate our energy on well chosen and measurable objectives. We are happy that the report which communicates our results has caught the attention of the jury."

Sustainable development is present in many different areas particularly in the food retail sector. Delhaize Group has chosen three key pillars to focus on; Products: healthier products, People: healthier people and Planet: a healthier planet, in the spirit of the title of the report: "a healthy approach to life". The report particularly focuses on the five areas selected by Delhaize Group as a basis of its corporate responsibility strategy. These five areas are: food safety, health and wellness, associate development, energy conservation, responsible sourcing. The report has been used as support for internal and external communication in order to raise the awareness of our associates and our customers. It provides concrete examples and numerical results making it possible to evaluate the progress that has been made so far. Delhaize Group is conscious of the fact that there are still many more challenges, and the prize the Group receives today is a great encouragement to continue its efforts.

The « Corporate Responsibility Report 2008 » can be downloaded from the site

» Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in six countries on three continents. As of June 30, 2009, Delhaize Group's sales network consisted of 2 684 stores. In 2008, Delhaize Group posted EUR 19 billion (USD 28 billion) in revenues and EUR 467 million (USD 687 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2008, Delhaize Group employed approximately 141 000 people. Delhaize Group's stock is listed on Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

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