SINGAPORE, 21 APRIL 2015 – NTUC FairPrice (FairPrice), today, announced that over 9 million plastic bags were saved and more than $450,000 in rebates were given out through the FairPrice Green Rewards Scheme last year. To commemorate Earth Day, FairPrice will join individuals and organisations around the world to pledge its commitment to protect the planet and secure a sustainable future, and urges its partners and customers to be eco-friendly.
Mr Koh Kok Sin, Chairperson of the FairPrice Green Committee, said, “Securing a sustainable future for our Earth is the responsibility of everyone in this generation. We continue to upgrade and make our stores as eco-friendly as possible, find ways to raise environmental consciousness among shoppers, and encourage them to Think Green and Shop Green. We are encouraged that our customers recognise the call to care for the Earth, and share our commitment to save plastic bags and take on other sustainable initiatives. We will continue to work together with our stakeholders to build a green and eco-friendly Singapore.”
FairPrice first launched the FairPrice Green Rewards Scheme in 2007 to urge shoppers to use less plastic bags. Since then, FairPrice has given out more than $2.3 million in rebates which has resulted in an estimated 46.5 million plastic bags saved. In the same period, FairPrice has seen an increase in plastic bags saved at its stores by about 10 percent year-on-year; and recorded the highest number of plastic bags saved last year.
Apart from encouraging customers to save plastic bags, FairPrice also supported Earth Hour this year by switching off all non-essential lights at its stores, offices and warehouses, in addition to donating $12,500 to WWF. This is the seventh year that FairPrice has supported WWF’s global Earth Hour initiative to educate the community on the importance saving the Earth’s resources and protecting the environment.
Committed to sustainable efforts
As one of the largest retailers in Singapore, NTUC FairPrice understands the importance of upholding its environmental responsibility and reducing energy consumption. Part of its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) pillars include adopting and championing various efforts to promote a sustainable environment.
To conserve energy and to reduce its carbon footprint, FairPrice continues to install eco-friendly features in its stores, as well as switching to energy-saving equipment and lighting in the existing stores. Currently, 60 stores have already been installed with these green features. Several FairPrice stores have been awarded with BCA Green Mark awards, including FairPrice Finest@ZhongShan Park and FairPrice Xtra@Kallang Wave Mall that have both been awarded with the BCA Green Mark (Platinum) awards. FairPrice’s headquarters located in Benoi, FairPrice Hub, also received the BCA Green Mark (Platinum) award for incorporating extensive green architecture features which promote sustainability and conservation of resources.
More details on FairPrice’s Corporate Social Responsibility Framework can be found at www.csr.fairprice.com.sg.