In this issue  

  • NBBN Partner Profile: Pick n Pay
  • Cape Town Biodiversity & Business Indaba
  • Job Listings

·       International events, publications and news


Other News

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Welcome to the March 2017 issue of the National Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN) newsletter

To distribute any biodiversity and business relevant information to the network in the next newsletter, please forward the information to Shelley Lizzio ( by the 21st April 2017.


NBBN Partner Profile




“For almost five decades, Pick n Pay has played an important role in the economic and social development of Southern Africa. We are proud to continue to build and grow this legacy, and will continue to lead on progressive social action and embedding sustainability within our business.””

 Gareth Ackerman, Chairman

Pick n Pay

The Pick n Pay Group is a food, grocery and general merchandise retailer selling a wide range of products under the Pick n Pay and Boxer brands. It has stores in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zambia. Additionally, Pick n Pay owns a 49% share of a Zimbabwean supermarket business, TM Supermarkets. The Group employs 52 900 people in owned stores and across distribution centres, support facilities and regional or head offices. Pick n Pay operates on both an owned and franchise basis and has 1 410 stores across all formats.

Pick n Pay’s stores range from large hypermarkets, where customers can buy everything under one roof, through to small convenience stores where customers can shop quickly for their immediate needs. Additionally, it operates the largest online grocery business in Africa, giving customers the opportunity to shop from their homes and have their order delivered to their door in one-hour time slots.

Raymond Ackerman purchased the first four stores in Cape Town in 1967 and it is his principle of “doing good is good business” that has remained central to the Group’s success and progress over the past 50 years.

Pick n Pay will always adapt and remain relevant to the changing needs of its customers, the communities which it serves and the environment upon which it depends. For almost five decades Pick n Pay has played a valuable role in the economic and social development of southern Africa. It makes a positive direct contribution to the communities it serves through the supply of high-quality, affordable food, and provides significant employment and economic opportunities across its value chain. It adds to this through its comprehensive sustainability strategy and its work on environmental responsibility, employee opportunity and diversity, promoting healthy living and doing good in the local community. It has a strong brand, valued within society, built on a genuine desire to make life better for its customers and to make a positive contribution to the communities in which it operates.

Sustainability in retail

Pick n Pay’s sustainable living strategy builds on decades of learning. It seeks to focus the company’s energy and investment on addressing some of the key sustainability challenges facing South Africa. It aligns its work with many of the inspiring initiatives already led by its suppliers, non-governmental organisations, civil society, government, and other stakeholders.

Pick n Pay’s process of identifying and reviewing its material sustainability issues involves an internal risk management process and considers the interests and concerns of its stakeholders. It views its sustainable living strategy as inextricably linked to its business strategy, shaping its thinking and actions in two broad areas:

1.    Ensuring that Pick n Pay becomes a more resilient business in the face of increasing environmental and related pressures both in the short term (e.g. fuel and electricity price increases) and in the longer term (e.g. food and water security linked to climate change).

2.    Seeking to add more value to society by helping its customers, suppliers and other stakeholders meet sustainability challenges and opportunities.

Sustainability focus areas

Pick n Pay’s five focus areas serve as the categories through which its Sustainable Living Strategy is implemented. The focus areas reflect the significant economic, environmental and social impacts that it faces. The focus areas cover the following:

1.    Promoting healthy living

2.    Supporting local and ethical suppliers

3.    Being environmentally responsible

4.    Employee opportunity and diversity

5.    Doing good in the local community

Some of its major projects that it is currently involved in include the War on Waste campaign and the Sustainable Seafood project. The war on waste commitment is aimed at addressing waste in all its forms and it includes the commitment to meet the following targets by 2020:

·         Reduce energy use per square meter by 20%, adding up to a 50% reduction since 2008

·         Create 20 new jobs in South Africa every working day adding up to 5000 new jobs per year

·         Reduce food waste to landfill by 20% by 2020

In terms of its sustainable seafood commitment, Pick n Pay is striving to ensure  that all the seafood it sells comes from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture operations. It has invested more than R15m in the WWF Sustainable Fisheries Programme since 2010 and 83% of its products by sales meet their seafood sustainability targets, based only on species assessed by WWF South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (WFF-SASSI).

Furthermore, the Ackerman Pick n Pay foundation supported 25 agricultural projects during 2016 in KZN. The project has 72 hectares under irrigation, 478 direct beneficiaries and 2 390 indirect beneficiaries. These agricultural projects are part of their Water Management programme, which supports small agricultural projects with drip irrigation, water tanks, boreholes and water conservation training. There are 267 projects included in their programme.

Partner of the National Biodiversity and Business Network

In May 2013 Pick n Pay, together with the Department of Environmental Affairs and five other corporates, partnered with the Endangered Wildlife Trust to launch the National Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN) the aim of which is to further the mainstreaming of biodiversity considerations into South African business. The NBBN would like to acknowledge Pick n Pay’s significant contribution to the ongoing success of the Network and anticipates many more years of collaboration going forward.






Theme: Partnerships & collaborations – moving forward together

5 & 6 April 2017

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 International events, publications and news

Environment highlighted in World Economic Forum Global Risks Report. Failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation and water crisis are just a few of the environmental issues noted in the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2017. The report was released prior to the WEF Annual Meeting in January. For a copy of the report click here.

Natural Capital Protocol now in Japanese, introduction in Arabic coming soon. In February, the Natural Capital Coalition unveiled a Japanese version of the Natural Capital Protocol at meetings hosted by Conservation International and KPMG in Tokyo. To read more about the Protocol click here.   

IPBES-5 Plenary opens. The fifth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-5) opened with a keynote address on the opportunities and risks of ecosystem-based mitigation strategies. In his presentation, Dr. Guy Midgley (South Africa) emphasized that because of these risks, decision-makers require the "best available science when setting policy and allocating resources." To read more click here.


Reports Highlight Linkages between Biodiversity and 2030 Agenda Implementation. A series of recently released publications draws attention to the contribution of biodiversity to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda), further highlighting the potential of national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and synergies among biodiversity-related conventions to enhance implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Aichi Targets. To read more click here.

Launch of a Biodiversity e-Learning Platform. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity has launched a Biodiversity e-Learning Platform, accessible at The platform provides a one-stop-access to e-learning modules and courses on topics related to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing. Participants will be able to download certificates for each module they complete. For more information please contact the Secretariat at

Recent updates to the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) Research and Conservation portal offer new functions to support biodiversity planning, monitoring and reporting. Tools and analysis for spatial biodiversity data and mapping have become increasingly accessible, and can greatly increase the effectiveness of policy development and implementation related to issues such as infrastructural development, wider land-use planning, climate change adaptation, and biodiversity conservation. Click here.



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