German retail giant invested almost €1.2 million in county Wicklow economy last year – report
Almost €1.2 million has been invested in local suppliers and external partners in county Wicklow by Lidl Ireland in 2019.
These figures are revealed in Lidl’s 2019 Impact report, detailing the positive economic and social impact the company has made within the communities it serves throughout Ireland.
The report shows 77 people are employed directly in Lidl’s four stores in county Wicklow.
This year marks Lidl’s 20th anniversary of its establishment in Ireland. In that time, the retailer has opened 163 stores across the country and forged strong partnerships with a network of over 250 Irish suppliers, sourcing €1 billion worth of produce across the island of Ireland.
And it is not just the supply chain Lidl has helped, it has also worked diligently to reduce food waste and carbon emissions.
Last year Lidl in Wicklow diverted 1,173kgs of food from landfill and saving 3,754 units of CO2 as part of its FoodCloud programme, providing local charities with donated meals and in-kind donations and works to reduce food waste.
In 2019 the national partnership diverted 230,699 kgs of food from being sent to landfill and saving 738,237 units of CO2.
In 2019, Lidl entered into the fourth year of partnership with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA).
In Wicklow, four LGFA clubs benefitted from new jerseys and sports equipment through the partnership. Many more clubs look set to benefit from Lidl’s support in 2020 through the recently launched One Good Club™ programme, a youth mental health and wellbeing programme for LGFA clubs across the country.
Donations to Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health peaked in 2019, with Wicklow raising €6,803 for the charity through a range of local and national initiatives fundraisers including Superhero Saturday, Lidl’s Got Talent, Jump for Jigsaw and The Bakery and national initiatives such as One Good School™ and One Good Club™.
Commenting on the launch of the 2019 Impact report, Managing Director of Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland, J.P. Scally said:
“I’m delighted and incredibly proud of the significant and positive contribution Lidl has made to our customers, the communities that we serve and our environment in 2019. It echoes our overall commitment to make lives better, something which we as a retailer have been striving to do since we arrived in Ireland in 2000, while still offering customers the best prices in the market.”