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Achieving sustainability in a competitive environment – Bundeskartellamt concludes examination of sector initiatives

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With the examination of two sustainability cooperations concerning living wages in the banana sector as well as the expansion of an animal welfare initiative, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) provided further guidance for the implementation of sustainability initiatives in the food retail industry. In its press release, the FCO informs that it is open to examine sustainability initiatives as part of the authority’s offer to provide companies guidance “on how to ensure that sustainability strategies are embedded in competition law”.

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