Manufacturers and retailers have supported the idea of food sharing, according to which retail chains can be allowed to transfer expiring products to those in need, Delovoy Peterburg newspaper writes on November 22.
Social NGOs came up with a corresponding initiative, and last week it became known that the United Russia party had developed a bill on food sharing. The document has already received approval from some parliamentary parties and may be submitted to the State Duma by the end of the year.
Currently, when transferring products to those in need, businesses are forced to pay VAT up to 40% of the value of the goods. In accordance with the initiative, if a business follows the path of charity rather than disposal, it will be provided with tax breaks in the total amount of no more than a percent of the company’s turnover.
The project was supported by public figures, political parties and business representatives: the Azbuka Vkusa supermarket chain, Magnit stores, the Opora Rossii public association and others.
In an interview with DP, the VkusVill chain and Metro hypermarkets also expressed support for the initiative.
The press service of the Valio dairy company stressed that food sharing is an important area for both social responsibility and sustainable business development.
“All manufacturers from time to time have the remains of quality products that could be donated to charitable organizations. Therefore, the initiative seems to us good: it will reduce the number of situations when it is cheaper for a business to send quality products for recycling than to hand over to those in need, ”the newspaper quoted Valio as commenting.
Read more in the exclusive material from Delovoy Petersburg: “Manufacturers and Retailers Supported Food Sharing Law.”
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