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Factsheet for measure BG-2020-43/1785 – measures in Bulgaria

Lidl Bulgaria with "COVID Shield" certificate

Lidl България със сертификат "COVID Shield"

Country Bulgaria , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 20 October 2020 – 20 October 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Company practices
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
Author Tsetomila Sabcheva and Luboslav Kostov (Citub)
Measure added 09 March 2021 (updated 01 April 2023)

Background information

Lidl is a leading company in the food retail business in Europe and the world. The chain is part of the German Schwarz-Gruppe, based in Neckarsulm, Germany. In Bulgaria, Lidl is establishing itself as a smart discounter that focuses its efforts on the most important things for consumers. Lidl Bulgaria is the first food chain in Bulgaria to receive the COVID Shield certificate - the highest level of "Excellent", from the representatives of TÜV AUSTRIA for the country.

Content of measure

The certificate ensures that the company has taken and continues to implement all necessary measures to ensure a safe environment for its employees and customers. During the crisis with COVID-19, the company reacted as quickly as possible and invested a lot of effort and resources in making its stores, logistics bases and offices a safe and secure place for all employees.

The COVID Shield certificate is a result of the purposeful actions of Lidl Bulgaria in building responsible and safe procedures for prevention against COVID-19. It shall ensure the implementation of a system of immediate and effective action on the basis of guidelines and instructions approved by the competent national and international institutions and monitoring bodies.

Use of measure

The measure is valid for all employees of Lidl Bulgaria, which are more than 3,000 people. The company is a TOP employer 2021 for Bulgaria and Europe. For the second year in a row, the company was awarded by the international organization TOP Employers Institute, which annually awards companies with proven HR practices and policies. The analysis covers 6 areas of human resource management, conducting in-depth interviews on 20 key topics, including strategy for human development, working conditions and working environment, attracting talent, training, etc.


  • Health and safety
  • Work organisation

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Company level


No involvement.

Views and reactions

No involvement.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      G - Wholesale And Retail Trade; Repair Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles G47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 23 October 2020: Lidl е първата хранителна верига у нас със сертификат COVID Shiel (


Eurofound (2021), Lidl Bulgaria with "COVID Shield" certificate, measure BG-2020-43/1785 (measures in Bulgaria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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