Kroger Highlights Sustainability in Reprioritized Annual Report

Kroger Highlights Sustainability in Reprioritized Annual Report

Kroger, a major grocer in the United States, has outlined new stakeholder priorities and operational improvements it has made in its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) report ( Learn more2020. 
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Reductions in Waste 
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One of the key things the firm highlighted was the reduction in retail food waste. In 2019, the company reduced retail food waste by 4%, and improved food waste diversion from landfills by 5%. 
In 2017, the company introduced its very own Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative. Since then, the firm has reduced total retail food waste generated by 13% through strategic ordering best practices, and by using item markdown programs and innovative supply chain initiatives ( Learn more ).
Since 2017, the company has improved food waste diversion from landfills by 18%. Their secret: increased recycling through anaerobic digestion, composting programs, and turning waste into animal feed. Their overall goal is to achieve zero food waste by 2025. 
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Chairman Shares Company Vision 
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Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO, says the annual ESG report underpins the company’s vision “to serve the US through food inspiration and uplift. We are committed to continuing to integrate ESG metrics into our business strategy, driving shared value for our associates, customers, communities, and company.”
McMullen added that the company looks forward to the future and is “proud to announce the first of several new priorities and commitments that will help affirm Kroger’s sustainability leadership through the next decade and beyond.”

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