“Kroger associates embrace sustainability in their every day business practices,” said David B. Dillon, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “In 2011, our stores saved enough energy to power every single-family home in Columbus, Ohio, for a single year. We’re proud to have donated the equivalent of 160 million meals to local food banks through our partnership with Feeding America, placing us among the top-tier donors. We continue our commitment to help make the world a better place in a variety of ways.”
Some highlights of Kroger’s environmental and social sustainability progress in 2011:
Increasing energy and transportation efficiencies
Kroger has saved more than 2.34 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, which equals 1.47 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That equates to taking more than 292,000 cars off roads for one year.
Today, one of Kroger’s new stores will consume 30 percent less energy than a store built in 2000. Kroger has reduced energy consumption thanks to increased use of LED lighting, motion sensors, skylights and control systems that monitor lighting, heating and cooling and refrigeration.
Kroger increased fleet efficiency by 9.75 percent in the past year, and by 25.5 percent since 2008.
In 2011, the company’s Ralphs/Food 4 Less division designed and built a unique resource recovery system, which is expected to convert 55,000 tons of unsold organics, annually, into renewable energy that will power its own facility.
In 2011, 19 of Kroger’s 39 manufacturing plants sent “zero waste” to the landfill.
Kroger stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers recycled more than 1.1 billion pounds of corrugated cardboard and paper.
Improved bagging techniques and increased use of reusable bags have prevented approximately one billion plastic bags from being used since 2008. In 2011, Kroger sold and provided customers with more than 5.3 million reusable bags, an average of 14,200 per day.
Kroger was named the most generous company in America by Forbes.
Kroger’s family of stores donated the equivalent of 160 million meals to local food banks through our partnership with Feeding America in 2011. Together, Kroger vendors and customers raised more than $5.5 million in support of women’s health and breast cancer awareness programs.
Customers and vendors joined together to raise $1.5 million for the USO to support our troops and their families.
Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 339,000 associates who serve customers in 2,425 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 789 convenience stores, 337 fine jewelry stores, 1,109 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations in the communities it serves. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 160 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners.