Albertsons Cos. on Nov. 6 released its 2018 Sustainability Update, highlighting the company’s successes in reducing waste, expanding organic offerings, pushing for seafood sustainability, and supporting the causes its customers care about.
In conjunction, the company announced it is purchasing 10 all-electric Tesla tractors for its Southern California fleet. The vehicles are part of the company’s ongoing efforts to decrease carbon emissions and run a cleaner transportation program.
“Our employee promise is to ‘Make Every Day a Better Day,’” said Albertsons Cos. President and CEO Jim Donald. “That means being a good community partner and a committed steward of the environment. We take that obligation seriously because our company is growing and innovating at lightning speed. And when we move forward, we leave a trail behind.”
Highlights and accomplishments
The Sustainability Update highlights progress across four platforms of sustainability: product, community, planet and people. Progress and accomplishments across the company’s banners include:
- Surpassed $1 billion in sales for the O Organics line of USDA-certified organic products.
- Won the 2017 EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award for promoting safer products such as Open Nature household cleaning supplies
- Trained 3,000 pharmacists to administer NARCAN Nasal Spray, a life-saving drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose
- Donated more than $250 million in food donations to local food banks
- Raised and distributed $44.6 million to support causes including wildfire and hurricane disaster relief, veterans’ charities, childhood hunger, and cancer research and treatment
- Named an EPA Green Power Partner for the fourth consecutive year for procuring and using renewable energy
Albertsons Cos.’ Tesla semi-trucks will service Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions stores in Southern California. The trucks will be able to travel 300 to upwards of 500 miles on a single charge, even with a fully loaded trailer, and use less than 2 kilowatt hours of energy per mile.
“Advancing supply chain efficiency and sustainability is an important goal for our company,” said Tom Nartker, VP of transportation. “We’re excited to pilot this expansion of our transportation program with trucks that help us limit our overall carbon footprint.”
Read the full 2018 Sustainability Update here.