Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co. has been recognized by Newsweek as one of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2023, earning the distinction for the fourth consecutive year.
Newsweek recognizes the Top 500 most responsible companies in the U.S., spanning 14 industries. To view the full list, click here.
“This recognition is a testament to the incredible dedication of our associates and our collective commitment to end hunger through ‘Zero Hunger | Zero Waste,'” said Rodney McMullen, chairman and CEO. “Kroger plays a critical role in building a more resilient and sustainable food system for all of America.”
This year, Kroger celebrated the fifth anniversary of the “Zero Hunger | Zero Waste” social and environmental impact plan. It emphasizes the role Kroger plays across the food system and its stakeholders as an employer, food processor, retailer and healthcare provider.
Over the past five years, Kroger has donated 2.3 billion meals to fight hunger, including:
- $1 billion in giving to hunger relief, which includes 500 million pounds of surplus food donated to food banks, for a total of 2.3 billion meals directed to communities; and
- Nearly $45 million in grants from the “Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation” to support food recovery and system change.
America’s Most Responsible Companies were selected based on publicly available key performance indicators derived from corporate responsibility reports, corporate citizen reports or sustainability reports, as well as an independent survey.
The methodology focused on company performance in the environmental, social and corporate governance categories. Additionally, an independent survey was conducted to evaluate companies’ reputation by asking U.S. citizens about their perception of company activities related to corporate social responsibility.
To learn more about Kroger’s efforts, visit the ESG Hub: Thriving Together.