Albertsons Integrates Sustainability into Everyday Business Decisions
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Global companies have been widening their scope of corporate responsibility to address a variety of challenges facing humanity. From localized sourcing that supports indigenous growers to selling sustainable products that improve the customers’ well-being as well as the environment, these companies are focusing on sustainability in every aspect of their business.
Albertsons Companies, in its recent Sustainability Update 2016, has highlighted the company’s commitment to make a difference in the lives of the people, communities and the planet. The report details the company’s efforts to integrate sustainability into its business strategy at every level, and prioritize community giving.
Albertsons brand O Organics is now the country’s largest brand of USDA-certified organic products. The company has more than 2,000 OWN brand product SKUs that are organic, sustainable andhealthy. The company is committed to responsibly sourcing 100 percent of its top 20 fresh and private-label frozen seafood products by 2022. Albertsons exceeded its 2016 goal of sourcing 4.8M lbs. of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) by 15 percent.
Albertsons Companies has partnered with FishWise, a nonprofit marine conservation organization and other stakeholders to generate collaborative solutions to the most pressing issues in seafood and promote socially and environmentally responsible sourced seafood. The company was chosen as a 2016 EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year.
Since 2013, Albertsons Companies’ partnership with Fair Trade USA has generated over $1.2 million in community development funds from the sale of Fair Trade Certified products at its stores. Producers choose how to best utilize the premium funds to support sustainable development and community empowerment projects in their region.
Minimizing Environmental Impact
Albertsons Companies continues to reduce its carbon footprint by investing in energy efficiency across its service territories. In 2016, it partnered with Ecology Action and Avail Services to identify incentive-based energy efficiency projects to upgrade existing mechanical equipment across its Northern California facilities saving enough energy to power nearly 390 homes for one year.
Forty-five of the company’s stores in six states are powered by solar energy and produce more than 16 million kilowatt hours per year; the equivalent to removing CO2 emissions from nearly 2,400 cars for one year. The company is also committed to zero waste at its manufacturing facilities by 2022. In 2016, 11 of its 18 manufacturing facilities were zero waste, having achieved over 90 percent diversion from landfill.
Source: 3BL Media