BOISE, Idaho, May 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that Albertsons Companies is winner of the prestigious Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award. This is the second year in a row that Albertsons has received the honor, which recognizes commitment to increasing awareness of the EPA's Safer Choice Program for sustainable products.
Albertsons was recognized in the "Retailer" category for promoting the Safer Choice Program in stores, advertising and online messaging.
"We're committed to our partnership with the EPA on this important initiative to ensure the safety and sustainability of the products that people use in their homes each day," said Jonathan Mayes, SVP of External Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer. "It is a true honor to receive the Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award and an honor to help consumers make safer choices every day."
The Safer Choice program, formerly known as the Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program, was developed in 1997 and draws upon chemical and environmental expertise from across EPA. Safer Choice uses the technical tools and expertise of EPA's New Chemicals Program to evaluate the environmental and human health impacts of every chemical ingredient in a product, allowing only the safest ingredients in labeled products. As a voluntary partnership program, Safer Choice brings all interested parties together to advance sustainability in chemical products. More than 2,000 products currently qualify to carry the Safer Choice label.
EPA developed the Partner of the Year Awards to recognize Safer Choice stakeholders who have furthered the safer chemistry and safer product goals of the Safer Choice program. Partner of the Year award winners represent a wide variety of leadership organizations, such as Fortune 500 companies and small- and medium-sized businesses. Albertsons Companies actively promotes the Safer Choice program and Safer Choice-labeled products in its 2,300+ stores across the country. Several of the company's items in the Bright Green line of earth-friendlier household products qualify for the Safer Choice label.
The 2017 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards will be presented during a public ceremony on May 15, 2017 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, MD.
About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 19 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2016 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave nearly $300 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.
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