CINCINNATI, July 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced new and expanded sustainability commitments to increase responsible sourcing and improve eco-stewardship by 2020.
Kroger's full list of 2020 sustainability goals is available online at http://sustainability.kroger.com/2020-goals.html, which includes:
- Expanding their 100% sustainable seafood commitment,
- Achieving the EPA's "zero waste" threshold of 90% in all facilities,
- Optimizing 100% of corporate brand packaging, and
- Transitioning toward a 100% cage-free egg supply chain.
"Our goal is to be a positive force for change in our communities and to drive sustainability and innovation across the supply chain," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "We believe that our 2020 goals set the course for this important, ongoing journey."
Kroger today also released its 10th annual sustainability report is now available online at http://sustainability.kroger.com.
"Our tenth annual sustainability report highlights our associates' commitment to make a difference for our communities, our planet and each other," said Mr. McMullen. "The report outlines Kroger's growing focus on responsible sourcing and our progress in the fight against hunger, reducing our carbon footprint and moving toward "zero waste" in our stores and facilities.
Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,778 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,230 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,400 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America's most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, about the future performance of the company. These statements are based on management's assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. Such statements are indicated by the words "goal(s)" and "believe." Our ability to achieve our sustainability goals will be affected by our ability to generate free cash flow at the levels anticipated, our ability to generate expected operating results and the impact of regulatory changes. These forward-looking statements are subject to uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. We assume no obligation to update the information contained herein. Please refer to Kroger's reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties.
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