The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced it was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index-North America (DJSI) for the fifth consecutive year.
The DJSI evaluates the top 20 percent of the 600 largest North American companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index that are leaders in sustainability. The index considers multiple factors under three dimensions: economic, social and environmental.
“Kroger’s goal is to make a difference for our communities, our planet and each other by driving sustainability and innovation throughout our business,” said Denise Osterhues, Kroger’s senior director of corporate affairs. “Inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fifth consecutive year is an important mile marker in our ongoing journey to increase responsible sourcing and improve eco-stewardship.”
Kroger today also announced the release of its 11th annual sustainability report, which outlines progress toward its 2020 sustainability goals, including:
Zero Waste: Kroger aims to meet and exceed EPA’s Zero Waste threshold of 90% diversion from landfill in company facilities by 2020. In 2016, Kroger reached a diversion rate of 78% across its operations, up from 70% in 2015.
Sustainable Seafood: In 2016, Kroger set a new, broader goal to source 100% of all wild-caught seafood species from sustainable fisheries by 2020. The company is 86% of the way toward achieving this goal. The new goal expands the scope of the previous goal, which was to source 100% of only the top 20 wild-caught species.
Cage-Free Eggs: Kroger is transitioning toward a 100% cage-free egg supply chain by 2025. Currently, about 18% of the company’s total egg sales are cage-free eggs, up from 15% last year and 11% in 2014.
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our 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. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.