2020 Goals

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Kroger 2020 Sustainability Goals


Responsible Sourcing Commitments

Goal Target Year(Base Year if Relevant) Progress
Responsible Sourcing Commitments

Kroger will source 100% of wild-caught seafood in our Seafood Department from fisheries that are Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified, in MSC full assessment, in comprehensive Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs), or certified by other Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI)-recognized programs, by 2020.

2020

Kroger is currently sourcing 88% of our wild-caught fresh and frozen species by volume under these criteria. Kroger will continue to work with World Wildlife Fund to support its FIP program through funding, sourcing and supplier engagement. Read more.

Kroger will preferentially source MSC certified wild-caught seafood and, by 2020, Kroger will source at least 90% of its volume from fisheries that are MSC certified.

2020

Kroger is currently sourcing 75% of our total volume from MSC certified fisheries. Kroger will continue to work with World Wildlife Fund to support its FIP program through funding, sourcing and supplier engagement. Read more.

Kroger maintains its commitment to source 100% of shelf-stable tuna from companies aligned with the International Sustainable Seafood Foundation (ISSF).

Ongoing

Kroger continues to source 100% of shelfstable tuna from ISSF member companies. We also review their compliance reports annually to identify any concerns. Read more.

Kroger will source 100% of farm-raised seafood in our Seafood Department from farms certified to sustainable seafood certifications and programs recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), by 2020.

2020

In 2018, 89% of the farm-raised seafood we procured in our Seafood Department case was from sources certified to a third-party certification scheme recognized by the GSSI. Read more.

Kroger’s goal is to transition to a 100% cage-free egg supply chain by 2025.

2025

By 2018, the percentage of eggs we sold that met or exceeded cage-free requirements increased to 23.4%. We anticipate being able to increase the percentage of eggs that are cage-free as our suppliers make these available, and commit to working with our supply chain to influence this work. Read more.

Kroger’s goal is to source 100% of fresh pork from suppliers and farms that have transitioned away from gestation crates by 2025.

2025

By 2018, close to half of Kroger’s fresh pork supply has transitioned away from gestation crates. Read more.

Kroger committed to purchase 100% of palm oil in Our Brands products from suppliers certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) supply chain standards by 2015.

2015

Achieved! Kroger continues to work with its Our Brands suppliers to uphold this commitment, which we first achieved at the end of 2015. Read more.

All dairy farms providing milk to Kroger manufacturing plants will be enrolled and in good standing in the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) program.

Ongoing

Achieved! 100% of dairy farms supplying raw milk and all other dairy products to Kroger’s dairy processing facilities are currently enrolled in the FARM program. Read more.

We have a zero-tolerance policy for violations of our vendor code of conduct. Our customers trust that the products we bring to market are sourced from reputable suppliers who provide safe and fair working conditions for their workers. Kroger is working to ensure an ethical supply chain for the products sold in our stores.

Ongoing

Kroger requires social compliance audits for all Our Brands products produced at facilities located outside the U.S., unbranded products (such as bulk) produced at facilities outside the U.S., and direct import national brand products where Kroger is the importer of record. In 2018, Kroger upheld its commitment to have a zero-tolerance policy for suspected child labor, slavery and attempted bribery during audits. Read more.

Kroger will partner with The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) to assess key commodities using their commodity mapping tool, which is designed to help identify and further understand social and environmental risks in upstream commodities.

Ongoing

In 2018, Kroger partnered with TSC experts to engage several suppliers directly, using TSC’s established KPIs in the form of performance assessments, across multiple commodity categories: chocolate, cocoa, coffee, sugar, wheat, corn, and soy. These KPIs address five primary impact areas: resources, ecosystems and biodiversity, climate, social well-being, and health and safety. Read more.


ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP COMMITMENTS

Goal Target Year(Base Year if Relevant) Progress
Zero Waste

Kroger aims to ultimately meet and exceed the Zero Waste threshold of 90% diversion from landfill.

2020

In 2018, Kroger diverted 76% of waste generated from landfill using reduction, reuse and recycling methods. This is an increase of 4% over the previous year’s diversion rate, which we have restated due to an updated calculation methodology. Read more.

Source Reduction
Continue to integrate Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) into our network to reduce waste in the first place as well as test new technologies that reduce waste in the supply chain.

2020

In 2018, Kroger shipped 160 million RPCs of fresh produce to our stores, an increase of approximately 14% from 2017. Read more.

Feeding People
  • Continue to expand eligible foods into the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue programs.
  • Implement food rescue programs in Kroger family of stores distribution centers.
  • Continue to train associates and collaborate with local food banks to increase food rescue.
2020

In 2018, Kroger continued to expand the scope of and participation in our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue program.

  • We rescued 100 million pounds of fresh food from our retail stores, manufacturing plants and distribution centers for donation to Feeding America-affiliated food banks.
  • By the end of 2018, 83% of stores donate food consistently every month and 51% of stores donate food from all five approved perishable food departments.
  • We piloted seafood donation in our Smith’s division. Stores in this division are donating tilapia, Atlantic salmon and catfish to local food banks in need, and Kroger is expanding this program across the company in 2019.
  • Fresh artisan breads and prepared meal kits are now eligible for donation in most locations. Read more
Feeding Animals

In both our plants and retail locations, Kroger will continue to expand animal feed processes that allow us to donate safe and nutritious food scraps to animals, where feasible.

2020

In 2018, we diverted 128,000 tons of food waste to animal feed operations. Currently, 2,039 stores have programs in place to divert food waste to animal feed, composting and anaerobic digestion operations. Read more.

Industrial Uses

In California, Kroger’s innovative Food Recovery System processes food waste and dairy plant effluent through anaerobic digestion. Kroger will continue to look for opportunities to leverage this technology elsewhere.

2020

Kroger currently operates two anaerobic digesters: one in Compton, Calif., that processes organic waste from our California stores, and one in Greensburg, Ind., that processes food byproducts using anaerobic digestion during the wastewater treatment process. Kroger’s Fred Meyer division sends unsold organics to a third-party anaerobic digester operated by Divert, Inc., based in Concord, Mass. In 2018, we diverted 58,800 tons of organic waste to anaerobic digestion operations. Currently, 2,039 stores have programs in place to divert food waste to animal feed, composting and anaerobic digestion operations. Read more.

Composting
In retail locations, we will continue to expand composting operations that provide nutrients back to our environment, where feasible.

2020

In 2018, we diverted 15,965 tons of organic waste to composting operations. Currently, 2,039 stores have programs in place to divert food waste to animal feed, composting and anaerobic digestion operations. Read more.

Plastic Recycling

Kroger will recycle over 200 million pounds more plastic by the end of 2020, from a baseline of 2016.

2020 2016

In 2018, Kroger recycled 52.156 million pounds of plastic in its operations, for a total of 186.64 million since the 2016 goal baseline. We will continue to expand our plastic recycling capabilities and efforts moving forward. Read more.

Cardboard Recycling

Kroger will recover over 3.3 billion tons of cardboard annually by the end of 2020.

2020

Kroger stores, manufacturing plants and distribution facilities recycled more than 1.48 billion pounds of corrugated cardboard in 2018. Read more.

Construction Sites
Our goal was to have 50% of new stores and remodels to be zero waste, in 2018.

2018

In 2018, 123 projects achieved zero waste, meaning they diverted 90% or more of the waste produced away from landfill. This represents 45% of projects that participated in zero waste, and 40% of all projects. In total, these projects diverted 37,000 tons of waste from landfill, or 81% of all waste produced. Read more.

Goal Target Year(Base Year if Relevant) Progress
Our Brands Product Packaging

By 2020, Kroger will optimize packaging in Our Brands by following a balanced, multi-pronged approach that considers design attributes including but not limited to food safety, shelf life, availability, quality, material type and source, function, recyclability and cost.

Responsible Sourcing
Increase certified virgin fiber sourcing from well-managed forests. Kroger will accept the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI), and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) for paperboard packaging.

Increase Recycled Content
Kroger will utilize at least 20% post-consumer recycled content in its packaging for Our Brands manufactured products.

Stakeholder Communication
Kroger is committed to enabling customer sustainability and increasing the recyclability communication on all applicable Our Brands packaging by 2020. We forecast that each year we will triple the number of products that have our “Please Recycle” directive and chasing arrows symbol on our products’ packaging labels.

Increase Recyclability
Through the design optimized process, Kroger will strive to increase the recyclability of Our Brands manufactured plastic packaging.

Packaging Reduction
Kroger will reduce the amount of plastic resin by 10 million pounds for Our Brands manufactured products.

Support Recycling Infrastructure Expansion
Kroger will support the expansion of infrastructure to increase the availability and accessibility of recycling for Our Brands packaging through industry, governmental and non-governmental forums where feasible.

2020

Kroger uses paper packaging in such product categories as crackers, cookies, oatmeal, ice cream, baked goods and beverage cartons. At present, the majority of the paper packaging items we source into our Manufacturing plants are from certified sources.

We are currently calculating our progress on our recycled content goal as part of assessing our overall packaging footprint. In parallel, we are identifying products that are good candidates for recycled content material, particularly in plastic packaging. Meanwhile, our paper, aluminum, steel and glass packaging tends to contain more recycled content due to better established recycling markets for these materials.

As we update our product packaging, we label recyclable Our Brands products according to the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides, prompting our customers to “Please Recycle” relevent packaging.

We keep in close contact with our supplier and sourcing partners to keep track of innovations that that increase packaging recyclability and reuse. We are also evaluating multi-stakeholder initiatives focused on improving recycling infrastructure, so we can contribute to scalable solutions to create new and improved materials recovery streams.

We are making excellent progress on our goal to implement 10 million pounds of plastic resin reduction (or light-weighting) in plastic packaging used in our product manufacturing. By the end of 2018, we had achieved more than 9.1 million pounds of resin reduction. By May 2019, we had rolled out our new lighter-weight milk jugs (we reduced the weight per jug by 10%) to all 15 dairy processing plants that produce milk.

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Goal Target Year(Base Year if Relevant) Progress
Energy and Carbon Emmissions Reduction

Transportation Efficiency
Kroger will improve our Ton Miles Per Gallon (TMPG) by 20% by 2020, using a 2010 baseline.

2020 2010

As of 2018, Kroger achieved a 10.21% improvement since 2010, up from 8.1% in 2016. Read more.

Refrigerant Leaks
Kroger committed to reduce refrigerant leaks by 9% in its stores by 2018, as part of the U.S. EPA’s GreenChill Program.

2018

While our absolute refrigerant emissions in terms of CO2 equivalents decreased in 2018, we did not meet the goal to reduce our company-wide refrigerant leakage rate in supermarkets by 9%. Many of our divisions continued to decrease their leak rates and even performed better than the 2018 company goal. We anticipate meeting our 2019 reduction goal in the coming year. Read more.

Energy Consumption
Kroger will achieve a 40% electricity savings in its supermarkets by 2020, using 2000 as a baseline year.

2020 2010

Kroger’s retail group has now achieved—and surpassed—this goal, ahead of schedule. By 2018, we achieved a 44.9% savings compared to our baseline year. Through this goal, we have saved over 2 billion kWh in our stores since 2000. >Read more.

Kroger Manufacturing sets annual goals to reduce electricity consumed-per-unit-produced by 3%.

2018

Our plants increased electricity consumption by 0.36% per unit of production in 2018 (total electricity consumption decreased by 2.42%). Read more.

Kroger Manufacturing sets annual goals to reduce natural gas consumption-per-unit-produced by 3%.

2018

Our plants increased natural gas consumption by 4.95% per unit of production in 2018 (total natural gas consumption increased by 2.05%). Read more.

Water Reduction

Kroger will reduce water consumption by 5% by 2020 in its supermarkets, using 2015 as a baseline year.

2020 2015

To date, Kroger has achieved water savings of 2.2% in retail operations, or approximately 95 million gallons of water, thanks to water efficiency measures and improvements. Read more.

Kroger Manufacturing sets annual goals to reduce water consumption-per-unit-produced by 3%.

2018

Our plants increased water consumption by 3.44% per unit of production (total water consumption increased by 0.58%). Read more.