Increase Responsible Sourcing

NEW and Ongoing Commitments

Goal: 100% Sustainable Seafood+

Kroger has extended and expanded our commitment to wild caught sustainable seafood procurement and our work with WWF. Our new commitment now includes all wild-caught species and states that, by 2020, Kroger will source:

  • 100% of its wild-caught seafood from fisheries that are Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified, in MSC full assessment, in comprehensive Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs), or certified by other GSSI‐recognized programs; and
  • 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.

As of our initial assessment, Kroger is currently sourcing 83% of our wild-caught fresh and frozen species by volume under these criteria, with 59% of our total volume coming from MSC certified fisheries.

In addition, Kroger is committed to continue to source 100% of shelf‐stable tuna from the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation-participating companies. Annually Kroger will be reviewing ISSA member companies' ISSF compliance reports to support progress and improvement in tuna fisheries globally.

Further, Kroger has extended and expanded our commitment to farm-raised seafood. Kroger will source farm-raised seafood that has been certified by the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program. For farmed species that are corporately procured, we will source BAP 4-Star certification by 2020.

Goal: 100% Cage-Free Eggs

As our customer base has been moving to cage-free at an increasing rate, Kroger’s goal is to transition to a 100% cage-free egg supply chain by 2025. The Kroger family of stores is committed to working with our suppliers during this transition in a way that ensures eggs are readily available, safely produced, and affordably priced for all of our customers.

Goal: High-Impact Commodity Review

High-impact commodities have potentially sensitive social, environmental and/ or economic impacts because of where and they are harvested, produced, or processed.

Kroger will partner with The Sustainability Consortium 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. Our social compliance steering committee then reviews the information and recommendations from our social compliance team to prioritize high-risk countries and commodities.

Goal: 100% Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil

By the end of 2015, Kroger will purchase 100% of palm oil from suppliers certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Kroger met this goal by sourcing Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) from a mass balance supply chain and is working on maintaining the integrity of this commitment.

Goal: 100% Dairy Farms Enrolled in F.A.R.M.

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

The F.A.R.M. program provides consistency and uniformity of best practices in animal care and quality assurance in the dairy industry.

Supplying dairies should show their commitment to animal care by working to meet all F.A.R.M. Program guidelines and in the spirit of continuous improvement, undergoing F.A.R.M. Program 2nd Party Evaluations and by submitting to 3rd Party Verification if selected as part of the F.A.R.M. Program random sample.

Commitment: Social Responsibility

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. We have a zero tolerance policy for violations of our vendor code of conduct.

Increase Eco-Stewardship

Zero Waste Company

Goal: Kroger aims to ultimately meet and exceed EPA's "zero waste" threshold of 90% diversion from landfill in our facilities by 2020.

  1. Focus on Food Waste Reduction
    1. Source Reduction

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

    2. Feeding People

      Continue to expand eligible foods into the Perishable Donation Partnership (PDP).

      Implement PDP programs in Kroger family of stores distribution centers.

      Continue to train associates and collaborate with local food banks.

    3. 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.

    4. Industrial Uses

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

      Kroger and the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy have entered into a collaboration to study the feasibility of locating anaerobic digesters on dairy farms that can process Kroger food waste along with manure.

    5. Composting

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

  2. Plastic Recycling

    Kroger will recycle over 200 million pounds more plastic by the end of 2020.

  3. Cardboard Recycling

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

  4. Construction Sites

    Our goal is to have 50% of new stores and remodels to be zero waste, for 2016.

Goal: 100% Corporate Brand Packaging Optimization

By 2020, Kroger will optimize packaging in corporate 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 corporate brand manufactured products.

Stakeholder Communication
Kroger is committed to enabling customer sustainability and increasing the recyclability communication on all applicable corporate brand packaging by 2020. We forecast that each year we will triple the amount 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 corporate brand manufactured plastic packaging.

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

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

Reducing Efforts

Goal: Kroger will improve transportation efficiency by 20% by 2020.

For transportation efficiency, we will be tracking our Ton Miles Per Gallon (TMPG), effectively looking at how many miles we haul one ton of groceries on one gallon of fuel. Kroger Logistics is committed to improving our TMPG by 20% by 2020. We will also be changing our baseline year from 2008 to 2010 to more closely align with other areas of The Kroger Co.

Goal: Kroger will reduce refrigerant leaks in our supermarket refrigeration systems.

In 2016, Kroger committed to reduce refrigerant leaks by 9% to the EPA's GreenChill Program.

Goal: Kroger will reduce cumulative energy consumption by 40% by 2020, using 2000 as a baseline year.

Kroger will build on our long-term success of energy consumption reduction through the maintenance of existing processes and technologies as well as testing and learning from new technologies.

Goal: Kroger will reduce water consumption by 5% by 2020 in supermarkets.

Kroger continues to optimize water conservation measures in our retail locations that ensure proper food safety and sanitation priorities.