2020 Goals

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Performance & Disclosure

As we drive progress toward our 2020 goals, we also look to what lies ahead. Through engagement with our stakeholders, subject matter experts and internal business owners, we are identifying the commitments and goals that will maintain Kroger’s sustainability leadership through the next decade.

During 2020, we are launching new or extended commitments in the areas of:
  • GHG emissions reductions
  • Sustainable packaging for Our Brands products
  • Responsible sourcing, including zero deforestation in Our Brands products
  • Extended zero waste

Progress on Long‑Term Goals

  • Goal
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • Target Year
  • Trend
Zero HungerFiscal year Read More
  • Donate 1B cumulative meals (food & funds) to our communities by 2020; 3B by 2025
  • 325M meals
  • 316M meals
  • 493M meals
  • 2020
    2025
  • Achieved Ahead of Shedule On Track
  • Direct as much safe, nutritious food as possible to feed people in our communities through Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue
  • 91M lbs food rescued
  • 100M lbs food rescued
  • 101M lbs food rescued
  • 2025
  • On Track
Zero WasteCalendar year Read More
  • Company-wide, meet and exceed the Zero Waste threshold of 90% diversion from landfill
  • 72% diversion
  • 76% diversion
  • 80% diversion
  • 2020
  • Continued Focus
  • Recycle over 200M pounds more plastic—cumulatively—by the end of 2020, from a baseline of 2016
  • 45.1M pounds
  • 52.1M pounds
  • 53.7M pounds
  • 2020
  • On Track
  • Continue to integrate reusable plastic containers (RPCs) into our network and test new technologies that reduce waste in the supply chain
  • 140M RPCs
  • 160M RPCs
  • 123M RPCs
  • 2020
  • On Track
  • Recover over 3.3B pounds of cardboard annually by the end of 2020
  • 1.481B pounds
  • 1.484B pounds
  • 1.606B pounds
  • 2020
  • Continued Focus
  • 50% of new store and remodel construction projects to achieve zero waste in 2019
  • 21% of projects
  • 40% of projects
  • 54% of projects
  • 2019
  • Achieved
  • Phase out single-use plastic shopping bags
    Phaseout commitment is in addition to any existing and future legislation for plastic bags.
  • QFC division phaseout complete
  • 2025
  • On Track
Food Waste RecyclingCalendar year Read More
  • Achieve zero food waste
    • Reduce total food waste generated in our retail supermarkets.
    • Improve food waste diversion from landfills in retail supermarkets.
  • 332,212 tons generated 27.1% food waste diversion
  • 301,282 tons 39.7%
  • 288,966 tons 44.7%
  • 2025
  • On Track
  • Expand food waste recycling programs to support zero food waste
    • Expand programs to donate safe and nutritious food scraps to animals.
    • Leverage anaerobic digestion (AD) technology in additional locations.
    • Expand composting operations that provide nutrients back to our environment.
  • 98,070 tons to animal feed 34,798 tons to AD 14,220 tons to compost 1,978 stores with food waste recycling programs
  • 101,575 tons 62,598 tons 15,965 tons 2,039 stores
  • 108,036 tons 76,210 tons 15,870 tons 2,120 stores
  • 2020
  • On Track
Climate ImpactsFiscal year Read More
  • Improve our ton miles per gallon (TMPG) by 20% by 2020, using a 2010 baseline
  • 8.1%
  • 10.21%
  • 10.84%
  • 2020
  • Continued Focus
  • Achieve 40% electricity savings in supermarkets by 2020, using 2000 as a baseline year
  • 38% savings
  • 44.9% savings
  • 47.4% savings
  • 2020
  • Achieved Ahead of Shedule
  • Achieve 3% annual reduction in electricity consumed per unit produced in our plants
  • 1.86%
  • 0.36%
  • 2.47%
  • 2019
  • Did Not Achieve Continued Focus
  • Achieve 3% annual reduction in natural gas consumed per unit produced in our plants
  • 0.32%
  • 4.95%
  • 3.12%
  • 2019
  • Did Not Achieve Continued Focus
  • Reduce refrigerant emissions by 9% in our retail stores annually
  • 10%
  • 0%
  • 0%
  • 2019
  • Did Not Achieve Continued Focus
Water ReductionFiscal year Read More
  • Achieve 5% water savings in supermarkets by 2020, using a 2015 baseline year
  • 0.5% savings
  • 2.2% savings
  • 5.6% savings
  • 2020
  • Achieved Ahead of Shedule
  • Achieve 3% annual reduction in water consumed per unit produced in our plants
  • 2.98%
  • 3.44%
  • 1.7%
  • 2019
  • Did Not Achieve Continued Focus
Responsible SourcingCalendar year Read More
  • Source 100% of 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 Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI)-recognized programs by 2020
  • 87%
  • 88%
  • 88%
  • 2020
  • Continued Focus
  • Preferentially source MSC-certified wild-caught seafood and, by 2020, source at least 90% of volume from fisheries that are MSC certified
  • 74%*
  • 75%
  • 71%
  • 2020
  • Continued Focus
  • Source 100% of farm-raised seafood from farms that are Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) 2-star or greater certified, Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified or GLOBALG.A.P certified by 2020
  • 81%*
  • 89%
  • 96%
  • 2020
  • Continued Focus
  • Source 100% of shelf-stable tuna from companies aligned with the International Sustainable Seafood Foundation (ISSF)
  • 100%
  • 100%
  • 100%
  • 2019
  • Achieved
  • Transition to a 100% cage-free egg supply chain by 2025
    Data reflects shell eggs. 2018 data point restated. In 2019, 24.5% of all egg types sold at Kroger were cage free.
  • 21%
  • 23.3%*
  • 23.1%
  • 2025
  • On Track
  • Source 100% of fresh pork from suppliers and farms that have transitioned away from gestation crates by 2025
    2019 and 2018 (restated) data points reflect the percentage of Kroger’s fresh pork supply chain that has moved sows away from gestation crates for at least part of pregnancy.
  • 38%*
  • 43%
  • 2025
  • On Track
PackagingFiscal year Read More
  • Kroger seeks to optimize Our Brands manufactured product packaging in several ways:
    • Reduce plastic resin by 10M pounds, from a 2015 baseline.
    • Use at least 20% post-consumer (PCR) recycled content.
    • Increase the recyclability of plastic packaging.
    • Increase communication about recyclability on all applicable packaging.
    • Increase certified virgin fiber from well-managed forests for paperboard packaging.
    • Support the expansion of infrastructure to increase the availability and accessibility of recycling for Our Brands product packaging.
  • 4.8M pounds plastic reduced 1,310+ items labeled with “Please Recycle”
  • 9.8M pounds plastic reduced 1,830+ items labeled with “Please Recycle”
  • 10.1M pounds plastic reduced 3,000+ items labeled with “Please Recycle”
  • 2020
  • Achieved Ahead of Shedule On Track

*Restated

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Did Not AchieveDid not achieve
Continued FocusContinued focus
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AchievedAchieved
Achieved Ahead of SheduleAchieved ahead of schedule
Note: M = million, B = billion