Responsible Sourcing

Kroger will source 100% (all species) of wild-caught seafood in its 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.


In 2017, we sourced 87% of our wild-caught fresh and frozen species by volume under these criteria. Read more

We will continue to work with WWF to support its FIP program through funding, sourcing and supplier engagement.

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.


In 2017, we sourced 75% of our total volume from MSC certified fisheries. Read more.

We will continue to work with WWF to support its FIP program through funding, sourcing and supplier engagement.

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


We continue to source 100% of shelf-stable tuna from ISSF member companies. We also review their compliance reports annually to identify any concerns. We have stepped away from our previous commitment to put an identifying label on cans (to demonstrate ISSF partnership) since there is not currently an appropriate labeling scheme to be used on packaging. Read more.

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


For the following species—tilapia, salmon, pangasius, mussels and trout—more than 90% of the farm-raised fish in Kroger's Seafood Department is certified to the BAP Two-Star level or greater.

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


In 2017, 21% of the eggs sold in our stores were cage-free. We anticipate being able to increase the percentage of eggs that are cage-free as our suppliers make these available, and commit to working our supply chain to influence this work. Read more about our animal welfare initiatives.

By the end of 2015, Kroger will purchase 100% certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) in Our Brands products.


Achieved! At the end of 2015, we achieved this goal. We continue to work with suppliers to maintain the integrity of this commitment. Read more.

All milk and dairy product suppliers that supply our dairy processing plants and grocery assortment will be enrolled and in good standing in the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (F.A.R.M.).


Achieved! 100% of suppliers supplying raw milk and all other dairy products to Kroger's dairy processing facilities and grocery assortment are currently enrolled in F.A.R.M. 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.


We require 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 2017, 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 to assess key commodities using their commodity mapping tool, which is designed to help identify and further understand social environmental risks in upstream commodities.


As part of this initiative, we are evaluating risks such as water scarcity, biodiversity and child labor in the supply chain. In late 2017, we leveraged TSC's tools, expertise and guidance to conduct a pilot supplier engagement project with the objective of gaining increased knowledge of key social and environmental impacts in our cocoa supply chain, and to contribute to TSC's ongoing development of product- and commodi ty-specific metrics to assess supply chain impacts. Read more.


Zero Waste

Kroger aims to divert 90% or more of waste in our operations from landfill by 2020.


In 2017, we diverted 77% of waste generated from landfill. Read more.

Kroger aims to achieve zero food waste as a company by 2025.


In 2017, Kroger worked with partner WWF to baseline its food waste footprint in its retail stores, as a starting point.

Our data analysis indicates that in 2017, about 73% of food waste produced in our stores went to landfill, while 27% was diverted to animal feed, composting or anaerobic digestion.

We have set interim goals and milestones to drive progress towards our 2025 goal through improved execution on our existing food waste reduction and diversion programs. 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.


In 2017, we shipped 140 million RPCs of fresh produce to our stores, up from 120 million in 2016. Read more.

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

In 2017, we donated 325 million meals to those in need through food and monetary donations.

This year, we continued to expand the scope of, and participation in, our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue Program.

  • Our Logistics team donated more than 10 million pounds of fresh food through our Food Rescue Program in 2017.
  • We added cauliflower, bananas, broccoli, asparagus, green beans and celery into the program in 2017.
  • By the end of 2017, 99% of Kroger's stores were participating in the Food Rescue Program.
Read more about the Food Rescue Program.
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.


In 2017, we diverted 72,400 tons of food waste to animal feed operations across our operations. As of 2017, 1,978 stores across our enterprise had programs to recycle food waste through composting, animal feed or anaerobic digestion processes. Read more.

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.


In 2017, we launched its second anaerobic digester to replace an aging wastewater treatment plant at the KB Specialty Foods manufacturing plant in Greensburg, Indiana. Like our first digester, this one can also provide energy for our facility. Read more.

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


In 2017,we diverted 42,400 tons of food waste for composting across our business. As of 2017, 1,978 stores across our enterprise had programs to recycle food waste through composting, animal feed or anaerobic digestion processes.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 2017, we recycled 66.15 million pounds of plastic in its operations, for a total of 134.48 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.


Our stores, manufacturing plants and distribution facilities recycled more than 2.43 billion pounds of corrugated cardboard in 2017, up from 2.35 billion pounds in 2016. Read more.

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


In 2017, 89 of our projects achieved zero waste, meaning they diverted 90% or more of the waste produced away from landfill. This represents 44% of projects that participated in zero waste, and 21% of all projects. In total, these projects diverted 79,000 tons of waste from landfill, or 87% of all waste produced. Read more.


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.


Kroger is pursuing multiple projects in pursuit of optimizing Our Brands product packaging to be more sustainable. The focus on Our Brands packaging is intended to reduce the amount of plastics in our packaging, increase recycled content and certified virgin fiber, plus increase recyclability.

The biggest example of source reduction is the redesign of Our Brands gallon milk jug. The new milk jug still is made of the same 100% recyclable high-density polyethylene as the old jugs, but the unique design allows us to use approximately 10% less plastic while retaining the same performance. As of the end of 2017, Kroger had rolled this new jug out to six Kroger dairy processing plants, with additional facilities coming on board throughout 2018. This reduction has put us well on our way to achieve our goal to reduce plastic packaging in Our Brands products we manufacture by 10 million pounds. By the end of 2017, we had reduced plastic by more than 4.8 million pounds, and have completed or planned an additional 5.6 million pounds of reductions in 2018 and 2019.

We also continue to improve our product labels as part of our packaging updates to help increase awareness among our customers about how to recycle our packaging. We label recyclable Our Brands products according to the Federal Trade Commission's Green Guides, prompting our customers to "Please Recycle."

We regularly assess opportunities to increase recyclability of our products and to incorporate more recycled content into the materials we use, with the objective of finding opportunities that meet both sustainability and business needs.

We are actively engaging in industry collaboration groups and directly with our stakeholders on these topics. To accelerate efforts to achieve our packaging goals, Kroger joined the Sustainable Packaging Coalition in 2017.


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

2020 (2010)

As of 2017, we achieved an 8.1% improvement since 2010, up from 7.5% in 2016. Read more.

Refrigerant Leaks
Kroger committed to reduce refrigerant leaks by 10% in its stores by 2017, as part of the EPA's GreenChill Program.

2017 (2016)

In 2017, we achieved our goal to reduce refrigerant emissions by 10% in our supermarkets and set a new goal to achieve a 9% reduction in 2018. Read more.

Energy Consumption
Kroger will reduce cumulative energy (electricity) consumption in its supermarkets by 40% by 2020, using 2000 as a baseline year.

2020 (2010)

By 2017, we had achieved an electricity savings of about 38% in our supermarkets since 2000, putting us on track to achieve our goal by 2020. This is an increase of about 3 percentage points from last year. Read more.

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


Collectively, our plants reduced electricity consumed by 1.86% per-unit-of-production in 2017. Read more.

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


Collectively, our plants reduced natural gas consumed by 0.32% per unit of production in 2017. 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, our supermarkets have achieved water savings of 0.5% thanks to water efficiency measures and improvements. Read more.

Kroger Manufacturing sets annual goals to reduce water usage intensity by 3% (water consumption per unit produced) across all our plants.


In 2017, our plants achieved a 2.98% reduction in water intensity (2.75% total reduction) across our plants. Read more.