About this Report
We are pleased to share our 12th Sustainability Report with our customers, associates, shareholders and other valued stakeholders.
We have come a long way on our journey to becoming a more sustainable company.
We continue to invest time, resources and energy to make our operations more efficient, use resources more responsibly, and improve the health, safety and well-being of others. At Kroger, we believe this work is essential to being a responsible member of our communities and steward of our natural resources.
Progress and Achievements
This year, we have a lot to be proud of. We invite our readers to learn more about our key sustainability commitments, to read about the highlights from the year, and to see how our partners and stakeholders are recognizing our achievements.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
The Kroger family of companies supports the direction and collaborative approach of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), introduced in 2016. We recognize the importance of these collective Global Goals in achieving a brighter future &madsh; where we can sustain, nourish and empower our growing world population while protecting our planet. Because we are a grocery retailer with tremendous size and scale, we believe Kroger is uniquely positioned to contribute significantly to several key SDGs.
Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan, introduced in 2017, plays an important part in our support of global sustainable development. This work, as well as our other social and environmental commitments and initiatives, advances positive outcomes on additional Sustainable Development Goals.
In anticipation of publishing our first sustainability report in accordance with the GRI Global Sustainability Reporting Standards, Kroger conducted our first formal materiality assessment in 2017, under the guidance of a consultant, to demonstrate our commitment to applying each of GRI’s Reporting Principles: Identification, Prioritization and Validation.
Our materiality assessment reviewed nearly 30 of the most pressing environmental, social, governance and economic topics for Kroger to consider in our report. Through robust stakeholder engagement, we mapped each topic according to how important they are to both internal and external stakeholders. We identified the following topics as our most material topics:
- Food safety
- Talent attraction and retention
- Responsible sourcing
- Customer satisfaction and digital
- Food waste
- Supply chain accountability
- Energy and emissions
- Health and nutrition
- Food access
- Associate health and safety
- Community engagement
The topics we identified through our materiality assessment are very consistent with the topics and issues raised by our stakeholders as we engage with them throughout the year. Diverse groups and individuals voice their desire for Kroger to be a responsible corporate citizen in the communities where we operate our stores and facilities, and for the people affected by our business operations.
Much of our work in 2017 reflects our desire to make a difference and have a positive outcome on people and our planet. Our Restock Kroger and Zero Hunger │ Zero Waste plans have set the direction for our work for the next several years. Meanwhile, new resources like our Supplier Hub and recently released policies and commitments help us implement our plans. And finally, our socially- and environmentally-conscious product assortment, our energy efficiency projects and our zero waste initiatives are great examples of how we are putting our plans into motion.