To Our Stakeholders
I am pleased to share our latest Sustainability Report, our annual assessment of the Kroger family of companies’ progress on topics that matter to us and to you.
Kroger has taken care of people and our planet since our earliest days. Today more than ever, we believe in Kroger’s unique ability to use our core business — feeding people — to lead change and aim higher. We see the power and potential of our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan to fulfill our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit.™
Our vision is clear: to serve America through food inspiration and uplift. Our Restock Kroger plan is how we deliver this vision using four key drivers: Redefining the Grocery Customer Experience, Partner for Customer Value, Develop Talent and Live Our Purpose. We share more about these drivers in this report.
This is an exciting time for our Company and our industry. Kroger is bringing innovation to transform how America shops for food — and how we eat. Change brings opportunity; yet we recognize it also requires careful attention to how we lead and how we manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics important to our stakeholders.
As you know, the world around us is changing too—a warming climate, global population growth, loss of biodiversity, water scarcity and more. These eco-realities affect our collective ability to feed people today and in the future.
They are also the force behind Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan. We know 40% of food produced in the U.S. is thrown out, yet one in eight people in our country are food insecure — perhaps even someone we know. Redirecting just one-third of the food wasted in the U.S. every year would more than feed those struggling with hunger. Reducing the amount of wasted food in landfills is considered one of the top solutions to reverse the effects of climate change. We can help.
At Kroger, we are inspired and energized by this challenge and the unique role we play in changing the world. The Live Our Purpose pillar of Restock Kroger calls us to lead social change and create Zero Hunger | Zero Waste communities of the future.
Everything we do starts with our Customer obsession, and we know they care deeply about people and our planet. We are grateful for our Associates, who are passionate about our mission and dedicated to our Customers and each other.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Kroger Co.