Supply Chain:

Supplier Diversity

Diversity is one of Kroger's core values and we have actively driven diversity among our vendor partners for more than 30 years. Minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises (MBEs and WBEs) along with other diverse businesses provide products, services and perspectives that align with our strategies and help us better understand both our customers' needs and trends in the marketplace. We value our business relationships with these M/WBEs because they provide employment opportunities in our local communities and their products and services are often unique and generate positive sales results.

BILLION DOLLAR ROUNDTABLE (BDR)

Since 2006, Kroger has spent more than $1 billion annually with minority and women-owned business enterprises. As a result, Kroger is a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, a prestigious forum of 26 corporations that have achieved $1 billion or more in annual spending with M/WBEs. We achieved this goal by partnering with 884 M/WBE companies in 2016. Other Billion Dollar Roundtable members include Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Toyota and Microsoft.

During 2016, The Kroger Co. was honored to be selected as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises (Bronze Distinction) by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

The list of Top Corporations is designed to recognize organizations who are choosing to integrate policies and programs across the corporation to enable growth and reduce barriers for women-owned businesses; increasing opportunity in new markets—both domestically and internationally; fueling innovation; and empowering communities through economic growth and jobs.



MILLION DOLLAR CLUB

In 2016, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) once again included The Kroger Co. in its "Million Dollar Club." This club recognizes corporations that are leaders in integrating Hispanic-owned business enterprises (HBEs) into their supply chains.

Corporate Honorees that were recognized spent between $25 million to upwards of $1 billion with Hispanic-owned companies in 2016.


OMNIKAL Omni50 LIST

Kroger ranked 8th on the 17th annual list of America's Top 50 Inclusion Corporations. OMNIKAL (formerly DiversityBusiness.com) announced the Omni50 Award Winners, which are the top 50 U.S. corporations awarding the most business to the growing, culturally diverse vendor/supplier marketplace. This is the seventh consecutive year that Kroger has been recognized on this list. Kroger has an ongoing commitment to connecting with our customers and serving the multicultural marketplace of the future. In their annual survey, OMNIKAL asks its 2 million member businesses to answer 10 questions about inclusive business practices in the marketplace. Their answers are based on factors such as volume, consistency and actual, quality business opportunities granted through contracts awarded to the diverse supplier marketplace.



TrueChoicePack Corp.

Several years ago, Kroger was looking to expand its billion-dollar organic brand—Simple Truth®—beyond food into sustainable and compostable disposable products. We were looking for a supplier with expertise in making 100% compostable products and found TrueChoicePack Corp. (TCP), based in Dayton, Ohio.

Founded in 2008, TCP is a leader in packaging and disposable solutions. BioGreenChoice—their eco-friendly foodservice product line—has become one of the leading quality sustainable brands in the U.S. This line of products offers sustainable alternatives to traditional plastic or polystyrene foam products. The BioGreenChoice product line is eco-friendly, 100% biodegradable and compostable packaging made from renewable by-products of the agricultural industry, like sugarcane and corn starch. Kroger partnered with TCP to develop items like Simple Truth 10-inch disposable plates, which are 100% compostable, and Home Sense® brand boxed traditional plastic cutlery. TCP ships thousands of cases per month of these items for Kroger-operated stores nationwide.

Heena Rathore, TCP's president and CEO, has a proven track record of launching and growing successful new products. She also serves on the board of directors for the Biodegradable Products Institute. Rakesh Rathore, Ph.D., leads supply chain efforts and Research & Development for TCP's packaging materials.

Kroger is pleased to work in partnership with TCP to advance both our commitment to supplier diversity and sustainability.

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