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SUPERVALU Receives Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for Second Consecutive Year

First grocery retailer to achieve highest rating for GLBT-related policies and practices

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 8, 2008--SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU), the third-largest grocery retailer in the United States whose nationwide family of stores includes Acme, Albertsons, bigg's, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher's, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw's, Shop 'n Save and Shopper's Food & Pharmacy, received the top rating of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's seventh annual Corporate Equality Index, which rates U.S. employers on their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) employees, consumers and investors. It is the second consecutive year the company has received a perfect rating after becoming the first U.S. grocery retailer to achieve the Index's highest score last year. SUPERVALU remains the only grocery retailer to receive the 100 percent rating on the survey.

"We are proud to once again share this honor with some of the most well-respected companies and brands in Minnesota and across the country. As a leading food retailer, it's critical that our associates and our company reflect the diversity of our customer base," said Jeff Noddle, SUPERVALU chairman and CEO. "Embracing diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key component of our business strategy, and is essential to achieving our goal of being the best place to work, shop and invest in the grocery retail industry."

SUPERVALU's second consecutive top rating was achieved in recognition of a number of companywide initiatives including:

  • A corporate diversity and inclusion department working to ensure the company is proactively addressing issues of diversity and inclusion.

  • A Corporate Diversity Council made up of senior leaders who meet on a regular basis to discuss and implement diversity and inclusion strategies.

  • A corporate partnership forged with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), making SUPERVALU the first grocery company to partner with the group.

  • The addition of four new associate-led Business Resource Groups, expanding the company's total to 28. These groups, which include PROUD and In-sight (GLBT), provide SUPERVALU associates with a support system and positive forum for professional and personal development.

  • Continued focus on education, awareness-building and communications efforts including a diversity and inclusion newsletter and a dedicated diversity and inclusion microsite on the companywide Intranet.

  • A supplier diversity department with a dedicated staff of experts to form partnerships with minority firms and make it easier for minority and female-owned companies to do business with SUPERVALU.

In addition, SUPERVALU received the 2008 Twin Cities Pride Corporate Achievement Award, granted to a business or organization that has made strides in combating discrimination in the workplace in the past year.

"At SUPERVALU, we're committed to an ongoing program of diversity and inclusion that provides our associates with a diverse and supportive work environment where their ideas, experiences and contributions are encouraged and respected," said Darnell Allen, SUPERVALU vice president of diversity and inclusion. "We believe that a commitment to diversity and inclusion fosters a positive corporate culture, creates a competitive advantage for our company, and promotes improved performance from our associates. Achieving the top rating on the Corporate Equality Index for the second consecutive year is a testament to our commitment to these activities."

Released each fall, the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) rates major U.S. employers on a scale from 0 to 100 percent on their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. Companies are scored on a variety of criteria including non-discrimination policies, domestic partner benefits, diversity training policies, GLBT employee resource group/diversity council establishment, and whether or not the employer exhibits responsible behavior toward the GLBT community and does not engage in action that undermines GLBT equality. The 2009 CEI rated 583 businesses, and 259 companies achieved the 100 percent rating. Of the 255 Fortune 500 companies rated in the CEI, 120 received perfect scores. The average rating of Fortune 500 companies was 83 percent.

For more information on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2009 Corporate Equality Index, visit


SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the United States grocery channel with estimated annual sales of $44 billion. SUPERVALU holds leading market share positions across the U.S. with its approximately 2,475 retail grocery locations, including nearly 920 in-store pharmacies. Through SUPERVALU's nationwide supply chain network, the company provides distribution and related logistics support services to more than 5,000 grocery endpoints across the country. SUPERVALU currently has approximately 192,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit

Susie Bell, 952-828-4356
Corporate Public Affairs Manager