Company featured in Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, also
honored with two awards from Environmental Protection Agency
Grocer has cut emissions by 3%, reduced waste by 11% in last year;
total savings since 2007 of nearly $57 million
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 25, 2012--
Continuing to be recognized as a leading retailer in the area of
environmental sustainability, SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) recently
received multiple national honors for its cutting-edge sustainability
efforts. First, the company is featured in the Carbon Disclosure
Project’s (CDP) 2012 “Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index”, which honors
companies for both environmental performance as well as transparency in
this area. SUPERVALU received the highest score among national grocery
retailers in this report. This honor comes on the heels of SUPERVALU
also receiving two major honors as part of the Environmental Protection
Agency’s (EPA) 2012 GreenChill Environmental Achievement Awards.
Through efforts like these, SUPERVALU reduced total emissions by three
percent in the past year alone, with total waste reduction of over 11
percent across its network of 2,400 retail stores nationwide. Since
2007, SUPERVALU has consistently lowered business expenses and increased
recycling revenues through its companywide sustainability efforts,
bringing $56.8 million in total savings to the company.
“SUPERVALU has built a much-deserved reputation as a leader in the area
of environmental sustainability, and that effort is very important to
our business moving forward,” said Wayne Sales, president, chief
executive officer and chairman, SUPERVALU. “Reducing our carbon
footprint and limiting our waste is not only good for the environment,
it’s good for the bottom line.”
SUPERVALU received two of the highest honors from GreenChill in 2012.
SUPERVALU won the prestigious Distinguished Partner Award, given to the
organization that helps best advance the overall mission of the
GreenChill program, becoming the only company to win this award twice.
Additionally, the company’s Albertsons Carpinteria store earned the Best
Certified Store Award – the top honor for an individual store - for
being the first in the nation to use only all-natural emission
refrigerants. SUPERVALU won the same award in 2010 for its
groundbreaking Chestnut Hill Star Market store. No other company has won
either of these awards more than once.
The recently-remodeled Carpinteria store is SUPERVALU’s signature
project for its participation in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better
Buildings Challenge, which aims to reduce energy usage in institutional,
industrial, and commercial buildings by 20 percent by 2020. In fact, the
store was one of just three projects selected to showcase its technology
to Dr. David Danielson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy, who toured
the store last month.
SUPERVALU details several additional sustainability achievements in its
Corporate Social Responsibility Report, including:
Nine percent reduction in carbon emissions since baseline year of
2007, keeping SUPERVALU on track to meet its 2012 goal in
collaboration with World Wildlife Fund to reduce carbon emissions by
$55 million invested in energy efficiency projects since 2007,
resulting in a seven percent reduction of company-wide electricity use.
Over 60 million pounds of food donated through the Fresh Rescue
program last year, helping feed thousands of families in need while
keeping unnecessary waste out of landfills.
Commitment to 300 “zero-waste” stores during the current fiscal year;
these stores recycle or reuse 90 percent or more of all waste.
Major expansion of the company’s seafood sustainability program to
include both farm-raised and wild-caught seafood, as well as the
discontinuation of six wild-caught seafood species due to
“SUPERVALU’s leadership in bringing down its carbon emissions and
reducing waste should be an inspiration for other retailers,” said Matt
Banks, Senior Program Officer at World Wildlife Fund. “SUPERVALU, like
other Climate Savers companies, clearly understands what it takes to be
a responsible and profitable business in the 21st Century. As the
climate threat grows, we look to their leadership to adopt innovative
approaches that will drive the retail sector to wins in a low carbon
SUPERVALU operates under nine traditional retail brands nationwide,
including Acme, Albertsons, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s,
Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s/Star Market, Shop ‘n Save and Shoppers
Food & Pharmacy. The company also owns the Save-A-Lot, one of the
nation’s leading hard-discount, carefully selected assortment grocery
About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest
companies in the U.S. grocery channel with annual sales of
approximately $35 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United
States through a network of approximately 4,400 stores composed of 1,101
traditional retail stores, including 798 in-store pharmacies; 1,336 hard
discount stores, of which 939 are operated by licensee owners; and 1,950
independent stores serviced primarily by the Company's food distribution
business. SUPERVALU has approximately 130,000 employees. For more
information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.
Source: SUPERVALU INC.
Mike Siemienas, 952-828-4245