Choosing environmentally and socially responsible ingredients
At Safeway, we’re always working to improve the sustainability of our products. In addition to packaging, we also consider the impact of the ingredients we use.
Palm oil is one ingredient that has many well-known environmental and social consequences. The oil that’s squeezed out of oil palm fruit is used in cookies, mayonnaise, soap and many other products. It comes from oil palm plantations that are based in tropical countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Nigeria. Some palm oil production has been linked to deforestation and wetland destruction, as well as human rights violations such as child labor and human trafficking.
We’re currently working with our suppliers towards our goal of using 100% responsibly produced palm oil. Ultimately, our goal is to have a fully traceable palm oil supply chain that is free of all destructive impacts. Tracking palm oil from plantation to the final product is very complex, so it’s going to take some time and effort to trace all of it.
So far, we’ve become a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an organization that seeks to make sustainable palm oil the norm. We are also in the process of calculating exactly how much palm oil we use in all of our Safeway branded items.
Additionally, we’ve set a goal to source 1 million pounds of RSPO-certified palm oil for Safeway branded items in 2014. We have already sourced 342,000 pounds of responsible palm oil so are well on our way to reaching our target.
You can read more about our palm oil commitments in our Safeway Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines.
Powering Up with Renewable Energy
For the last six years, Safeway has been hard at work developing renewable energy projects at our stores. In recognition of our investment in solar power, we were recently named one of the country’s top commercial users of solar energy in the Solar Energy Industry Association’s Solar Means Business report.
Since the report’s completion, the number of Safeway facilities with solar power has increased. There are currently 35 neighborhood Safeway stores with solar energy systems. Each system generates about 20% of the power that’s needed to run the entire store.
Safeway first began using solar panels in 2008. Since then, we’ve been busy outfitting our stores to produce and use solar energy. In 2013, we added 13 solar projects to stores across the country, and there are many more additions in the works.
Every single solar panel installation adds up to make a big difference. In 2012, we used over 6.2 million kilowatt hours of solar power that was generated from the systems on our stores. That’s enough energy to power nearly 550 U.S. homes for a year!
To learn more about solar energy, visit the US Department of Energy website.
Proud to Salute Those Who Serve
At Safeway, the military personnel who work on our teams inspire us with their excellence and leadership. We are honored to receive the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employers Support Freedom Award, the nation’s highest honor for employers of National Guard and Reserve members.
The Department of Defense selected Safeway as one of six large companies from a pool of almost 3,000 nominations. Since the Freedom Award was instituted in 1996, only 175 employers have been honored with the award.
“We support our troops and hire members of the military not for praise, but because it’s the right thing to do. We highly value the work of service men and women,” said Robert Edwards, President and CEO.
Safeway has a strong tradition of supporting the armed forces and valuing military leadership experience. We provide extensive training through our Junior Military Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer Program. In 2012 nearly 1,500 veterans were hired, and we are dedicated to hiring at least another 1,500 by the end of this year.
At Safeway, we believe it is a privilege to provide opportunities for the brave men and women who serve our country. We will continue to support the hard work they do both at home and abroad.
Safeway would like to thank Steven Carhart, National Category Manager in Value Added Produce, for nominating us for the Freedom Award. Steven was hired through the Safeway’s Leadership Development Program for Junior Military Officers. A former Marine, he now serves in the Navy Reserves. He was recently deployed and is due to return to Safeway in 2014.
Keeping Our Oceans Healthy
As one of the country's largest grocers, we recognize the big part we play in protecting marine resources. At Safeway, we're proud to help conserve seafood for future generations.
Our efforts were recently recognized by Greenpeace USA, who has named us as one of the highest ranked national grocers for sustainable seafood for the past three years in a row.
Here are some of the other things we're doing to help keep the oceans healthy:
- We've committed to having all of our fresh and frozen seafood to be responsibly caught or farmed, or from sources in a process making credible improvements, by the end of 2015.
- We offer seafood that already meets this goal. Look for items marked "Responsible Choice" while you shop. That means they are considered a "Best Choice" or a "Good Alternative" by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, or are certified to an equal standard.
- Together with FishWise, a sustainable seafood consultancy, we're continually working to protect the health of our oceans.
By working together we can help ensure the availability of seafood for generations to come. When you purchase Responsible Choice seafood from your neighborhood Safeway store, you can feel proud to be making a healthy decision for you, your family, and the environment.
To learn more about our dedication to seafood sustainability, read more about our programs or visit our FishWise website.
Local Produce Fresh from our Farmers
This summer and all year round, you’ll find local produce, fresh from our farmers, in your neighborhood Safeway store.
We proudly work with hundreds of local farmers to bring your family the freshest local produce available from many family-run farms near you. We’ve spent decades nurturing these partnerships in our communities, helping to create jobs and allowing our communities to grow.
And because local means fresher, you get to enjoy delicious produce sooner after harvest.
Meet some of our featured farmers. Watch the videos now.
Make Every Day Earth Day
At Safeway, we’re committed to reducing our impact on the environment. That’s why we’ve made it our goal to reduce the number of plastic and paper bags used by 1 billion by 2015.
With your help, we can do this. And what better time to start than Earth Day! Here's a special promotion to get you started: We want to give you a FREE reusable bag in celebration of Earth Day.*
From April 22 through April 30, 2013, visit just for U™ and load the offer to your Club Card. Together, we'll make a positive difference this Earth Day.
Did you know? Over a lifetime, use of reusable bags by just one person would save over 22,000 single-use bags.
Learn more about how reusable bags help the environment.
*This free reusable bag offer is available to only one (1) Safeway Club, Vons Club, Pavilions ValuePlus Club, Carrs Plus Club, Dominick's Fresh Values, Randalls Remarkable or Tom Thumb Reward Card ("Club Card") holder per household and includes only those bags retailing at $1.99. Completed Just For U™ registration and activation required to receive a free bag. Use your loaded Club Card at checkout to receive a free bag at your local Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Carrs, Dominick's, Randalls or Tom Thumb store in the U.S. Offer may not be assigned, transferred, or reproduced. All bags may not be available in every store and are subject to availability. While supplies last. Limited to inventory on hand. No rainchecks. Offer has no cash value. Offer begins April 22, 2013 and expires April 30, 2013. Not valid with any other offer or discount. The actual bag customer receives may be different than a bag depicted with the offer. Void where prohibited by law. We reserve the right to correct typographical, pictorial and other ad errors.
Giving Back to Our Community
At Safeway, we’re proud to support causes that improve lives. Through fundraising, food donations and volunteerism, we’re making a difference in the communities we serve.
The Safeway Foundation raised and donated over $40.7 million in the 2012 fundraising campaigns: People with Disabilities, Veterans/Wounded Warrior, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer.
In fact, since 2001 Safeway and The Safeway Foundation have raised and donated over $1 billion for important causes and programs. Here are just some of the ways we’re giving back:
- Feeding the hungry through food bank donations
- Supporting our schools with programs like our Lucerne® Art of Dairy™ Art Contest and donations of over $254 million via eScrip
- Helping people with disabilities through programs like Special Olympics
- Funding over 1,600 medical research projects, including for cancer and neuromuscular diseases
We encourage our employees to be active in their communities, on whatever issues they are passionate about. In 2012, our employees volunteered over one million volunteer hours for the second consecutive year.
Thanks to the help and dedication of our employees and customers, including generous donations made by shoppers at our checkout stands, we’re helping to build better lives for those around us.
Watch a video about our involvement in the community.
Our Journey Toward Zero Waste
At Safeway, our commitment to responsible use of resources includes thoughtful consideration of how we can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and recycle what was once considered trash.
Safeway's Supply Operations facilities, which include Distribution Centers and Manufacturing Plants, took on the challenge to achieve "zero waste" as part of our commitment to advancing sustainability.
To qualify as zero waste, facilities must recycle or divert 90% or more of materials that would have previously been sent to landfills.
To date, five of our 17 Distribution Centers and 11 of our 31 Manufacturing Plants in the U.S. and Canada have reported achieving zero waste. Several others are close, thanks to the efforts and passion of the teams on site.
Zero waste is considered achievable in locations with recycling facilities including composting and/or bio-digestion. We continue to work towards this goal with the rest of our Supply Operations facilities.
Learn more about how you can reduce the waste you send to the landfill.
Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts)
Every year, Safeway promotes the spirit of giving to help make the holidays brighter for people who rely on the assistance of food banks. In 2011, the generosity of your donations combined with our employees' contributions allowed us to donate more than $116 million in food products to local hunger relief agencies across communities we serve nationwide.
This year we once again join forces with our shoppers, local food banks, broadcast partners and Kraft Foods for the Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts) food drive. Food donations will be collected through December 25 at most of our stores. It’s easy to participate. Shoppers can purchase a pre-assembled grocery bag of food for $10 to place in donation bins. Working together, we can provide millions of meals for families and people in need this holiday season.
Learn more about Safeway’s support of hunger relief programs.
Supporting Our Country’s Heroes
Safeway believes in the importance of giving back to those who have given so much. Two ways we’re accomplishing this is through our Veterans Day campaign and our Leadership Development Program.
After successfully raising $1 million last year in just three days, we’re collecting donations in select stores again this year, November 9th through 11th, in honor of Veterans Day. Donations will support career retraining, stress counseling, social activities and rehabilitation programs. Funds will be spent locally to where they were raised. The Safeway Foundation is honored to help improve the lives of our local heroes through the generosity of our employees and customers.
Leadership Development Program for Junior Military Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers
Veterans have the experience, talent and leadership skills that Safeway looks for in potential employees. Started in June of 2010, our 41-week Leadership Development Program (LDP) seeks applicants who have gained significant leadership experience as commissioned and non-commissioned officers in the military. After a rigorous selection process, the LDP provides on-the-job training, coaching, mentors, seminars, retail and corporate job shadowing, technical training and more to prepare participants for a career in retail management. Through the program, veterans experience a tremendous opportunity to leverage their professional military training and transition that experience into civilian business leadership roles.
Recruiting Military Veterans to a Broad Variety of Jobs and More
To date, Safeway already exceeded our goal of hiring 1000 veterans in 2012 and we plan to hire over 1000 more in 2013. We continue to partner with veteran communities throughout the country and support Military Family Food Drives, Blue Star Moms and other groups that give back to veterans and their families.
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