Year marked by notable achievements and by the establishment of key building blocks for the future
BRAMPTON, ON, May 3 /CNW/ - Today, Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw)
issued its 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report. The 2010
CSR Report: The Way We Do Business details Loblaw's social
responsibility achievements and key areas of focus. Through its
approach to CSR, Loblaw looks to meet the needs of today while laying
the foundation to address potential future challenges.
"In 2010 we continued to make progress against CSR targets and I am
particularly pleased with our efforts to reduce our environmental
impact and improve the sustainability of our food supply," said Galen
G. Weston, executive chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited. "Looking
forward we recognize the increased importance Canadians are placing on
making good diet, health and nutrition choices. We believe Loblaw can
and should be a meaningful partner in addressing these concerns."
Among the innovative initiatives in 2010 that the Company believes will
serve to be building blocks for its long-term vision, Loblaw granted a
$3 million gift to the University of Guelph to establish the Loblaw
Companies Limited Chair in Sustainable Food Production, and took a
leading role in the development of the Conference Board of Canada's
Centre for Food in Canada, which aims to develop a framework for a
national food strategy.
Loblaw's approach to business is guided by five corporate social
responsibility pillars: Respect the Environment, Source with Integrity, Make a Positive Difference in our Community, Reflect our Nation's Diversity and Be A Great Place to Work.
Respect the environment
Launched 37 new PC® G.R.E.E.N® products.
Improved fuel efficiency by 2.3 per cent.
Loblaw customers used 73 per cent fewer plastic shopping bags and since
2007, Loblaw customers used 2.5 billion fewer plastic shopping bags.
Reduced PC® product packaging by 2.3 million kilograms.
Achieved 70 per cent diversion of waste-to-landfill from Distribution
Commenced a project to simplify plastics packaging in order to improve
recycling by municipal facilities.
Commenced renewable energy (photovoltaic/solar panels) pilot projects at
two store locations.
Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers by Mediacorp Canada
Source with Integrity
Continued driving our commitment to source 100 per cent sustainable
seafood by achieving the next steps in one of the most aggressive,
world-leading sustainable seafood commitments:
Increased the number of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified
sustainable products on it shelves to 22 and removed four identified
'at risk' seafood species from shelves.
Launched a national public awareness campaign that included providing a
documentary about the state of our oceans, End of the Line, to more than 700 Canadian schools across the country and the launch of
a sustainable seafood Facebook site and website, www.oceansfortomorrow.com.
Sourced up to 40 per cent of produce in Loblaw stores in July and August
from Canadian growers, and featured up to 180 products from Canadian
growers as part of Loblaw's Grown Close to Home™ program.
Became the first national Canadian grocery retailer to require Loblaw
private brand suppliers to comply with safety standards under the
Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
Make a positive difference in our community
Donated more than $12.6 million to local charities across Canada and
Loblaw colleagues, employees, customers and vendors donated more than
$22.4 million to local charities through in-store fundraising
initiatives to help benefit Canadians nationally.
Reflect our nation's diversity
Increased the percentage of female store managers to 21.7 per cent.
Dedicated space for culturally diverse merchandise in 74 per cent of
Loblaw corporate and franchise stores.
Be a great place to work
Recognized as a top Canadian employer for a second consecutive year and
a top employer for young people by Mediacorp Canada Inc.
Introduced a new program called Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD)
to recognize colleagues for outstanding effort and customer service.
"We are encouraged by the progress we continue to make against our CSR
targets and how our activities are positively impacting our business
and the larger community. As we look to the future, we continue to seek
new ways to improve, and lead by example," said Bob Chant,
vice-president of corporate affairs, Loblaw Companies Limited.
Loblaw's 2010 CSR report can be found online on the recently redesigned
Loblaw Corporate website at loblaw.ca/csr.
About Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is
Canada's largest food distributor and a leading provider of drugstore,
general merchandise and financial products and services. Loblaw is one
of the largest private sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000
corporate and franchised stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its
franchisees employ more than 136,000 full-time and part-time employees.
Through its portfolio of store formats, Loblaw is committed to
providing Canadians with a wide, growing and successful range of
products and services to meet the everyday household demands of
Canadian customers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and
value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control
(private) label program, including the unique President's Choice®, no
name® and Joe Fresh Style® brands. In addition, the Company makes
available to customers President's Choice Financial® services and
offers the PC® points loyalty program
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