BRAMPTON, ON, April 22 /CNW/ - Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw), one of
Canada's largest private sector employers, has been named one of Canada's Top Greenest Employers, by Mediacorp Canada Inc, for the second consecutive year. Loblaw achieved this notable
recognition for its industry leading green initiatives and its success
in integrating environmental values into its corporate culture.
"At Loblaw, we are proud of the way our colleagues, employees and
franchise owners have supported our efforts to be more environmentally
conscious," said Bob Chant, vice-president, corporate affairs, Loblaw
Companies Limited. "Whether it's sourcing our products sustainably;
encouraging use of reusable bags in place of plastic bags; improving
our energy use and fuel efficiency or inspiring our customers to make
environmentally friendly purchasing decisions, we have a responsibility
as Canada's leading grocery retailer to reduce the environmental impact
of our day-to-day operations."
Some of Loblaw's environmental accomplishments in 2010 include:
Helping protect our oceans: In 2009 Loblaw announced a commitment to source all seafood sold in its retail
locations from sustainable sources by the end of 2013. Last year's
achievements include increasing the number of Marine Stewardship
Council (MSC) certified sustainable seafood products available to
customers and represents the most of any Canadian retailer and
adopting a policy of selling 100 per cent International Seafood
Sustainability Foundation canned tuna to facilitate the transition to
more MSC-certified products. Loblaw also launched a public awareness
campaign that included providing a documentary about the state of our
oceans, The 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.
Reducing the use of plastic shopping bags: In 2010, Loblaw customers used 73 per cent fewer plastic shopping
bags, which means 2.5 billion fewer bags were used by Loblaw customers
since 2007. Loblaw also introduced two new bagless stores where plastic
shopping bags are not available, bringing the total number of bagless
stores across Canada to seven.
Reduced energy consumption: Through store renovations Loblaw achieved a 3.2 per cent reduction in
electricity use per square foot relative to 2009. Loblaw continues to
investigate opportunities to reduce energy consumption through
technology advancements. This includes incorporating alternative
refrigeration design systems to help reduce refrigerant leaks;
installing automated energy management systems in select stores to
reduce lighting and energy use; and installing photovoltaic solar
panels on some store rooftops.
Improved fuel efficiency: In 2010, Loblaw improved fleet fuel efficiency by 2.3 per cent, which
is equivalent to 18 trips around the world in a Class 8 transport
truck. Loblaw continues to upgrade its fleet with low emission trucks,
and was the first Canadian grocery retailer to test a Class 8 transport
truck run by hybrid technology.
Increased waste diversion: In 2010 Loblaw saw a reduction of 2.3 million kilograms of packaging
contained in Loblaw control brand products, moving the Company closer
to achieving a five per cent reduction in the packaging used in Loblaw
control brand products by the end of 2014.
Fostering green advocates: Partial proceeds from the purchase of the $0.05 plastic shopping bags
have been donated by Loblaw to WWF to support a number of environmental
initiatives such as the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup™, National
Sweater Day™ and the WWF Green CommUnity Grants program that awarded grants totaling $600,000
to Canadian schools for environmental projects.
Increasing our greener options: In 2010 we introduced 37 new PC® G.R.E.E.N® products ranging from hypoallergenic diapers, lawn and garden,
stationery, pet accessories to household cleaning products to help
encourage customers to reduce their environmental footprints.
"Loblaw continues to be a corporate leader in sustainability," says
Hadley Archer, WWF's Vice-President of Strategic Partnerships. "Thanks
to their dedication, we are seeing responsible changes happening in the
global seafood industry. Loblaw doesn't stop there. The Company also
generously supports WWF campaigns that motivate Canadians to make small
changes that will have a global environmental impact. Congratulations
to everyone at Loblaw on this achievement."
Next month, Loblaw will be releasing its 2010 Corporate Social
Responsibility Report, which will provide updated information on the
full range of Loblaw's CSR commitments and achievements. Please visit
the responsibility page at loblaw.ca for more information.
Launched in 2007, the Canada's Greenest Employers competition is organized by the editors of the Canada's Top 100
Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers
that lead the nation in creating a corporate culture of environmental
awareness, have developed exceptional earth-friendly initiatives and
attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental
Employers are evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) the unique
environmental initiatives and programs they have developed; (2) the
extent to which they have been successful in reducing the
organization's own environmental footprint; (3) the degree to which
their employees are involved in these programs and whether they
contribute any unique skills; and (4) the extent to which these
initiatives have become linked to the employer's public identity and
whether they attract new people to the organization.
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.
SOURCE Loblaw Companies Limited
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