Loblaw releases 2nd annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report



    BRAMPTON, ON, April 8 /CNW/ - Today Loblaw Companies Limited is pleased
to announce the release of its second annual Corporate Social Responsibility
(CSR) report. The 2008 Loblaw Companies Limited Corporate Social
Responsibility Report: The Way We Do Business outlines the Company's approach
to social responsibility and presents the goals, achievements and challenges
on its CSR commitments. In an effort to reduce the amount of paper
distributed, the report can be found online at http://www.loblaw.ca/csr.
    "Playing a positive role in the communities in which we operate isn't new
for Loblaw. We are proud of our history and our responsible approach to
business. What is new is the how we think about CSR. We have evolved to focus
our objectives into specific targets where Loblaw can have the greatest impact
and moved to a more systematic approach by translating them into concrete and
measureable actions. We are pleased with our progress this year but recognize
that there is still a lot to do," said Galen G. Weston, Executive Chairman,
Loblaw Companies Limited. "We hope our colleagues and customers and other
stakeholders will take a moment and read Loblaw's CSR report online. We
encourage feedback and welcome the dialogue so that we can continue to build
our record of accountability."
    At the end of 2006, Loblaw set out to "Make Loblaw the Best Again". At
that time the Company developed five pillars of corporate social
responsibility that are driven by the company's mission to be Canada's best
food, health and home retailer by exceeding customer expectations through
innovative products at great prices. The five pillars are: 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.
    "In 2007, we worked steadily to set strategy and targets, confirm our
approach, including benchmarking ourselves against international CSR leaders
and establish ways to weave our pillars into the fabric of our organization,"
says Daniel Tremblay, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility,
Loblaw Companies Limited. "In 2008, we continued to build on that solid
foundation while becoming more diligent and vocal in communicating what we
have been doing and what we still need to do. We believe that this will help
our stakeholders know what we stand for and how they can partner with us to
effect positive change."

    
    Select Highlights from 2008:

    -  Diverted 328 million plastic shopping bags from landfill
    -  Reduced fuel consumption by 2.1 per cent per kilometer
    -  Diverted 70 per cent of corporate banner store waste from landfill in
       Ontario and Nova Scotia
    -  Reduced the size of flyers, thereby saving 5,200 tonnes of paper and
       more than 62,400 trees
    -  Opened an environmental flagship store in Scarborough, Ontario, built
       to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards
    -  Grew sales of Canadian produce by 10 per cent during our Grown Close
       to Home(TM) campaign
    -  Launched nine new Fair Trade Products, 10 seafood products certified
       by the Marine Stewardship Council and 68 new PC(R) Blue Menu(R)
       products
    -  Granted $9.5 million to more than 1,000 families across Canada through
       President's Choice(R) Children's Charity
    -  Announced a $3 million donation to Breakfast for Learning over the
       next three years through President's Choice(R) Children's Charity
    -  Established an Inclusion Council to champion diversity in the Company
    -  Accepted 3 million flower pots and flats for recycling, (through out
       store return program)
    

    In the development of Loblaw's social responsibility roadmap, Canadian
Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR), a national not-for-profit member
organization of businesses committed to implementing corporate social
responsibility in Canada, assisted the company in assessing current practices
and identifying gaps, as well as reviewing strategy and providing input into
identified priorities.
    "The release of Loblaw's 2008 CSR Report clearly shows the commitment of
this leading Canadian company to sustainable business practices, as well as
the significant steps they have made since they began reporting. Loblaw is
taking a leadership role, demonstrating CSR best practices and in turn
impacting their customers, employees and supply chain. CBSR is delighted to
have supported Loblaw in both the development of strategy and the embedding of
their principles into practice." says Adine Mees president and CEO, CBSR.

    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 over
139,000 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 consumers. 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(R), no name(R) and Joe
Fresh Style(R) brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers
President's Choice Financial(R) services and offers the PC(R) points loyalty
program.





For further information:

For further information: or images, please contact: Julija Hunter, Sr.
Director, Corporate Affairs, Loblaw Companies Limited, (905) 459-2500 ext.
6078, Julija.Hunter@loblaw.ca


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