Sustainability at Kroger
As America’s grocer, Kroger is committed to advancing positive change in our company and our communities to protect people and our planet. Through Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan, we are on a journey to end hunger in the places we call home and eliminate waste across our company by 2025. We have ambitious sustainability goals for 2020, thoughtful plans to drive innovation, strong partnerships and committed associates. Together, we live Our Purpose – to Feed the Human Spirit™ – every day.
Read Our 2019 Sustainability Report
Sustainable Supply Chain
Our customers and stakeholders want to know more about the food they eat – where it comes from and how it’s made. They all want to feel good about our choices. As one of the world’s largest retailers, Kroger focuses on improving transparency in our supply chain, from sourcing sustainable raw ingredients and fresh products to advancing fair labor practices and animal welfare.
Read more about how we are improving Responsible Sourcing in our 2020 Sustainability Goals progress update.
High-impact commodities are products that have the potential for greater social, environmental or economic impacts because of where and how they are produced or processed. Kroger actively looks for opportunities to influence positive change in our supply chain – examples include seafood, cocoa, palm oil, conflict minerals and flowers.
Kroger is quickly becoming a top destination when customers are looking for affordable and accessible organic and natural foods. We offer thousands of natural, organic and eco-friendly product choices to meet our customers’ needs and preferences for their families and homes.
The Simple Truth®
We offer thousands of natural, organic and eco-friendly product choices to meet our customers’ needs and preferences for their families and homes. Our natural and organics brand, Simple Truth®, reached $2.3 billion in annual sales in 2018. These items have clearly defined product standards, including being “free from” 101 artificial preservatives and ingredients. We offer more than 1,550 unique Simple Truth® or Simple Truth Organic™ products across a wide variety of categories.Learn More
Kroger is committed to improving sustainability – using natural resources responsibly, reducing the impact of our operations and eliminating waste. Read more about how we are improving Eco-Stewardship in our 2020 Sustainability Goals progress update. We focus our work on waste reduction and diversion, reducing our energy and climate impacts, and increasing water efficiency.
As part of Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, Kroger is committed to eliminating waste across our company by 2025. In 2018, we continued to advance progress on our goal by reducing and recovering more waste and increasing the adoption of circular models in our operations. As a result of our associates’ hard work, we diverted 76% of waste from landfill, company-wide. Our work has also focused on driving innovation: last year, we made the commitment to phase out single-use plastic bags in our stores and we announced our partnership with Loop, the new e-commerce platform that employs durable packaging.Learn More
Reducing our carbon footprint is an important pillar in Kroger’s sustainability commitment, and we continue to invest in energy efficiency and low-carbon technologies. Increasing energy efficiency, reducing refrigerant emissions and using more renewable energy are key areas of focus.Learn More About Our Energy Reduction Work