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Safeway named one of the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Monday announced it has been named one of the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. This is the fourth time and third consecutive year that Safeway has been recognized by Ethisphere for its commitment to maintaining superior business practices. Safeway is the only U.S. large retailer to receive this distinction. 

"It is an honor to be included on the prestigious WME list and to be among businesses whose principles and practices uphold the highest standards of ethics and corporate social responsibility," stated Larree Renda, Safeway EVP and chair of the Safeway Foundation. "By establishing standards that go beyond basic norms and legal requirements, Safeway and the other WME businesses foster ideals and innovations that benefit their industries and communities."

The Ethisphere Institute is an independent center of research, best practices and thought leadership that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and compliance and enables organizations to improve governance, mitigate risk and enhance relationships with employees, business partners, investors and the broad regulatory community. For the past eight years, it annually selects companies from throughout the world for its WME list.

"In today’s complex global economy, it can be increasingly challenging for companies to meet performance expectations, while addressing the varying regulatory, compliance and sustainability needs across geographies and cultures," commented Tim Erblich, CEO of the Ethisphere Institute. "Global economic and social challenges from anti-corruption to security and privacy are accelerating the need for companies and organizations to embrace ethics and governance as critical business imperatives…These organizations have taken this challenge head on and recognize that leading ethical business practices present an unprecedented opportunity to deliver significant tangible and intangible organizational benefits."

Safeway is an industry leader in principled business practices, environmental sustainability and effective community outreach. For the last three years, the company has been at the top of the US Greenpeace Supermarket Seafood Sustainability scorecard, a ranking of sustainability practices for grocers. In 2013, Safeway was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America for the fifth year in a row and to the Carbon Disclosure Project for the fifth consecutive year.   

In February of this year, President Obama chose Safeway’s Maryland distribution center as the site of an announcement where he called for new fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks. The President praised Safeway saying, "By improving the aerodynamics of its trucks, investing in larger trailers, more efficient tires, Safeway has improved its own fuel efficiency. And the results are so solid that Safeway now encourages all the companies it hires to ship its products to do the same."

The company’s significant community outreach and philanthropic initiatives include raising and donating millions of dollars annually to benefit a range of non-profits, including food banks, schools, cancer research centers and numerous organizations assisting people with disabilities. Collectively, those funds average $200 million annually.

 

 

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Sugar in the Raw gets new variety

BY Ryan Chavis

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Cumberland Packing Corp.’s In the Raw sweetener brand announced Sugar in the Raw Organic White, an organic, unbleached cane sugar. National distribution is set to begin this month in leading grocers and specialty health food stores across the United States.

"We are thrilled to offer a wholesome alternative to refined white sugar. We understand that our consumers are increasingly health and eco-conscious and we want to meet that demand by providing the best ingredients available. Because Sugar In The Raw Organic White is Eco-Social certified, USDA Organic and non-GMO, it’s a good choice for you and the environment too," said Steven Eisenstadt, CEO of Cumberland Packing Corp.

Sugar in the Raw Organic White comes in a 24-oz. resealable and environmentally friendly recyclable bag, and has a suggested retail price of $3.84.

 

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Walgreens is expanding Boots No7 line into New York City

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is expanding the distribution of its Boots’ No7 beauty brand across its New York City store base, Greg Wasson, president and CEO Walgreens, told analysts Tuesday morning. "We completed the rollout to 10 stores in February and plan to reach 150 stores in the City," Wasson said. 

"Our New York City expansion follows our successful launch of Boots No7 and other Boots brands in our Arizona market and in our flagship stores across the country," Wasson added. "We feel good with our pilot rollout of the Boots brands in Arizona … we’re seeing some pretty good results, not only with the brand specifically but in the total category itself, which is encouraging," Wasson said. 

"It’s about the whole experience, it’s not just about the product," commented Alec Gourlay, EVP and president customer experience and daily living at Walgreens. "It’s about the customer care that surrounds the product, and we’ve seen that consistently [bloom] in Phoenix and in the 10 stores that we have operating in New York," he said. "[It’s] certainly encouraging Walgreens shoppers to shop a bit more in beauty already. And it’s not just No7, it’s Boots brands beyond that."

Walgreens launched several Boots product brands, including No7, across Walgreens stores in the Phoenix market last year. Previously, three other Boots product brands were launched nationally in Walgreens stores, including No7 Men, Mark Hill Salon Professional and Indeed Laboratories.

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