Loblaw only grocer on Canada’s Greenest Employers list

For the third consecutive year, Loblaw has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers by Mediacorp. Canada.

Loblaw was the only grocer on the list.

“Loblaw and its colleagues, employees and franchise owners are committed to being one of Canada’s Greenest Employers,” said Bob Chant, senior vice-president, corporate affairs and communication, Loblaw, in a media release. “As Canada’s largest grocery retailer Loblaw takes seriously its responsibility to continue to reduce the environmental impact of our operations through the sourcing of sustainable products, environmentally friendly purchasing decisions and by reducing energy consumption.”

Some of the reasons why Loblaw was selected by Mediacorp. include: having a senior director of environmental affairs who helps oversee and measure the success of its programs; launching more than 80 President’s Choice GREEN products, making it easier for Canadians to reduce their environmental impact; introducing new Fair-Trade certified products and launching an impressive Sustainable Seafood Commitment to ensure that 100 per cent of all seafood sold in its stores is sourced from sustainable sources by the end of 2013; installing rooftop solar panel arrays on two Ont. stores with two more to follow; a flagship Toronto store meets Leadership and Energy and Environmental (LEED) design, along with its first LEED designed distribution centre in Surrey; and is working towards diverting 70 per cent of its in-store waste from the landfill.

On April 30, Loblaw will release its 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which will provide updated information on the full range of Loblaw’s Corporate Social Responsibility commitments and achievements.


Clearing up food date label confusion

The Consumer Goods Forum and Champions 12.3 are calling for companies worldwide to simplify food date labels by 2020 in an effort to reduce food waste