Kroger wins SEAL 2023 business sustainability award for Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Impact Plan

The SEAL awards recognize leadership, transparency and commitment to sustainable business practices.
Sandra Levy
Senior Editor
Sandra Levy profile picture

Kroger has been named a 2023 SEAL Business Sustainability Awards winner in the Environmental Initiatives category. The SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement and Leadership) Awards honor the organizations and leaders dedicated to making real progress on the most pressing issues of our time, including climate change and environmental challenges. Kroger received the honor in recognition of its signature Zero Hunger | Zero Waste impact plan.

"We are honored to receive the SEAL Award for Kroger's continued focus on creating a world free from hunger and waste," said Mary Ellen Adcock, Kroger's senior vice president, operations. "As our store and facility teams work to implement this vision and uplift the communities we serve, we appreciate the recognition of our progress and transparency."

[Read more: Kroger’s Boost membership launches nationally]

In the first five years of the impact plan, Kroger and its associates achieved:

  • $1.65 billion in giving to hunger relief, which includes 582 million pounds of surplus food donated, for a total of 2.9 billion meals directed to communities;
  • $54.6 million in grants from the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation; and
  • $5.2 million in Innovation Fund grants for social entrepreneurs through the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation's signature program.

"We are especially honored to receive this recognition after working to deepen the integration of Zero Hunger | Zero Waste in our operations the last two years," said Keith Dailey, Kroger's group vice president of corporate affairs and chief sustainability officer. "Kroger's operatorsfrom retail operations to merchandising and Our Brands leadersare driving incredible progress against the company's ambitious goals through innovation and execution in stores and across the enterprise."

[Read More: Kroger opens fulfillment center in Wisconsin’s Village of Pleasant Prairie]

SEAL Award winners are determined by a holistic methodology that measures applicants against established benchmark metrics demonstrating true impact and progress towards a healthy planet and a sustainable future.