Ahold included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indices (DJSI) for the sixth consecutive year

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold’s position as a responsible retailer has been confirmed, following its inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indices (DJSI). Published today, the ranking recognizes the progress that Ahold has made in recent years with its Reshaping Retail strategy. Ahold scored an average of 75 (out […]

VIA initiative to support the development of methodology for assessing the impacts of FSC forest management certification

The VIA Initiative LONDON, 2014-9-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — By 2050 we’re likely to need three times more wood than we do today, yet forests are fighting for their lives as the ground they stem from is being sought for alternative uses. The key to keeping forests standing is to make them viable so […]

Marks & Spencer to reduce its carbon footprint by over 6,400 tonnes with the acquisition of 35,000 Mega-Watt hours of biomethane certificates

LONDON, 2014-9-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer (M&S) has agreed a landmark deal with Future Biogas for the purchase of 35,000 Mega-Watt hours of biomethane certificates, a move which will reduce its carbon footprint by over 6,400 tonnes and source the equivalent amount of energy to heat 15 M&S Simply Food stores […]

Tesco-owned supermarket chain in Turkey Kipa launched its 2014 Corporate Responsibility report

İzmir, Turkey, 2014-9-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Our business in Turkey – Kipa – has today launched its 2014 Corporate Responsibility report. The report details the excellent progress our Turkish business has made over the last year in terms of embedding the ‘we use our scale for good’ corporate responsibility strategy. Notable achievements include […]

H&M participates in World Water Week in Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — World Water Week is one of the world´s most influential water conventions. This week it’s taking place in Stockholm. Energy and Water is this year’s theme and the leading minds in water will discuss how to develop and manage energy and water for the good of society and ecosystems. H&M […]

New Zealand: Foodstuffs began rolling out its new sustainable Seafood Boxes to its PAK’nSAVE and New World stores across the North Island

North Island, New Zealand, 2014-9-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Ltd today announced it has begun rolling out its new sustainable Seafood Boxes to its PAK’nSAVE and New World stores across the North Island. Over the last three years the Seafood Team has been working hard to develop a more environmentally friendly solution to […]

Walmart announced new commitment to advance energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact of its China-based manufacturers

Walmart builds on ongoing commitment to boost energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact of China supply chain SHENZHEN, China, 2014-8-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — At today’s Walmart Supplier Summit in Shenzhen, Walmart announced a new commitment to further strengthen the sustainability of its global supply chain by advancing the energy efficiency of its China-based manufacturers. The commitment […]

H&M again tops the list of the world’s biggest users of certified organic cotton according to Textile Exchange’s latest Organic Cotton Market Report 2013

H&M is again topping the list of the world’s biggest users of certified organic cotton, according to Textile Exchange’s latest Organic Cotton Market Report 2013. With a 29% increase in the last year, H&M manifests its leading position. This is part of the company’s strategic target to use only more sustainable cotton by 2020. Stockholm, […]

Morrisons becomes UK’s first retailer to sign the Responsible Can Packaging Pledge

Bradford, England, 2014-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons is the first UK retailer to sign the Responsible Can Packaging Pledge, meaning it will not produce or sell any carbonated product with more than four units of alcohol in a single-serve can. The Responsible Can Packaging Pledge forms part of the Department of Health’sResponsibility Deal, which aims to engage manufacturers […]

Sainsbury’s the first UK retailer to recycle its old food crates into more efficient ones made from 100% recycled material

LONDON, 2014-7-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Recycling these crates to a more efficient crate type will significantly reduce empty crate transport – reducing the number of road journeys needed to transport crates back to suppliers. The crates, recycled for Sainsbury’s by Schoeller Allibert, are the first in the UK to be made from 100% recycled material […]

Wegmans installs solar panels on the roof of office building near corporate headquarters and built two arrays of solar panels at the Wegmans Organic Farm

ROCHESTER, NY, 2014-7-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The sun’s rays lift spirits and make flowers, fruits and vegetables grow. The sun is also an abundant source of renewable energy when solar panels convert its radiance into electricity. To learn how big a role the sun can play in helping Wegmans Food Markets meet its energy needs, the […]

Biffa and Sainsbury’s celebrate innovative facility that lets Sainsbury’s Cannock store to run on power generated solely from the supermarket’s own food waste

LONDON, 2014-7-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Industry partners Biffa and Sainsbury’s are today celebrating an innovative facility that will allow Sainsbury’s Cannock store to run on power generated solely from the supermarket’s own food waste. Using Biffa’s advanced anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities and a unique power link up, Sainsbury’s Cannock store will be powered using electricity generated […]

Sainsbury’s announces £200 million corporate ‘green’ loan to invest in on-going carbon reduction and sustainability projects

LONDON, 2014-7-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s today announces it has agreed a £200 million corporate ‘green’ loan to invest in on-going carbon reduction and sustainability projects. Whilst Green Bonds are now increasingly issued by institutions to support environmental and sustainable initiatives, this is the first time that a commercial loan has been structured to do […]

Carrefour announced it is one of the founding partners of Solutions COP21

PARIS, 2014-7-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the world prepares for COP21 – the United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled to be held in Paris in December 2015 – Solutions COP21 has created an original scheme for showcasing initiatives and solutions to do with climate. It was launched on 9 July 2014, and Carrefour is one […]

ICSC: Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act to accelerate cost savings associated with the adoption of voluntary energy efficient construction practices in commercial and residential buildings

WASHINGTON, 2014-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced the Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act (H.R. 5027).  This legislation would accelerate cost savings associated with the adoption of voluntary energy efficient construction practices in commercial and residential buildings. The bill would ensure that those choosing to adopt baseline […]

Sainsbury’s launches first and exclusive Freedom Food-labelled rainbow trout farmed in Loch Etive

LONDON, 2014-7-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Good news for ethical shoppers as the first and exclusive Freedom Food-labelled rainbow trout launches today. Available in 400 stores, Loch Trout Fillets are available from the fresh counter and in the aisle. The fish are farmed in Loch Etive, a sea loch on the west coast of Scotland, resulting […]

Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks, Columbia Association and Wegmans store in Columbia partner to introduce Howard County’s Nature Quest and the Wegmans Passport to Family Wellness

COLUMBIA, MD, 2014-7-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks (HCRP), Columbia Association (CA) and Wegmans store in Columbia are teaming up to introduce Howard County’s Nature Quest and the Wegmans Passport to Family Wellness, an initiative to encourage usage of the county’s excellent trail network. First developed by Wegmans in 2005, the […]

IKEA plugged-in the expansion of Maryland’s largest rooftop solar array on distribution center in Perryville

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2014-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially plugged-in an expansion of the solar array completed last April atop its Perryville, Maryland distribution center, the state’s largest such solar energy system. Installation of the new panels began Fall 2013, and since then have nearly doubled the size of the […]

Sainsbury’s Cannock store to run on power generated solely from the supermarket’s own food waste

LONDON, 2014-6-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Industry partners Biffa and Sainsbury’s are today celebrating an innovative facility that will allow Sainsbury’s Cannock store to run on power generated solely from the supermarket’s own food waste. Using Biffa’s advanced anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities and a unique power link up, Sainsbury’s Cannock store will be powered using electricity generated […]

Foodstuffs implements new waste management plan for its PAK’nSAVE and New World stores nationwide

Waiheke, New Zealand, 2014-6-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs is currently implementing a new waste management plan for its PAK’nSAVE and New World stores nationwide. The plan promises to reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill by literally hundreds of tonnes each week. Foodstuffs is currently implementing a new waste management plan for its PAK’nSAVE and […]

Harris Teeter’s Plaza Midwood location in Charlotte, N.C. now LEED-certified project by U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute

Project is Company’s Sixth Store to Achieve LEED Certification Matthews, N.C., 2014-6-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Harris Teeter announced its Plaza Midwood location in Charlotte, N.C. is now officially recognized as a LEED-certified project by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).  LEED is the nation’s preeminent program […]

Carrefour announced its intention to support the From North producers’ fishery as part of its strategy to have its sole line MSC-assessed

An opportunity for Carrefour to bolster its policy on protecting biodiversity and natural resources PARIS, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to a recent United Nations report on food and agriculture (FAO), world fish consumption has increased dramatically over the last 50 years, practically doubling between 1960 and 2012 – mainly thanks to aquaculture. Carrefour factors […]

Carrefour Brazil launched its 138th recyclable materials drop-off station in São Paulo

São Paulo, Brazil, 2014-6-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — On June 4th, 2014, Carrefour Brazil launched today in São Paulo its 138th recyclable materials drop-off station, as part of its sustainability program “Recycling Stations”, which is carried out in partnership with the multinationals Mondelēz and Tetra Pak. The three companies invested around 4 million Reais in the […]

Sainsbury’s to help plant millions of native British trees across Centenary Woods in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

LONDON, 2014-6-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is marking its ten year partnership with the Woodland Trust by announcing a new partnership to support the charity’s commemorative First World War Centenary Woods project. Customers who buy Sainsbury’s Woodland free range eggs, chicken and turkey will not only be buying higher welfare produce – they will be […]

Marks & Spencer publishes new, agile and stronger sustainable business plan in its 2014 “Plan A Report”

LONDON, 2014-6-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer (M&S) today publishes its 2014 Plan A Report which launches a new, agile and stronger sustainable business plan which extends Plan A across M&S’ international business over the next six years. Called Plan A 2020, the 100 commitment plan retains and strengthens M&S’ 2015 eco and ethical commitments and includes […]

LVMH joins European Commission to promote best environmental practices by businesses in conjunction with Green Week 2014

PARIS, 2014-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the third consecutive year, LVMH is joining the European Commission to promote best environmental practices by businesses in conjunction with Green Week 2014. The theme this year is “Circular Economy”, with a focus on building awareness among a broad public of the need to protect the environment. From June […]

IKEA in Merriam to install largest rooftop solar array in Kansas before the store’s opening in Fall 2014

MERRIAM, KS, 2014-5-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced solar energy plans for its Kansas City-area store opening Fall 2014 in Merriam, KS. Pending permits, rooftop panel installation will begin next month, with completion before the store’s opening, making the project the largest rooftop solar array in the State […]

Hy-Vee’s seafood sustainability efforts ranked fifth among the country’s top 26 retailers according to Greenpeace USA report

Hy-Vee’s Seafood Procurement Policy and Responsible Choice program lauded as ‘remarkable’ and efforts debut as fifth best in U.S. WEST DES MOINES, IA, 2014-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the world of seafood sustainability, Hy-Vee has quickly become a big fish in a big pond. In the Carting Away the Oceans: 2014 Rankings of Seafood […]

Walmart to double the number of on-site solar energy projects at its U.S. stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers by 2020

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 2014-5-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — At an event with President Barack Obama, Walmart today announced that it will double the number of on-site solar energy projects at its U.S. stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers by 2020. The commitment is part of Walmart’s global initiative to drive the production or procurement of […]

Sainsbury’s the UK’s first retailer to launch Marine Stewardship Council certified sustainable tuna sandwich

LONDON, 2014-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is the UK’s first retailer to launch a MSC certified sustainable tuna sandwich. With a range of MSC certified pole & line caught sandwiches and salads launching this month, it follows the retailer’s introduction of MSC certified canned skipjack tuna sourced from the Maldives in 2013. The range, including […]