Sainsbury’s is part of new UK government initiative to improve lives of workers and farmers in supply chains around the world

London, UK, 2014-1-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is part of a new £4 million UK government initiative to improve the lives of workers and farmers in supply chains around the world.

Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsbury’s Brand, says:

“As part of Sainsbury’s commitment to creating a positive impact in the countries we source from, we are proud to be partnering with DfID on two new projects in Africa.

An innovative radio show will give thousands of small scale farmers, workers and communities in Kenya access to vital education and skills to address challenging social issues.Coupled with the delivery of a training programme for fruit supply chain workers in South Africa, both projects will contribute to securing healthier lives and more sustainable livelihoods for those that need it most.

By investing in nurturing skills, supporting development and encouraging healthier lives, Sainsbury’s is ensuring our customers will have the best quality fresh products today and in the years ahead.”

In Kenya, we are embarking on a ground-breaking project involving over 26,000 farmers and workers – plus their families and communities – who supply our vegetables, flowers and tea. An exciting and informative radio show will be broadcast over 6 months (by partner Well Told Story), addressing issues such as financial literacy, nutrition and health, giving listeners valuable knowledge and skills for healthier lives and more secure futures. We will also work with local NGO Real Impact, to construct a demonstration farm where workers can learn more about how to grow and cook more nutritious food to feed themselves and their families.

An ambitious project involving workers in Sainsbury’s fruit supply chains across five regions in South Africa, we will be working with the National Training Institute to deliver courses to provide skills and opportunities for participants to gain better and more secure jobs. Some of those involved will have the chance to travel to the UK to see what happens when the apples, pears, grapes and nectarines they pick or pack, reach our stores.


Sainsbury’s is part of new UK government initiative to improve lives of workers and farmers in supply chains around the world

Sainsbury’s is part of new UK government initiative to improve lives of workers and farmers in supply chains around the world

Kingfisher CEO Sir Ian Cheshire: circular economy, a world where creating and using products wastes nothing

London, UK, 2014-1-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Innovation is critical to what we want to do as a business: making it easier for people to have better homes and better lives.

In turn, it is through innovation that we will build our future as a business. We believe that closed loop thinking has the potential to be a game changer for our innovation. That’s why it’s a pleasure to be sharing with you here the first lessons from a revolution in innovation.

Closed loop thinking – also known as the circular economy – is an idea for a different way of doing business. It underpins our vision for Net Positive Innovation, a world where creating and using products wastes nothing. Over the last few years, we’ve been working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to pioneer this new thinking. It’s already clear that this is an idea that engages people and inspires change.

For me, one of the most exciting things about closed loop innovation is that this is going to drive the next generation of business growth for Kingfisher. Why? Put simply, if done well, closed loop innovation can cushion our business from price volatility, provide us with competitive advantage, help us to enter new markets and enable us to build better relationships with customers and suppliers. If we can make closed loop a reality in our business – pushing ourselves to develop new closed loop products and services, showcasing what’s possible and encouraging suppliers to innovate – I believe that in five or ten years’ time, we can become famous as a market-leading closed loop business.

To close the loop, we must think differently – right from the initial design phase through the entire manufacturing process. It will require new business practices, such as ‘take back’ services. We can’t perfectly close every single loop in one go. By taking the first steps, however, what we can do is radically cut the amount of resources, energy and costs involved and potentially create new forms of income.

Our target is to get to 1,000 products with closed loop credentials by 2020. I could argue that out of our 40,000 products, that level of ambition is not enough. This first phase is about developing pathfinder ideas for closing the loop at Kingfisher, getting  our supply chain engaged in creative new ways of operating, and activating the collective brains of 80,000 people across the Kingfisher Group to work on this  challenge. In this booklet, we highlight some of the key projects we’ve undertaken to close the loop in our innovation. Already there are some others in the pipeline, including some in early stage development supported by funding from the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board. These are the foundations for making a circular economy a practical reality.

Dame Ellen MacArthur: A paradigm shift in retail

London, UK, 2014-1-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — In today’s dominant economic model the consumer walks away with, and ultimately throws away, the product and all the valuable materials and resources within it.

The result is a linear flow of resources, materials and products – and, importantly for retail, it means once you’ve sold your product, you’ve lost those materials forever.

Resources are finite, but the demand for materials continues to grow, as does the volatility of prices. That’s why it is my conviction that business can benefit by creating circular material flows – generating value again and again. Those financial benefits have been proven through our research with McKinsey. For business, the circular economy provides the opportunity to improve resilience and competitiveness, regain control of resources and ultimately drive growth.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation focuses on the key pressure points and levers that will accelerate the transition to a circular economy, and working alongside our global partners to help create concrete business offerings is an integral part of our mission.

Kingfisher was instrumental in the creation of the Foundation three years ago and has supported its work ever since. What they saw early on was that a different, better model was possible and have enthusiastically taken up the challenge of rethinking their business practices.

Today, the projects and products that Kingfisher is developing are important because they indicate the start of a new wave of thinking – a change to the way business is done, and they demonstrate how we can make the shift. There is intent right across the business from the top down. They realise the extent of the challenge – that this is not just about one perfectly closed loop product or a small set of individuals in innovation teams – it’s a change across the business and throughout the systems it operates in. What I find most encouraging is the amount of effort put into product development and business model research to turn Kingfisher’s circular economy vision into a reality.

The innovation I’m seeing at Kingfisher, and in pioneering businesses elsewhere, makes me optimistic for the future. When we started working on the concept of a circular economy, it immediately appeared as a tangible solution to the challenges brought about by resource constraints. Having demonstrated its potential and now seeing pioneering companies actively engaged in the transition, I have never felt more convinced.

Walmart to launch new $10 million fund for innovation in American manufacturing

Washington, D.C., US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Walmart U.S. President and CEO Bill Simon joined 280 of the nation’s mayors in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Meeting to announce a new fund for innovation in American manufacturing and a new supplier commitment to bring production of bikes and jobs to South Carolina.

The $10 million fund for innovation:
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will fund the five-year program and work in collaboration with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to launch it in March. The fund will provide grants to innovators in the manufacturing sector and seeks to create new processes, ideas, and jobs that support America’s growing manufacturing footprint.

“If we want to grow manufacturing and help rebuild America’s middle class, we need the brightest minds in our universities, in our think tanks, and in our towns to tackle obstacles to U.S. manufacturing,” said Simon. “The $10 million fund will identify and award leaders in manufacturing innovation and help us all work together to create opportunity.”

Last year Walmart announced that it will buy an additional $50 billion in American products. That’s $50 billion more than it does today 10 years from now. Walmart estimates that its $50 billion pledge, in the 10th year, will result in Walmart buying an additional $250 billion cumulatively over the next 10 years. This pledge is in an effort to grow U.S. manufacturing and encourage the creation of U.S. jobs.

The Boston Consulting Group predicts that this $250 billion investment will create one million jobs, when you include the jobs in manufacturing and related services.

Kent Bicycles:
Kent Bicycles announced it is moving production from overseas to Clarendon, S.C. According to Kent, when at full capacity in 2016, they will have added at least 175 jobs and will be assembling 500,000 bikes annually. The company, based in Parsippany, N.J., expects to start production in the fall of 2014.

“We look forward to bringing production to South Carolina,” said Arnold Kamler, owner of Kent Bicycles. “Our company moved all manufacturing overseas in 1990 because it was so much more cost effective. When Walmart made its commitment to U.S. manufacturing last year, it opened our eyes to restarting some manufacturing here. We attended Walmart’s August manufacturing summit and were able to focus our efforts quickly and make things happen with South Carolina.”

“Those that have already taken the risk to move or expand manufacturing in the U.S. tell us they are experiencing a first-mover advantage—a significant leg-up in terms of market-share and momentum,” added Simon. “Kent Bicycles is taking the opportunity to become one of those first-movers with its facility in South Carolina.”

“It’s exciting to see a leading manufacturer, like Kent Bicycles, choose South Carolina to manufacture bicycles, a mainstay of an American childhood. We celebrate the company’s decision to create at least 175 new jobs and produce a half a million bicycles annually in Clarendon County, and we are pleased that Walmart’s commitment to domestic manufacturing is accelerating real progress on the issue,” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Walmart also announced that it will host its second U.S. manufacturing summit in Denver, Colo., in August 2014. One focus of this year’s summit will be connecting manufacturers in need of component parts to factories with excess capacity.

“Many factories aren’t operating at full capacity. By working together, we have an opportunity to repurpose or help add production to some of these communities,” said Simon. “This will help rebuild the American supply chain to support U.S. manufacturing and create more jobs.”

Walmart’s first summit in August 2013 brought together more than 1,500 attendees, including 500 suppliers, 34 states and government officials to discuss opportunities to create jobs, restore communities and drive economic growth.

Additional supplier information:

  • 72 percent of Walmart suppliers believe that manufacturing in the U.S. will be cost favorable within four years or less.
  • 40 different departments at Walmart are in active discussions with suppliers to manufacture here.

For additional information about Walmart’s commitment to U.S. manufacturing, visit:

About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit our 11,096 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2013 sales of approximately $466 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting on Facebook at and on Twitter at Online merchandise sales are available at and


Apple® announced iBooks® Textbooks and iTunes U® Course Manager are expanding worldwide

iBooks Textbooks & iTunes U Course Manager Now Available in Over 50 Countries

Cupertino, CA, US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple® today announced iBooks® Textbooks and iTunes U® Course Manager are expanding into new markets across Asia, Latin America, Europe and elsewhere around the world. iBooks Textbooks bring Multi-Touch™ textbooks with dynamic, current and interactive content to teachers and students in 51 countries now including Brazil, Italy and Japan; and iTunes U Course Manager, available in 70 countries now including Russia, Thailand and Malaysia, allows educators to create and distribute courses for their own classrooms, or share them publicly, on the iTunes U app.

“The incredible content and tools available for iPad provide teachers with new ways to customize learning unlike ever before,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We can’t wait to see how teachers in even more countries will create their new lesson plans with interactive textbooks, apps and rich digital content.”

iBooks Textbooks offer iPad® users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, rotating 3D diagrams, flick-through photo galleries and tap-to-play videos. iBooks Textbooks don’t weigh down a backpack, can be updated as events unfold and don’t need to be returned. With nearly 25,000 educational titles created by independent publishers, teachers and leading education services companies, including new educational content from Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Hodder Education, iBooks Textbooks now cover 100 percent of US high school core curriculum and the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) core curriculum in the UK.

“Oxford University Press is using iBooks Author for Headway, Oxford’s all-time best-selling English language series, to create engaging iBooks Textbooks for iPad,” said Peter Marshall, Managing Director, ELT Division at Oxford University Press. “In releasing 13 new iBooks Textbooks, including ‘Headway Pre-Intermediate,’ the best-selling level in the series, we are enriching the language learning experience for students around the world.”

“We believe resources like iBooks Textbooks represent a monumental shift in learning because they engage multiple capacities of each individual student,” said Miguel Dominguez, Marketing Director of Imaxina Novas Tecnoloxias in Spain, an independent educational content developer and publisher of iBooks Textbooks, including “The Senses,” which incorporates interactive elements such as video and animated images of the human eye and ear to illustrate how the body works.

With iTunes U Course Manager educators can quickly and easily share their knowledge and resources directly with their class or to a global audience on iTunes U. This free iOS app gives millions of learners access to the world’s largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools, leading universities and prominent institutions. iTunes U Course manager also gives teachers the ability to integrate their own documents as part of course curriculum, as well as content from the Internet, hundreds of thousands of books on the iBooks Store, over 750,000 materials from existing iTunes U collections, or any of the more than one million iOS apps available on the revolutionary App Store℠.

“iPad is so much more than just a textbook or just a notepad for students—it’s a powerful educational tool, a study partner, a window into the past and a glimpse of the future,” said Sophie Post, fourth grade history teacher at UK’s Falkner House school. “Teaching history was once a static timeline of events. In leveraging the entire educational ecosystem of iPad, creating my own iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U courses, and pulling in apps like History: Maps of the World, studying history has suddenly become a creative, dynamic and truly transformative experience for my pupils.”

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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Meijer now with free Wi-Fi access in all its stores

Meijer mPerks subscription reaches two-million customers, free Wi-Fi in stores enhances digital coupon program

Grand Rapids, MI, US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Digital coupon use is at an all-time high with more than 2 million Meijer shoppers now subscribed to the free mPerks program, and Meijer has made significant investments to make digital savings easier for its customers.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer now has free Wi-Fi capability in all its stores, making it easier for customers to access their mPerks accounts and the Meijer mobile app, freeing up their smartphone data plans for other uses.

“Our customers are relying on digital tools more than ever as they shop, which is why we’re constantly providing them with resources to enhance their shopping experience,” said Michael Ross, vice president of customer marketing and emerging technology. “And, now with free Wi-Fi in our stores, we’re offering an additional cost savings because our customers no longer have to use their data plans while shopping.”

The retailer’s open Wi-Fi network gives its savvy, deal-seeking mPerks subscribers the opportunity to easily review and clip digital coupons while in the store.

Growth in the retailer’s mPerks digital coupon program has been steep, surpassing 2 million subscribers last month – just one year after hitting the 1 million subscriber milestone. In December alone, the program generated more than 129,000 new members, nearly 31 million clipped offers, and $12.6 million in savings issued to customers. The program has a redemption rate up to four times higher than the national average.

The retailer attributes the program’s success to a variety of recent enhancements, including a new mPerks website; personalized, baby and pharmacy rewards; and offers bundled by theme that have created new ways for the customer to save.

The Wi-Fi investment also helps the nearly 650,000 Meijer mobile app users to conveniently manage their entire shopping trip. The Meijer app is available as a free download for iPhone and Android smartphones through Apple Inc.’s App Store and the Android Market, and has many popular features, including:

  • View and clip digital coupons with the mPerks program
  • Create and check off items on a shopping list
  • Browse sale items and save to shopping list
  • Earn total purchase savings from Personalized, Pharmacy and Baby Reward programs
  • Receive maps to a nearby Meijer store
  • Search and find products on a store map

“We’re pleased that so many of our customers are taking advantage of the time- and money-saving resources we have in place,” Ross said. “We’re dedicated to finding solutions to enhance their shopping experience.”

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

Contact:    Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968,

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Meijer now with free Wi-Fi access in all its stores

Meijer now with free Wi-Fi access in all its stores

H&M now number 64 on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index

H&M is ranked number 64 on the Global 100 annual list of the most sustainable companies in the world.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yesterday the 2014 iteration of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World (Global 100) index was released. H&M is included in the list for the fifth consecutive year and climbed to rank 64 overall (up from 73 in 2013). H&M is the highest ranking retailing company and together with Adidas (8) the only fashion company representing the list.

The Global 100 Methodology

Qualifying Global 100 companies are scored on a list of twelve quantitative key performance indicators that range from energy and water use, to employee compensation and corporate tax strategy.

Because the indicators are quantitative and clearly-defined, the results of the Global 100 are objective and replicable. The Global 100 follows a rules-based construction methodology and is more similar to a financial index than many other sustainability indices.

Read more about the Global 100 index


Kesko the only Finnish company to make “The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” list

Kesko is the only Finnish company that has been included in ‘The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ list since it was established in 2005. In RobecoSAM’s Sustainability Yearbook 2014, Kesko received the Silver Class distinction in the Food & Staples Retailing Industry category. 

Helsinki, Finland, 2014-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — ‘The 2014 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ list was announced at the meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos on 22 January. Kesko has been included in the list since it was established in 2005, in other words, ten times already.

The list is prepared by the Canadian Corporate Knights Inc. and the ranking is based on research among around 4,000 global listed companies. Companies were assessed on 12 sustainable performance indicators within the dimensions of economic, social and environmental responsibility.
The 2014 Global 100 list is available at

Kesko awarded Silver Class distinction in RobecoSAM’s Sustainability Yearbook
Kesko has received the Silver Class distinction in the Food & Staples Retailing Industry category in the Sustainability Yearbook 2014. Within the industry, the Gold Class distinction was awarded to Woolworths Ltd and J Sainsbury PLC. Koninklijke Ahold NV shared the Silver Class distinction with Kesko.
RobecoSAM assesses the sustainability performance of more than 2,000 companies annually and has been publishing the Sustainability Yearbook for 11 years. Only the companies which, on the basis of RobecoSAM’s assessment, are within the world’s top 15% of their industry are included in the Sustainability Yearbook.

The Sustainability Yearbook 2014 can be downloaded at

Kesko included in several significant sustainability indices
Kesko has been included in the Dow Jones sustainability indices DJSI World and DJSI Europe for 11 times. Kesko is included in the FTSE4Good Index, the STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index and CDP’s Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index.

Kesko’s Corporate Responsibility Report 2012 was chosen as Finland’s best in the 2013 Sustainability Reporting Award Finland Competition. Kesko’s report was ranked the best also by the media and non-governmental organisations.

Further information: 
Vice President Matti Kalervo, Corporate Responsibility, Kesko Corporation, tel. +358 105 322 536

Kesko (  is a retail specialist whose stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers. Kesko has about 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus.

EROSKI reúne a más de 100 proveedores que integran la marca ‘Sabor a Málaga’ para definir acuerdos de colaboración

  • La reunión se produce en el marco del convenio firmado por la Diputación de Málaga y EROSKI el pasado octubre
  • La colaboración redundará en el impulso a la puesta en el mercado de los productos amparados por la marca ‘Sabor a Málaga’
  • Responde a uno de los ejes del Plan Estratégico de la cooperativa que apuesta por el desarrollo de las economías del entorno donde está presente

Málaga, España, 2014-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI y la Diputación Provincial de Málaga han celebrado una jornada con más de cien proveedores que integran la marca ‘Sabor a Málaga’ con el fin de abrir la toma de contacto y comenzar a trabajar en posibles acuerdos de colaboración.

La diputada de Desarrollo Rural y Nuevas Tecnologías de la Diputación de Málaga, Leonor García-Agua, y responsables de Compras Locales de EROSKI han presentado, a los más de 120 productores y fabricantes de la provincia presentes en la jornada, el convenio de colaboración firmado por ambas entidades el pasado octubre para impulsar la comercialización de los productos con marca ‘Sabor a Málaga’. Asimismo, les han trasladado su compromiso de defender los productos de la provincia, lo que contribuirá al desarrollo y progreso de las empresas productoras de Málaga.

Durante la jornada EROSKI ha explicado la importancia que para el grupo tienen los proveedores locales como palanca de crecimiento, y “la apuesta que está realizando en la promoción de los productos autóctonos en sus establecimientos, así como su compromiso de potenciar al máximo el desarrollo de las economías locales para crear riqueza en el entorno”, en palabras de Carlos Fernández, Responsable de Compras locales de la Zona Centro-Sur de EROSKI.

En una jornada muy participativa, los productores de la provincia han trasladado a EROSKI sus inquietudes e intereses y han solicitado detalles sobre las oportunidades y condiciones de colaboración, etc. Entre las diversas cuestiones abordadas han destacado el interés por la integración total de la gama, la posibilidad de incorporar la marca ‘Sabor a Málaga’ también en el ámbito de las agencias de viajes del grupo o la inquietud principal por la celeridad de comenzar a trabajar cuanto antes para que sus productos estén en los lineales de las tiendas EROSKI.

La jornada se ha cerrado con el compromiso de EROSKI de atender a todos los productores y fabricantes integrados en la marca ‘Sabor a Málaga’ para comenzar a trabajar en programas concretos de colaboración.

EROSKI está ampliando el número de productos malagueños que ofrece en sus establecimientos comerciales a fin de hacerlos más accesibles a los consumidores y para aportar una dimensión local a su compra habitual. En este sentido, EROSKI mantiene una relación estable con 77 proveedores regionales-locales con los que ha realizado compras por importe de más de 5 millones de euros en el último ejercicio. La colaboración con los proveedores de la región es una apuesta fundamental en la política de gestión de EROSKI, un factor que además gana peso en el recientemente aprobado Plan Estratégico 2013-16 de la cooperativa, que recoge una firme apuesta por los productos locales, especialmente los alimentos frescos de temporada.

La colaboración cerrada el pasado octubre entre la Diputación Provincial de Málaga y EROSKI se concreta en acciones como asegurar la presencia constante de productos agroalimentarios malagueños adheridos a la marca ‘Sabor a Málaga’ en todos los hipermercados y supermercados EROSKI de la región, con espacios específicos señalizados para garantizar así su identificación y visibilidad para los consumidores. Las promociones serán una de las palancas que se utilizarán para mejorar y estimular su comercialización. EROSKI también se compromete a hacer notoria la calidad de la certificación ‘Sabor a Málaga’, contribuir a que los consumidores valoren estos productos como se merecen y promocionarlos mediante campañas específicas, con la realización de eventos, degustaciones y ofertas en establecimientos”.

‘Sabor a Málaga’

La marca promocional ‘Sabor a Málaga’ nace a instancias de la Diputación Provincial de Málaga como respuesta a la necesidad de los productores malagueños de poner en valor los productos agropecuarios y agroalimentarios de la provincia y mejorar su comercialización a nivel nacional e internacional. Sus acciones están encaminadas a crear nuevos canales de distribución, promoción y puesta en valor de los productos adheridos, buscando asimismo la sostenibilidad de las más de 40.000 familias que tiene este sector en la provincia.
EROSKI en Málaga

EROSKI cuenta con un total de 40 establecimientos en la provincia de Málaga. Son 1.154 las personas que trabajan en EROSKI en Málaga. La cooperativa mantiene relación comercial con 115 proveedores de la provincia con los que ha realizado compras por importe de 39,2 millones de euros en 2012. En sus tiendas EROSKI ofrece 1.200 referencias de estos proveedores.


EROSKI reúne a más de 100 proveedores que integran la marca 'Sabor a Málaga' para definir acuerdos de colaboración

EROSKI reúne a más de 100 proveedores que integran la marca ‘Sabor a Málaga’ para definir acuerdos de colaboración


JCPenney released its 2013 Sustainability Report

Plano, TX, US, 2014-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — JCPenney (NYSE: JCP) announced today that it has released its 2013 Sustainability Report, detailing activities in fiscal year 2012, which ended February 2013. The report highlights strategic initiatives to reduce the Company’s environmental impact and encourage positive social change.

“JCPenney has recently experienced a time of transition and change, but we’ve never lost our focus on the importance of being socially and environmentally responsible,” said Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, Chief Executive Officer of JCPenney. “Supporting the communities we serve goes well beyond philanthropic efforts – it’s also about making mindful decisions in all of our operations, whether in stores, supply chain, customer service centers or international offices.”

The online report summarizes the Company’s activity in the following categories:

    • Stores and Operations – JCPenney has a clear focus on operational efficiency, utilizing programs to manage energy consumption, reduce waste and encourage recycling across all approximately 1,100 stores and 14 logistics facilities. Through the Company’s energy conservation efforts, JCPenney has received ENERGY STAR certification in over 500 locations and earned the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for five consecutive years.
    • Supplier Social and Environmental Standards – JCPenney is committed to responsible sourcing and improving social and environmental supply chain standards. To ensure these high standards are met consistently, the Company contracted Bureau Veritas (BV) to perform independent social compliance audits. BV began independently auditing in February 2012, and completed 826 audits within twelve months.
    • Product Safety – JCPenney sets quality and safety standards for its private brand products. The Company partnered with BV’s Consumer Products Services group to analyze product performance test results and spot potential issues and concerns. The Company encourages national brand partners to meet the same high production standards.
    • Ethics – To emphasize the importance of our ethical culture, the Company publishes a statement of business ethics in ten languages to be accessible to associates in the countries where JCPenney does business.
    • Employment – With approximately 116,000 associates across the globe in stores, offices and facilities, JCPenney continually celebrates and enriches its diverse and skilled workforce through business resource teams and continuing education.
    • Community – James Cash Penney founded JCPenney on the Golden Rule of treating people as you would like to be treated. This principle continues today through the Company’s grants and sponsorships, disaster relief, in-kind donations and community engagement through employee giving and volunteerism. Our customers joined our efforts by rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donating over $10 million to non-profit organizations from July to December of 2012.

For more information, please review the 2013 Sustainability Report by visiting the social responsibility page under the About Us section of

JCPenney Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or

JCPenney Investor Relations:
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About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to becoming America’s preferred retail destination for unmatched style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,100 stores and at, customers will discover an inspiring shopping environment that features the most sought after collection of private, national and exclusive brands and attractions. For more information, please visit