Kroger announces inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index-North America for the fifth consecutive year

Company Also Releases 11th Annual Sustainability Report, Outlines Progress on 2020 Sustainability Goals

CINCINNATI, 2017-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced it was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index-North America (DJSI) for the fifth consecutive year.

The DJSI evaluates the top 20 percent of the 600 largest North American companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index that are leaders in sustainability. The index considers multiple factors under three dimensions: economic, social and environmental.

“Kroger’s goal is to make a difference for our communities, our planet and each other by driving sustainability and innovation throughout our business,” said Denise Osterhues, Kroger’s senior director of corporate affairs. “Inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fifth consecutive year is an important mile marker in our ongoing journey to increase responsible sourcing and improve eco-stewardship.”

Kroger today also announced the release of its 11th annual sustainability report, which outlines progress toward its 2020 sustainability goals, including:

  • Fighting Hunger: In 2016, Kroger donated the equivalent of 330 million meals, up from 276 million in 2015.
  • Zero Waste: Kroger aims to meet and exceed EPA’s Zero Waste threshold of 90% diversion from landfill in company facilities by 2020. In 2016, Kroger reached a diversion rate of 78% across its operations, up from 70% in 2015.
  • Sustainable Seafood: In 2016, Kroger set a new, broader goal to source 100% of all wild-caught seafood species from sustainable fisheries by 2020. The company is 86% of the way toward achieving this goal. The new goal expands the scope of the previous goal, which was to source 100% of only the top 20 wild-caught species.
  • Cage-Free Eggs: Kroger is transitioning toward a 100% cage-free egg supply chain by 2025. Currently, about 18% of the company’s total egg sales are cage-free eggs, up from 15% last year and 11% in 2014.

Learn more about all of Kroger’s efforts at http://sustainability.kroger.com/ and review the company’s 2020 goals progress update at http://sustainability.kroger.com/2020-goals.html.

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

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CBRE Group included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for 2nd year in a row

Los Angeles, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that it has been included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the second year in a row. This prestigious index recognizes corporations demonstrating leadership on environmental, social and governance issues.

CBRE is the only commercial real estate services and investment firm included in the index.

The 600 largest North American companies of the S&P Global Broad Market Index were invited to participate in the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment. Of these, approximately the top 25 percent made the DJSI.

“We are honored to again be part of this prestigious index,” said Bob Sulentic, CBRE’s president and chief executive officer. “We recognize the important role the commercial real estate industry plays in the global economy and continuously work to improve our own corporate responsibility performance while assisting our clients and the industry in their efforts.”

Earlier this year, CBRE was included in the FTSE4Good Index Series, which recognizes companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance practices, for the second year in a row. Additional recognition in 2015 includes being rated one of “America’s Best Employers” by Forbes magazine, inclusion in Fortune Magazine’s Most Admired Companies for the third straight year, recognition as a World’s Most Ethical Company by The Ethisphere Institute for the second consecutive year and receiving an EPA 2015 Energy Star® Partner of The Year Sustained Excellence Award for the eighth year in a row.

More information on corporate responsibility at CBRE can be found at www.cbre.com/responsibility.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

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Delhaize Group one of only three retailers in Europe included in DJSI for the Food and Staples Retailing sector

Inclusion in the DJSI confirms Delhaize Group’s leadership in the Food and Staples Retailing Sector.

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2015-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group is proud to announce its inclusion in the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), a leading benchmark for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios.

The Belgian international supermarket operator is one of only four retailers in the world and one of only three retailers in Europe to be included in the DJSI for the Food and Staples Retailing sector. The Group received a total score of 73, well above the industry median score of 43.  Performance of Delhaize Group was well-balanced between the three dimensions: economic, environmental and social.

“This is an outstanding achievement that reflects our ongoing commitment to be a sustainability leader in all of our markets,” said Frans Muller, Delhaize Group President and CEO. “We are particularly proud that we achieved strong results in all categories, especially related to our strategic focus areas of sustainable private brand sourcing and zero waste. Our score reflects the significant efforts and investments made by the Group and our 150 000 associates worldwide.”

Frans Muller noted that the Group’s 2020 “Supergood” Ambition is a key lever of the Strategic Framework, the overarching guiding principles that the company introduced last year.

“Our progress over the last year has clearly been recognized by the DJSI assessment. We moved closer to our 2020 goals, and further embedded sustainable business practices by establishing more specific and more measurable targets that help us improve and build on our sustainability performance,” he said. “We thank all of our associates and business partners for their dedication and support.”

For more information about Delhaize Group’s sustainability performance, please visit http://sustainabilityreport.delhaizegroup.com/.

» Delhaize Group
 Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven countries on three continents. At the end of the second quarter of 2015, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 445 stores. In 2014, Delhaize Group recorded €21.4 billion ($28.4 billion) in revenues and €89 million ($118 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2014, Delhaize Group employed approximately 150 000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website http://www.delhaizegroup.com. Questions can be sent to sustainability@delhaizegroup.com.

 

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» Dow Jones Sustainability World Index
The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) tracks the performance of the top 10% per industry of the 2500 largest companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index that lead the field in terms of sustainability. These 2500 companies represent the eligible universe for the DJSI World and are assessed using the Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) on an annual basis.

The DJSI press release on the 2015 results can be found here:

http://www.sustainability-indices.com/images/150910-djsi-review-2015-en-vdef.pdf

Ahold included in Food & Staples Retailing industry group in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI)

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold was included in the Food & Staples Retailing industry group in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the 7th consecutive year today. This demonstrates its commitment to responsible retailing.

Ahold received a top score in supply chain management and raw materials sourcing, and also performed particularly well on environmental and social criteria, which are key elements in its sustainability strategy.

Ahold CEO Dick Boer said: “This recognition makes me proud of Ahold and all of our 227,000 associates. Responsible retailing is a fundamental ingredient of our Reshaping Retail strategy, and this proves that we are on the right track. Our place in this influential ranking only drives our ambition to be a responsible retailer.”

The ranking demonstrates the progress that Ahold has made in recent years. Ahold scored 76 (out of 100), compared to the industry average of 47. The Food & Staples Retailing sector lead scored 77.

The DJSI World started in 1999 as the first global sustainability benchmark, tracking the performance of the world’s leading companies on economic, environmental and social criteria.

Through its Responsible Retailing program, Ahold promises customers healthy choices and products that are made with respect for people, animals and the environment. The strategy focuses on five priority areas: healthy living, community well-being, our people, responsible products and care for the environment. Responsible Retailing is one of the six strategic pillars supporting Ahold’s ambition to grow as part of its Reshaping Retail framework.

More information on Ahold’s commitment to responsible retailing is available at www.ahold.com/Media/Responsible-retailing.htm.

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This press release includes forward-looking statements, which do not refer to historical facts but refer to expectations based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those included in such statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements as to the ambition to be a responsible retailer. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Ahold’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as factors discussed in Ahold’s public filings and other disclosures. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Ahold does not assume any obligation to update any public information or forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as may be required by applicable laws.

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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 of 100) in the Food & Staples Retailing sector in 2014 – improving on last year’s 74, and compared to an industry average of 48, with the sector lead scoring 76. This is the sixth consecutive year that Ahold has been included on the DJSI.

The company scored particularly high in a number of areas, including supply chain management practices, carbon emissions and waste reduction programs, and its active contribution to the health and safety of associates by offering multiple health and well-being programs.

Ahold CEO Dick Boer commented: “Responsible retailing is a fundamental element of our Reshaping Retail strategy and today’s recognition, which should make all of our 220,000 associates proud, fuels our ambition to be a better place to shop, a better place to work and a better neighbor, every day.”

Launched in 1999 as the first global sustainability benchmarks, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices track the performance of the world’s leading companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria. The indices serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices.

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