Southeastern Grocers Releases Corporate Social Responsibility Commitment
JACKSONVILLE, FL - Aiming to maintain its values across all operations, Southeastern Grocers (SEG) continues to make advancements in the name of sustainability. The grocer recently released its 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Report announcing its current achievements and ongoing commitment to fostering stronger communities, offering better products, and doing its part to create a more sustainable planet.
“Our associates, customers, and communities are at the heart of everything we do,” Anthony Hucker, President and CEO, said in the report. “Providing our customers and communities with a shopping experience they can always count on is why we exist—and it’s that commitment to being a trusted retailer that inspires us every day to take actions that will bring about a brighter, healthier, happier tomorrow.”
SEG has committed to fostering an inclusive environment where differences are celebrated and everyone is empowered to be their full, authentic selves. The grocer has launched several initiatives to provide inspiration and opportunities for all community members to break barriers and push for equity. As noted in a press release, the grocer has also launched seven diverse resource groups and implemented training sessions to provide education and help encourage constructive conversations among associates.
Since 2016, SEG has remained committed to sourcing produce from local farms and orchards, whenever possible, to provide customers with the freshest produce while mitigating waste and limiting unnecessary transportation emissions. The grocer is also focused on offering an increased selection of plant-based products that provide a smaller greenhouse gas footprint, in addition to only working with suppliers who keep animal rights at the forefront of operations.
Last year, the grocer recycled more than 74,000 tons of cardboard, saving 1.25 million trees. SEG also follows the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Hierarchy to reduce food waste. Increased resource efficiencies through lighting, refrigeration, water use, and beyond is also a top priority to ensure store operations are environmentally responsible for the needs and longevity of the community and the planet.
The grocer plans to continue to expand its commitment to sustainability, people, products, and the planet. To learn more about the grocer’s achievements and goals, please click here.
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