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Significant reductions in carbon emissions, food waste highlight Loblaw’s 2020 achievements

Significant reductions in carbon emissions and food waste are among the highlights of Loblaw’s recently released corporate social responsibility (CSR) report.
Significant reductions in carbon emissions and food waste are among the highlights of Loblaw’s recently released corporate social responsibility (CSR) report.

Loblaws recently released annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) report highlighted the company’s efforts across its various environmental, social and governance priorities.

In a statement to shareholders, Loblaws chairman and president Galen G. Weston said, “In spite of the many challenges of 2020, we made great progress on the items that matter most to our colleagues, customers, and shareholders: We dramatically accelerated our reduction of food waste and carbon emissions; we helped formulate and introduce new global packaging standards to eliminate plastic waste; and we increased female representation in our executive ranks and succession pipelines, while expanding and improving our support for colleagues from diverse communities.”

Among the highlights in the report are:

  • The 2030 goal of reducing Loblaws carbon emissions from operations by 30 per cent has been achieved. The company has increased the goal to 50 per cent by 2030.
  • The 2025 goal of reducing food waste by 50 per cent has been achieved.
  • Loblaw’s purchased enough local produce from Canadian suppliers in 2020 to achieve its 2025 goal of re-patriating $150 million of goods that would otherwise be purchased internationally.

Last year, the company helped create and became a founding member of the Canada Plastics Pact, which is part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact network. As part of its efforts to reduce plastic waste, over the previous year, Loblaw’s eliminated 1.8 million plastic hangers, all individual plastic straws and stir sticks from in-store takeout counters, and all single-use plastic items for food sampling in corporate stores. Loblaw has committed that all PC plastic packaging will be either reusable or recyclable by 2025.

In 2020, Loblaw corporate and franchised stores donated more than five million kg (11 million lb) of food to local food banks and food rescue agencies across Canada, including its most successful national holiday food drive campaign since its 2009 launch, raising $2.6 million and collecting 1.1 million kg (2.4 million lbs) of food for those in need.

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