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The Kroger Co. yesterday published its seventh annual sustainability report, saying that it is "committed to moving retail locations toward 'zero waste' and sourcing 100% certified sustainable palm oil."

"For 130 years, Kroger has aimed to serve each individual customer, every day, and to be good stewards of our communities and the environment," said David Dillon, Kroger's chairman and chief executive officer. "Our sustainability progress today is part of this proud heritage, thanks to more than 343,000 associates who are helping make each community we serve a better place to live."

Excerpts:

• "Kroger is ... moving toward the EPA's Zero Waste threshold of 90%, in all Kroger retail locations. To get there, Kroger will increase the diversion rate to 65% for all stores by the end of 2013, and to 70% by the end of 2015. Today, the company diverts 58% of waste."

• "Kroger is ... committed to sourcing 100% certified sustainable palm oil by the end of 2015. Kroger is working with supplier partners to transition out of unsustainable palm oil, to help prevent the loss of critical habitats, and support the protection of high conservation value forests."

• "Kroger's aggressive work to reduce energy, the implementation of a refrigerant management plan and improved fleet productivity has led to a 4.8% reduction in overall carbon footprint -- even as the company grows in size and sales."

• "Since 2000, Kroger has reduced overall energy consumption in stores by 32.7%. In total, Kroger facilities have saved more than 2.48 billion kWh--that is enough electricity to power every single family home in Columbus, Ohio for one year."

• "Kroger has increased its fleet efficiency by 33.1% since 2008 and is on track to meet their goal of improved fleet efficiency by 40% by 2014. The company's store delivery fleet includes 2,700 tractors and 10,000 trailers and makes almost 5,400 deliveries every day."
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