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Loblaw’s new ESG Report highlights progress on sustainability, equity

Loblaw has released its 2023 ESG Report, highlighting the grocery chain’s commitment to sustainability and reducing food waste.

“Our leadership in ESG is rooted in our purpose to help Canadians Live Life Well, with twin pillars of advancing social equity and fight climate change, creating positive change for our business and the communities that we serve. In this, our 17th ESG report, we reflect on the achievements made in 2023,” says Sandra Kessler, vice president of ESG Integration and Reporting.

The company diverted over 78,000 metric tonnes of food from landfills through food rescue initiatives and increased donations. That includes nearly 47 million pounds of food donated to food charities through the Feed More Families program.

Loblaw reduced carbon emissions by 11 per cent relative to a 2020 baseline and invested nearly $44 million in 490 carbon reduction initiatives. The grocery chain also says two-thirds of control brand plastic packaging as part of the goal to make it all 100 per cent recyclable or reusable by 2025.

Furthermore, over 990,000 children are fed through the President’s Choice Children’s Charity, the nation’s largest charitable direct-to-school food program.

In improving access to care, Loblaw operated 70 pharmacy care clinics across Canada, filled 169.2 million prescriptions, and administered 2.1 million flu shots. It also donated 14 million period products through partnerships with Proctor & Gamble and Kimberly-Clark.

Meanwhile, The Shoppers Foundation for Women’s Health contributed over $11 million to support over 370 women’s health organizations across Canada. The program works to improve women’s access to mental health care and support programs.

For charity, Loblaw has raised and donated a record $180 million for research initiatives, charities, and non-profits across Canada including the Salvation Army, World Wildlife Fund Canada and Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Response, among others.

On diversity, inclusion, and representation, the grocery chain trained over 166,000 colleagues or employees on fundamental DEI topics in addition to over three million training courses.

Loblaw also increased the representation of women in executive roles to 46 per cent and boosted the proportion of women in management roles to 39 per cent. The company plans to lift that number to 40 per cent by the end of 2024. Furthermore, it increased the representation of visible minorities in management roles to 32 per cent and executives to 28 per cent, achieving our 2024 goal of 30 per cent and 25 per cent representation, respectively.

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