Kroger Named One of Newsweek’s Most Responsible Companies for Fourth Consecutive Year
Grocer recognized for outstanding corporate citizenship and commitment to Zero Hunger | Zero Waste
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), America’s grocer, today announced it has been recognized by Newsweek as one of “America’s Most Responsible Companies” for 2023, earning the distinction for the fourth consecutive year. Newsweek recognizes the Top 500 most responsible companies in the United States, spanning 14 industries.
“This recognition is a testament to the incredible dedication of our associates and our collective commitment to end hunger through Zero Hunger | Zero Waste,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Kroger plays a critical role in building a more resilient and sustainable food system for all of America.”
See related article: Kroger marks anniversary of its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste impact plan
This year, Kroger celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social and environmental impact plan. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste emphasizes the unique role Kroger plays across the food system and its many stakeholders as an employer, food processor, retailer, healthcare provider and more. Over the past 5 years, Kroger has donated 2.3 billion meals to fight hunger, including:
- $1 billion in giving to hunger relief, which includes 500 million pounds of surplus food donated to food banks, for a total of 2.3 billion meals directed to communities
- Nearly $45 million in grants from the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation to support food recovery and system change
America’s Most Responsible Companies were selected based on publicly available key performance indicators derived from Corporate Responsibility Reports, Corporate Citizen Reports or Sustainability Reports, as well as an independent survey. The methodology focused on company performance in the environmental, social and corporate governance categories. Additionally, an independent survey was conducted to evaluate companies’ reputation by asking U.S. citizens about their perception of company activities related to corporate social responsibility.
To learn more about Kroger’s efforts to positively impact people and the planet, visit the ESG Hub: Thriving Together.