Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif., said Thursday it has passed the halfway mark in its efforts to sustainably source all fresh and frozen seafood by the end of 2015.
More than 51% of all seafood is responsibly caught or farmed, the company said in its sixth annual sustainability report, noting it has achieved a No. 2 ranking on Greenpeace’s sustainable seafood retail scorecard.
Safeway also said it has set a new sustainable sourcing policy for palm oil, with a goal to source 1 million pounds by the end of this year, and set a goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020 based on a 2010 baseline.
Other achievements cited in the report included the following:
• Saving over 75 million gallons of water across its stores.
• Making progress on its goal to eliminate 1 million plastic and paper bags in its stores by 2015, noting it has already eliminated more than 300 million bags since 2011.
• Donating nearly 72 million pounds of food to support hunger relief; raising and contributing more than $41.2 million to charitable causes; and noting that employees volunteered over 1 million hours to nonprofit organizations.
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