Sobeys, Stellarton, Nova Scotia, and Kudrinko’s, Westport, Ontario, are as different as retailers can be, the former being a national chain and the latter comprising one store. Yet, besides both hailing from Canada, they have something very important in common: They both track their carbon footprint — the amount of carbon dioxide equivalents they are emitting into the atmosphere through electricity and other fuel consumption as well as refrigerant leaks — and they both have been able to shrink it.
Thus SN has recognized them with the 2012 Sustainability Excellence Award in the chain and independent categories. The awards program is sponsored by Fleet Advantage.
Unified Grocers, Los Angeles, has also instituted numerous energy-saving and diesel-fuel-saving measures that have lowered its carbon footprint. And Unified, winner of the award in the wholesaler category, has also demonstrated how companies can gain direction and inspiration for environmental ideas from their employees while trying to influence their customers and suppliers to do more.
Profiles of the three companies: