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Changes in the Perceived Sustainability Performance for Safeway

Sustainability metrics site CSRHub recently updated its ratings on Safeway and the 69 companies in the Supermarket, Food and Beverage Store industry.  Safeway’s overall rating moved up to 57 from 56.

This change may have been driven by progress that Safeway made in the past year. With more than 1,600 stores across the US and Canada, some examples of their progress include:

-          Safeway was the first in the grocery industry to hire a Chief Medical Office to lead employee health and wellness. Safeway reports that employees lost 18,734 pounds, reducing obesity by 4.5%.

-          Safeway offers an increasing organics line. In 2012 Greenpeace ranked Safeway No. 1 on its Supermarket Seafood Sustainability list for the second consecutive year.

-          In 2011 and 2012 Safeway employees volunteered over one million hours of their time and energy to their communities. And since 2001 Safeway and the Safeway Foundation have donated over $1billion.

-          Safeway has launched a program to convert waste grease to bio-diesel fuel to power the Vons truck fleet in Southern California.

-          Safeway reduced electrical usage in US manufacturing plants and distribution centers by six percent.

See Safeway‘s Corporate Social Responsibility website here http://csrsite.safeway.com/.

The average rating for the other companies in Supermarket, Food and Beverage Store industry maintained a rating of 52.  This caused Safeway to move up to 17thplace on the list, using the CSRHub average user profile, from 18thplace. Also see information about Safeway at http://www.csrhub.com/CSR_and_sustainability_information/Safeway-Inc/.

Safeway has a particularly strong score in the Employees area of 64.  This is due to a high score in Compensation and Benefits of 66—well above the average for this industry of 51.  The area with the greatest area for improvement for Safeway is Community.  Here, Safeway gets a 54—the same as the average for its industry.

CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 7,400+ companies from 135 industries in 96 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 257 data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

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