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Grocery chain releases corporate responsibility report

November 22, 2017
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SpartanNash D&W Fresh Market Grand Haven Robbins Road
D&W Fresh Market is one of the store brands by Byron Center-based SpartanNash. Courtesy SpartanNash

A locally based grocery chain is sharing details of its efforts to support local farmers and food makers, give back to the community and promote sustainability.

Byron Center-based SpartanNash recently released its 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report highlighting the Fortune 350 company’s associate training and development programs; support of local farmers and food entrepreneurs; companywide giving initiatives and donations; and recycling and energy efficiency improvements.

“At SpartanNash, we are mindful that our business decisions, products, services and operations have a direct impact on the environment, our communities, customers and co-workers, which make up our company’s corporate responsibility commitment,” said Dave Staples, SpartanNash president and CEO.

“We are investing in today, to ensure a better tomorrow.”

The full report can be found online at SpartanNash.com/CR-Report.

Highlights:

  • Associate and food safety programs to ensure safe work places and quality food in every aisle
  • Training and development and diversity and inclusion efforts for associates
  • Support of nearly 2,000 locally grown and locally made items from farmers and businesses
  • Community health and wellness initiatives
  • A total of 20,234 volunteer hours representing $456,276 in economic impact
  • $1.4 million in corporate giving initiatives
  • $1.8 million awarded to community nonprofits by the SpartanNash Foundation
  • 5.52-million pounds of product donated to community food pantries and local nonprofits
  • 51.9-million pounds of materials diverted from landfills through recycling
  • Transportation and energy efficiencies achieved

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