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Grocery chain releases corporate responsibility report

December 10, 2018
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SpartanNash Helping Hands in the Community Day
SpartanNash employees gather in the parking lot of the company's headquarters in Byron Center before driving out to volunteer at nonprofits for Helping Hands in the Community Day. Courtesy SpartanNash

A grocery chain has released a report highlighting its efforts last year to give back, promote sustainability and support farmers and food producers.

Byron Center-based SpartanNash released last month its 2017 “Corporate Responsibility Report.”

Through stories and statistics, the report details SpartanNash’s corporate responsibility efforts in 2017, focusing on five areas: cultivating local relationships and product development; advancing diversity and inclusion; volunteering; minimizing waste; and reducing energy consumption.

“Our corporate responsibility commitment takes us so much further than the aisles of the local grocery store or U.S. military commissary,” said Dave Staples, president and CEO, SpartanNash.

“We are making a sustainable difference, each and every day, and we hope that our 2017 CR report inspires others to join us on this journey.”

The full report is available online.

Highlights from the "Corporate Responsibility Report"

— Nearly $1.5 million in corporate giving initiatives, including $174,000 through the Direct Your Dollars program
— $1.5 million granted to more than 200 community nonprofit partners by the SpartanNash Foundation, providing hunger relief, securing shelter and supporting military members
— A commitment to working with local farmers and food producers to offer more than 2,300 locally grown and locally made items
— Health and wellness initiatives designed to equip SpartanNash workers and shoppers with the knowledge and skills to eat and stay healthy
— Volunteering efforts totaling 41,016 hours and $990,126 in economic impact
— Training and development efforts for SpartanNash workers
— Diversity and inclusion initiatives to "expand perspectives and drive innovation"
— Support of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen through community sponsorships and veteran-friendly hiring efforts as they transition to civilian careers
— 5.4-million pounds of product donated to community food pantries and local nonprofits
— 44.9-million pounds of materials diverted from landfills through recycling efforts
— Reducing the SpartanNash vehicle fleet’s fuel emissions by 3.8-million pounds of carbon dioxide
— Investing in energy efficiency and renewable sources of electricity, resulting in 1.4-million kilowatt hours saved

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