Vons has been actively working to ensure environmental and economic sustainability throughout the company. In 2006, Vons began a comprehensive Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Sustainability Initiative that is creating a positive impact within their business, the communities they serve, and their employees. 2006 was a busy year for Vons as Safeway became the first retailer to join the Chicago Climate Exchange, making a legally binding commitment to reduce their Greenhouse Gas emissions.
In 2009, Vons expanded their recycling programs to include a four-store composting program in Alaska which diverted 25 tons of waste from landfills. They added additional stores in Hawaii to their compost program, diverting 19.5 tons of waste from Hawaiian landfills. They conducted trash audits in each of their U.S. divisions, which diverted 17,621 tons of trash from landfills across the nation.
Vons sustainability efforts have not gone unrecognized. In September 2009 Safeway was named on the Dow Jones sustainability Index North America, which captures the leading 20% of the largest 600 North American companies in terms of sustainability. As Vons carries out their sustainability efforts they continue to prove that a business can stay competitive and make a profit while incorporating environmentally sustainable programs. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.