Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wegmans CSR

Wegmans is very involved in the communities where it does its business. Their "Community Giving" initiative includes various charity programs that take place at its different store locations. Such programs include :

1. food donation at the Johnson City store for their 19th anniversary to charity; support “Harvest for Hunger” campaign; donated food to local schools; Wegman’s Scholarship Program
2. Allentown, Bethlehem, and Nazareth stores support local scout troops with annual food drive by donating old Wegmans bags
3. support Rochester Roots program, which helps local low-income families
4. 3 Pennsylvania stores support the “Feed a Friend” organization by having cashiers ask for small donations at the check-out
5. D.C. store provided ingredients for Capital Food Fight fundraiser
6. Maryland and Virginia stores donated food to Maryland food bank
7. Rochester Wegmans participated in CANstruction fight against hunger competition that collects cans for the less fortunate
8. Jersey Wegmans donated $26,000 worth of food to elementary schools
9. all stores run "Check Out Hunger" fundraiser in which people can donate money as they check out

Wegmans also has worked to improve their sustainability efforts over the years. They focus on three main areas, which are Carbon Footprint, Packaging and Recycling, and Products. In order to reduce their carbon footprint, Wegmans has taken over 200 vehicles off the road, created new tractors that cut emissions by 90%, switched to using new flourescent lighting, and using a non-ozone depleting refrigerant in their freezers. To improve packaging and recycling, Wegmans has switched to using 100% recycled food boxes, started using natural fibers for fish containers instead of styrofoam, reduced the weight of their plastic containers, and began selling reusable grocery bags. Finally, to improve the products they offer at their stores, Wegmans created a 50-acre farm in Western New York in order to learn about the struggles farmers face, to learn how to grow organically, and to share their findings with their growing partners. They also buy local produce and fish that are captured from sustainable fishing practices.

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