7 Grocers on a Sustainability Mission

7 Grocers on a Sustainability Mission


As the largest retailer in the world, Walmart’s sustainability philosophy is necessarily a global one, but one that is also equally focused on the individual communities it serves.

7 Grocers on a Sustainability Mission

Albertsons Cos.

Committed to “helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood,” Albertsons Cos. recently reached out to thousands of its customers to learn what matters most to them on the sustainability front. The results of this new materiality assessment will be the foundation for the company’s ESG strategy and initiatives going forward.

For many grocers, such as WGB’s Grocery Business of the Year, The Kroger Co.—and the six other companies featured within—the sustainability journey isn’t new, but rather reinvigorated in light of the historic and challenging events of the past 17 months. 

Sixty-six years ago, Lakewood, Colo.-based Natural Grocers was founded by Philip and Margaret Isely, who sought to stem the tide of America’s dietary decline in the 1950s.

“Doing the right thing for the community has always been a founding principle of Jimbo’s,” says Stephanie Morris, sustainability coordinator for the natural grocer with four stores currently open in the San Diego area.

As a hard discounter, it’s not enough for Aldi to offer sustainably sourced products. Here responsibility comes at a price—an affordable one.

As the world’s largest online retailer, owner of some 500 Whole Foods Markets and the rapidly expanding Amazon Fresh grocery concept, Amazon’s approach to sustainability takes a world view.

Recognized for “progress against audacious sustainability goals in difficult circumstances,” Kroger is WGB’s Retailer of the Year.