SpartanNash Unveils 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report


SpartanNash’s 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report details the retailer-distributor’s investments in the areas of social responsibility and environmental sustainability, and how they cultivate the company’s vision of being “a best-in-class business that feels local, where relationships matter.”

The report details SpartanNash’s corporate responsibility efforts in 2016, highlighting its 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 coworkers, which make up our company’s corporate responsibility commitment,” SpartanNash President and CEO Dave Staples said. “At SpartanNash, we are investing in today, to ensure a better tomorrow – and we hope that the 2016 CR Report inspires others to join us on this journey.”

Report Highlights

Key highlights from the report include:

  • Associate and food safety programs to ensure safe workplaces and quality food in every aisle of the store or U.S. military commissary or exchange.
  • Training and development and diversity and inclusion efforts for associates to realize career aspirations.
  • Support of nearly 2,000 locally grown and locally made items and the farmers and businesses that supply these items.
  • Community health and wellness initiatives, including Double Up Food Bucks, Opioid Safety Project and Regional Wellness Specialists.
  • Volunteering efforts totaling 20,234 hours and $456,276 in economic impact.
  • $1.4 million in corporate giving initiatives, including $100,000 through the Direct Your Dollars program.
  • $1.8 million awarded to community nonprofits by the SpartanNash Foundation.
  • 5.5 million pounds of product donated to community food pantries and local nonprofits.
  • 51.9 million pounds of materials diverted from landfills through our recycling efforts.
  • Transportation and energy efficiencies achieved.

The report also includes SpartanNash’s 2017 CR dashboard, which has guided the company’s continued efforts throughout the current year. The dashboard includes initiatives around local support, diversity and inclusion, volunteering and waste and energy consumption.

To exemplify its commitment to corporate responsibility, the 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report was printed in limited quantities using paper made from 100 percent post-consumer content, processed without chlorine, manufactured using renewable biogas and certified for reduced environmental impact by ECOLOGO. In addition, SpartanNash Graphic Services printed the report with soy-based inks.

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based SpartanNash’s core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers, select national accounts, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges. SpartanNash serves customer locations in 47 states and Washington, D.C., as well as Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. As of today, SpartanNash operates 145 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, VG’s Food and Pharmacy, D&W Fresh Market, Sun Mart and Family Fresh Market.

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