Safeway details green efforts in corporate social responsibility report
Pleasanton, Calif. Safeway has released its annual corporate social responsibility report, which provides details on its social responsibility efforts.
“We are proud of the reputation we have developed as a responsible steward of the planet and the communities we serve,” said Steve Burd, chairman, president and CEO. “Our report is an open and candid assessment of the advancements Safeway has made under the vast banner of corporate social responsibility.”
The report, entitled “The Heart of Safeway,” details the company’s progress in four key areas: community, planet, products and people.
The report highlights Safeway’s sustainability efforts and notes that the chain is one of the largest retail purchasers of wind energy. Safeway is currently building several stores designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification standards.
It also spotlights Safeway’s leadership role in pushing for healthcare reform. Burd is the founder of the Coalition to Advance Healthcare Reform, an organization of more than 60 leading employers and business leaders dedicated to advancing meaningful market-based solutions to the healthcare crisis.
A&P 4Q loss widens
MONTVALE, N.J. A&P reported a loss from continuing operations of $83.4 million for the fourth quarter, compared with a loss of $44.6 million for the same period last year.
Sales for the fourth quarter were $2.3 billion, compared with $2.2 billion in the prior year’s fourth quarter. Comparable-store sales decreased 1.3% during the comparable 13-week period.
Christian Haub, executive chairman of the board, said, “The current challenging economic environment has clearly impacted our business, as it has all in our industry. That being said, A&P has continued to make progress on many fronts and we have plenty of reasons to be optimistic for the future of our company, including good performance in our Fresh, Gourmet and Discount businesses and the realization of target synergies from the Pathmark acquisition.
“We are also confident that, similar to the improvements we have accomplished in the core A&P business, the initiatives we have recently enacted will improve the overall Pathmark business.
Industry veteran joins ProBuild board
ProBuild Holdings, the nation’s largest pro dealer, has announced the election of Carl Hedlund to its board of directors. Hedlund, who retired as president of Therma-Tru in 2007, will serve as a member of the board’s compensation committee.
Prior to Therma-Tru, Hedlund spent 28 years with Owens Corning in a variety of leadership positions, both in the fiberglass building materials and the composite businesses, including president of the roofing and asphalt division and president of the retail distribution division.
Internationally, Hedlund served as president of the Asia/Pacific and Hong Kong business, as well as president of the international building materials business in Belgium.