Pleasanton, Calif. The U.S. Department of Labor presented Safeway chairman, president and CEO Steve Burd with the department’s 2008 SPIRIT Award for leadership in furthering employment and workplace opportunities for people with disabilities.
Safeway currently employs nearly 10,000 people with intellectual and physical disabilities including hearing and sight impairments.
In addition, Safeway is a large contributor to charities associated with assisting people with disabilities. The company conducts companywide campaigns for the cause twice yearly.
In April, Safeway raised $10.4 million for Easter Seals and Special Olympics. In August and September, the company raised $10 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Over the years, Safeway has raised and donated more than $100 million to Easter Seals and related disability causes.