Pleasanton, Calif. Safeway has become the first U.S.-based retail grocery chain and manufacturer of private-label merchandise to join The Sustainability Consortium in support of the organization's work toward a more sustainable global supply chain.
Safeway joins other retailers and consumer product manufacturers that have become members of the Consortium and its product "life cycle" mission including social and environmental considerations.
Life Cycle Assessment is a tool for analyzing emissions, waste and the natural resources used from soil to kitchen in different food and non-food items. Safeway is interested in aggregating the data for primary sectors such as agriculture, dairy, packaging and fishery through industrial food processing to retail delivery.
This data will be leveraged in creating Safeway's company-wide supply chain policy encouraging sustainable purchasing and manufacturing practices throughout the organization's direct and indirect buying.