UNFI Announces 2019 Report on Social and Environmental Respo
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jan. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Natural Foods, Inc. (NYSE: UNFI), the largest publicly-traded grocery distributor in the U.S., today released its 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. The report, now in its ninth annual edition, reflects a comprehensive summary of the Company's progress on its social and environmental commitments.
"UNFI has a long tradition of doing the right thing – giving back and operating our business in a way that minimizes our environmental footprint. As we grow, we remain committed to being good stewards of our planet, our communities, and our people," said Steven L. Spinner, UNFI Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are particularly concerned about the effects of climate change and are actively working to evaluate and mitigate our climate impact. More than ever, I'm proud of the difference we've made on all fronts. Not only are we changing the face of grocery distribution, we continue to use our scale for better."
The Report was developed using two of the leading sustainability reporting frameworks as a reference – SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) and GRI (Global Reporting Initiative). Highlights are provided under each of three pillars, including:
Better for Our World
Better for Our Communities
Better for Our People
"We believe better food can only come from a healthy planet, and we're focused on doing our part so that future generations have access to clean air and water, and a safe and nutritious food supply," said Alisha Real, UNFI Senior Sustainability Manager and Executive Director of the UNFI Foundation.
The full 2019 UNFI Corporate Social Responsibility Report is available online at https://www.unfi.com/sustainability-report-2019-overview.
Looking ahead, UNFI is conducting a materiality assessment to prioritize social and environmental issues of key concern to the business and its stakeholders, which will further inform the Company's future sustainability commitments and initiatives. The results of this strategy work will be shared in UNFI's 2020 report.
About United Natural Foods
UNFI is North America's premier food wholesaler delivering the widest variety of products to customer locations throughout North America including natural product superstores, independent retailers, conventional supermarket chains, ecommerce retailers, and food service customers. By providing this deeper 'full-store' selection and compelling brands for every aisle, UNFI is uniquely positioned to deliver great food, more choices, and fresh thinking to customers everywhere. UNFI is the largest publicly-traded grocery distributor in America. To learn more about how UNFI is Moving Food Forward, visit www.unfi.com.
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