From Education to the Environment, Lowe’s 2012 CSR Report Highlights Company’s Improvement Efforts

  From Education to the Environment, Lowe’s 2012 CSR Report Highlights
  Company’s Improvement Efforts

 Lowe’s and its foundation supported more than 8,000 community and education
                                   projects

Business Wire

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- April 18, 2013

Lowe’s announced the release of its 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Report, providing a comprehensive review of Lowe’s corporate citizenship
activities during the past fiscal year. The report can be viewed on the
company’s CSR website at Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.

Lowe's worked with national partners Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding
Together to build and repai ...

Lowe's worked with national partners Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding
Together to build and repair homes for low-income families. Together with the
Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, Lowe's supported more than 8,000
community improvement projects across North America. (Photo: Business Wire)

This year’s report, titled “Improving the Places We Call Home,” spotlights the
work completed across the company to improve Lowe’s workplaces, communities
and the environment.

“To achieve greater progress for our communities and our company, we continue
to build on our commitment to never stop improving,” said Robert Niblock,
Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO. “We’re focused on carrying out those
responsibilities every day with the help  of our 245,000 employees across
North America.”

Lowe’s CSR website details the company’s progress in important focus areas,
including the health and welfare of its workforce, support for public
education and community improvement, disaster relief and environmental
stewardship. The site also provides an expanded interactive map to allow
visitors to explore how Lowe’s is meeting the needs of local communities.

Highlights from the annual report include:

Workplace

  *Lowe’s added three new mobile health-screening units to its fleet to bring
    free health screenings and provide important health advice to employees at
    every U.S. location.
  *To foster leadership opportunities, Lowe’s brought together women from
    across the company for its Women’s Leadership Summit. Lowe’s also was
    recognized nationally for its efforts to recruit, train and support
    America’s veterans and people with disabilities.
  *The Lowe’s Employee Relief Fund distributed $2.4 million, the largest
    amount in the history of the fund. Those dollars helped more than 2,100
    Lowe’s employees who suffered a significant hardship – an average of 42
    employees each week.

Disaster Relief

  *Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers went door-to-door in communities to
    deliver critically needed supplies and support after tornadoes, Tropical
    Storm Debby, two major hurricanes – Isaac and Sandy – and wildfires.
  *Lowe’s committed $3 million and partnered with the American Red Cross,
    Habitat for Humanity^®, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Rebuilding
    Together^® and the First Response Team of America to provide immediate and
    long-term disaster assistance.
  *In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, 35 Lowe’s stores in New York and New
    Jersey handed out free family-style Thanksgiving dinners to feed more than
    136,000 people.

Education

  *Lowe’s joined with the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation to
    support more than 8,000 community and education projects across North
    America.
  *Lowe’s Toolbox for Education^®, the company’s signature education grant
    program, provided nearly $5 million to fund improvements at more than
    1,100 schools in 49 states.
  *Lowe’s also broadened its support of scholarships. In addition to
    continuing contributions to the United Negro College Fund, Thurgood
    Marshall College Fund and Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Lowe’s partnered with
    the American Indian College Fund to provide scholarships for American
    Indian students.

Environment

  *The company’s success promoting energy and water conservation brought
    repeat honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Lowe’s
    won its third consecutive ENERGY STAR^® Sustained Excellence Award and
    became the first retailer to win four consecutive WaterSense^® awards. The
    EPA also honored Lowe’s with its fourth consecutive SmartWay^® award for
    leading transportation initiatives.
  *Lowe’s increased its recycling and reuse rates and continued to make
    recycling easier for customers. The company expanded its plastic plant
    tray and pot recycling program to Canada and launched a  new distribution
    center program to improve the consolidation and recycling of wood pallets,
    cardboard and other material. Lowe’s recycled more than 400,000 tons of
    cardboard and pallets, the equivalent weight of 10 aircraft carriers.
  *Lowe’s also strengthened its partnership with Keep America Beautiful to
    improve local communities across the country by reducing waste, increasing
    recycling and enhancing community spaces. Volunteers donated more than
    100,000 hours of service to their local communities through
    Lowe’s-supported projects.

To learn more about these efforts and Lowe’s latest social responsibility
activities, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.

About Lowe’s

With fiscal year 2012 sales of $50.5 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a
FORTUNE^® 100 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at
more than 1,750 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and
Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the
second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information,
visit Lowes.com.

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Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Steve Salazar, 704-758-4345
steve.j.salazar@lowes.com
 
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