Loblaw Named One of Canada's Greenest Employers for Fourth Consecutive Year

Loblaw Named One of Canada's Greenest Employers for Fourth Consecutive Year 
BRAMPTON, ON, April 22, 2013 /CNW/ - (TSX:L) - Once again, Loblaw Companies 
Limited (Loblaw) has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers by 
Mediacorp Canada. The award commends Loblaw for creating a corporate culture 
committed to the development of industry-leading, environmentally conscious 
and sustainability focused initiatives. Respect the Environment is one of 
five corporate social responsibility (CSR) principles that drive the way the 
Company does business. 
"Loblaw and its colleagues, employees and franchise owners are committed to 
being one of Canada's Greenest Employers," said Bob Chant, senior 
vice-president, corporate affairs and communication, Loblaw Companies Limited. 
"As Canada's largest grocery retailer, we take our responsibility seriously to 
continue to reduce the environmental impact of our operations through waste 
reduction and recycling, the sustainable sourcing of products and by reducing 
energy consumption." 
Some of Loblaw's environmental accomplishments that the award committee 
considered were: 

    --  Reducing the use of plastic shopping bags: With the support of
        its customers, Loblaw reduced the number of plastic shopping
        bags in its stores nationally by more five billion since 2007.
        This is a testament to the success of the charge-for-plastic
        shopping bag program, which was implemented in 2009, with
        partial proceeds going to WWF-Canada to support conservation
        initiatives to mobilize Canadians to take positive action on
        the environment.
    --  Increased waste diversion: Loblaw is committed to reducing
        waste throughout its supply chain. In 2012, the Company
        expanded organic waste diversion and multi-stream recycling
        programs in corporate stores, distribution centres and store
        support centres. Loblaw distribution centres diverted 81 per
        cent of waste from landfill while its store support centres
        diverted 76 per cent. In 2008, Loblaw introduced Canada's first
        and only national recycling program for gardeners where they
        can drop off their used plastic pots and flats which are not
        accepted by curbside recycling programs. The plastic products
        are then recycled to create new pots and flats for the next
        season. Through this unique program, Loblaw diverted 5.2
        million pounds of plastic flower pots and flats from landfill.
    --  Helping protect our oceans: In 2009, Loblaw committed to source
        all seafood sold in its stores from sustainable sources by the
        end of 2013. This affects all fresh, frozen and canned seafood
        along with products that contain seafood as an ingredient. To
        that end, in 2012, the Company focused its efforts on
        increasing the number of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
        certified products in its stores and today sells the widest
        range of MSC certified products in Canada. It hosted a national
        MSC certified sustainable seafood in-store promotional event,
        the first of its kind in Canada. Loblaw also became the first
        and is the only retail member in the world to join the
        International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation (IFFO), the
        trade association for the marine ingredients industry.
    --  Fuel Efficiency - Over the past several years, Loblaw has
        undertaken a number of initiatives to reduce the carbon
        footprint of its transport fleet. In 2012, the Company
        installed a fleet tracking system in all corporate trucks;
        reduced driver idle and reduced the number of empty trailers on
        the road by increasing the number of long-combination vehicles
        in its fleet and backhaul trips.  The Company also added 57
        new, more efficient trucks to its fleet - 195 new trucks in
    --  Reduced energy consumption: Loblaw is committed to taking
        action on climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
        primarily resulting from energy consumption and refrigerant
        leaks. In 2012, the Company completed lighting retrofits in 129
        corporate stores and six distribution centres nationally to
        high-efficiency technology. Loblaw currently has four solar
        panel projects in commercial operation with 12 projects under
    --  Fostering green advocates:  Loblaw supports several
        environmental initiatives for colleagues and their
        communities.  Loblaw's Supply Chain Community Stewardship
        Program supports local environmental initiatives and programs
        by providing financial grants to local community projects,
        activities or charitable organizations with an environmental
    --  Widest range of green options:  Loblaw's range of PC(®)
        G.R.E.E.N(®) products have the high performance and unbeatable
        value customers expect from the PC(®) brand, along with green
        benefits that make them feel great about using them in their
        home. Loblaw's PC(®) G.R.E.E.N(® )product line spans a variety
        of categories including household cleaners, home, and baby to
        help customers reduce their environmental footprint.

Please visit www.loblaw-reports.ca to find out more information about Loblaw's 
CSR programs and achievements. The 2012 Loblaw CSR Report will be available as 
of May 2, 2013.

Launched in 2007, the Canada's Greenest Employers competition is organized by 
the editors of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This special 
designation recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a 
corporate culture of environmental awareness, have developed exceptional 
earth-friendly initiatives and attracting people to their organizations 
because of their environmental leadership.

Employers are evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) the unique 
environmental initiatives and programs they have developed; (2) the extent to 
which they have been successful in reducing the organization's own 
environmental footprint; (3) the degree to which their employees are involved 
in these programs and whether they contribute any unique skills; and (4) the 
extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer's public 
identity and whether they attract new people to the organization.

About Loblaw Companies Limited

Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is Canada's 
largest food retailer and a leading provider of drugstore, general merchandise 
and financial products and services. Loblaw is one of the largest private 
sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000 corporate and franchised 
stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its franchisees employ more than 
134,000 full-time and part-time employees. Through its portfolio of store 
formats, Loblaw is committed to providing Canadians with a wide, growing and 
successful range of products and services to meet the everyday household 
demands of Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and 
value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control (private) 
label program, including the unique President's Choice(®), no name(®) and 
Joe Fresh(®) brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers 
President's Choice Financial(®) services and offers the PC(®) points loyalty 

Public Relations Department, Loblaw Companies Limited (905) 459-2500 

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