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  • Overall approach
    4/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      2/4
      Zero net deforestation or, for soy, palm oil, leather and beef companies only, no deforestation of HCV and HCS forests
      2/4
      Commodities (if applicable): Palm oil; Soy; Beef; Pulp & Paper
      "Kroger is committed to eliminating deforestation in Our Brands products. This includes the raw materials and products we source into our Kroger Manufacturing facilities and into our fresh meat case, as well as the finished food and household Kroger-branded products we source from our co-packing suppliers." 
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
      No
      0/1
      If Other Initiative, specify:: Rainforest Alliance, Sustainable Forestry Initiative
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Deforestation is occurring at a rapid rate due to the conversion of natural forest landscapes to land used for growing livestock and agriculture. These natural ecosystems provide high environmental and social value, including habitat for diverse animal species, carbon sinks and long-term livelihoods for human populations living in and near these forests... Four key commodities top the list of commodities contributing to deforestation impacts: palm oil, beef, soy, and pulp/paper/timber. Kroger retails and produces a large variety of products in our stores and online platforms, including those containing ingredients that could potentially contribute to deforestation and the associated environmental and social impacts."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Board committees with oversight of ESG topics are: the Public Responsibilities Committee, which oversees Kroger’s ESG strategy, goals, issues management and engagement practices; the Audit Committee, which oversees compliance with legal, financial and regulatory requirements; and the Compensation Committee, which oversees human capital management policies and practices. Several internal Kroger departments are accountable for risk management: ... • Environmental Compliance: Oversees the company’s compliance with environmental regulations, reflecting Kroger’s Sustainability Commitment... Sourcing: Focuses on sourcing national brand items as well as ingredients and products for our extensive Our Brands portfolio. We follow our Responsible Sourcing Framework, our Vendor Code of Conduct and other policies that help advance more sustainable and equitable systems." 
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Absolute zero emissions

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030
      "In 2020, we set a new goal to reduce absolute GHG emissions from our operations by 30% by 2030, against a 2018 baseline." 
  • Commodity score
    25/88
    • Beef
      24/88
      • Commitment Strength
        8/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            "We will strive to source fresh beef and beef-based ingredients that are deforestation free. In 2020, approximately 95% of the beef or beefbased products sourced for our Meat  Department and into our plants via our routine suppliers was a product of the U.S. The cattle in our beef products are primarily raised in the U.S., with some from Canada, Mexico and Uruguay. "
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We will strive to source fresh beef and beef-based ingredients that are deforestation free. In 2020, approximately 95% of the beef or beef based products sourced for our Meat  Department and into our plants via our routine suppliers was a product of the U.S. The cattle in our beef products are primarily raised in the U.S., with some from Canada, Mexico and Uruguay. "
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "We will strive to source fresh beef and beef-based ingredients that are deforestation free. In 2020, approximately 95% of the beef or beef based products sourced for our Meat  Department and into our plants via our routine suppliers was a product of the U.S. The cattle in our beef products are primarily raised in the U.S., with some from Canada, Mexico and Uruguay. "
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "We will strive to source fresh beef and beef-based ingredients that are deforestation free. In 2020, approximately 95% of the beef or beef based products sourced for our Meat  Department and into our plants via our routine suppliers was a product of the U.S. The cattle in our beef products are primarily raised in the U.S., with some from Canada, Mexico and Uruguay. "
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour
          "We look to the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Business and Human Rights, the International Bill of Human Rights and the International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions when designing our approach". "We have a Zero Tolerance policy for human rights violations like child labor, forced labor, discrimination and safety violations such as blocked exits. If suppliers do not live up to our Code, we will not do business with them...The Kroger Social Responsibility Audit is designed to examine the following areas of concern: Transparency & Business Integrity, Management Systems,  Hiring, Discipline & Termination,  Young Workers and Child Labor,  Forced Labor, Recruitment Practices, Grievance Mechanisms, Harassment or Abuse, Non-Discrimination, Freedom of Association, Foreign Migrant Labor, Wages and Benefits, Hours of Work, Health & Safety, Environment, Sub-Contracting and Homeworker"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Workers may not be unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        10/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified 
          "Kroger is committed to eliminating deforestation in Our Brands products. This includes the raw materials and products we source into our Kroger Manufacturing facilities and into our fresh meat case, as well as the finished food and household Kroger-branded products we source from our co-packing suppliers. Specifically: Palm... Pulp/Paper... Soy... Beef...We will engage our suppliers, investors and other relevant stakeholders, and use risk assessment tools where needed, to identify, prioritize and address deforestation risk in our product supply chains."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No 

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own mechanism

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social
          "Vendor will comply with the following Code of Conduct: [...] Violations of this Code of Conduct may be reported using the Kroger Helpline – a toll-free number (800- 689-4609) and website (www.Ethicspoint.com). Users of the Helpline may choose to remain anonymous."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          In their Social Compliance Program Requirements they state that "Factory visits are guided by defined audit content and are conducted by a third-party auditing firm approved by Kroger within a five-day audit window. Most suppliers will require a new audit annually, however a risk-based assessment may allow for a longer period between audits...The Kroger Social Responsibility Audit is designed to examine the following areas of concern: Transparency & Business Integrity, Management Systems,  Hiring, Discipline & Termination,  Young Workers and Child Labor,  Forced Labor, Recruitment Practices, Grievance Mechanisms, Harassment or Abuse, Non-Discrimination, Freedom of Association, Foreign Migrant Labor, Wages and Benefits, Hours of Work, Health & Safety, Environment, Sub-Contracting and Homeworker" They also report on these audits in their  ESG report saying "In 2020, approximately 32% of the completed audits resulted in approved facilities given a corrective action plan for any minor violations to be fixed within 12 months, while 53% resulted in conditional approval with a corrective action plan required to be completed over either six or 12 months. Meanwhile, 15% of audits identified zero tolerance violations and, if permitted, the suppliers corrected violations immediately."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified 
          "To maintain the integrity of our sourcing commitments, policies and requirements, we leverage programs and processes that provide oversight and tracking of our vendors and supply chain. We continuously improve the way we assess vendors, suppliers and products for compliance so that we can ensure that Kroger and Our Brands are worthy of our customers’ trust. Key components of how we accomplish supplier accountability are summarized below. • The Supplier Hub is a technology solution that automates the vendor on-boarding process. The Supplier Hub also enables the collection and storage of supplier compliance data, which allows for a more consistent approach to the identification and verification of compliance of our vendors and suppliers. This, in turn, helps us procure safe, ethically-sourced products for our stores and facilities. We also work to improve the traceability of Our Brands products over time through use of new tools. [...] We also leverage industry-level working groups, product certification schemes, and partner organizations to gain increased visibility into our supply chain and to align our work with other ongoing initiatives."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: corrective action plan

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non-compliance with responsible sourcing framework
          "we use direct engagement and close working relationships with many of our suppliers to communicate our priorities, to assess their alignment with our commitments, to identify any issues and to work with them to make improvements". "When we become aware of potential issues, we activate the relevant policy framework, which follows our issue management protocol to evaluate the  situation and implement corrective actions where appropriate" 
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil
      26/88
      • Commitment Strength
        11/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

            Other certification scheme: Book & Claim certified palm oil 
            "Kroger is committed to eliminating deforestation in Our Brands products. This includes the raw materials and products we source into our Kroger Manufacturing facilities and into our fresh meat case... Palm oil: We will maintain our existing commitment, set in 2015, to source palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives in Our Brands products from sources certified to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) supply chain standard. Our goal is to source Identity Preserved, Segregated and/or Mass Balance certified palm oil over Book & Claim certified palm oil. We will aim to source 100% physical palm oil by 2025."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Kroger is committed to eliminating deforestation in Our Brands products. This includes the raw materials and products we source into our Kroger Manufacturing facilities and into our fresh meat case... Palm oil: We will maintain our existing commitment, set in 2015, to source palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives in Our Brands products from sources certified to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) supply chain standard. Our goal is to source Identity Preserved, Segregated and/or Mass Balance certified palm oil over Book & Claim certified palm oil. We will aim to source 100% physical palm oil by 2025."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "Kroger is committed to eliminating deforestation in Our Brands products. This includes the raw materials and products we source into our Kroger Manufacturing facilities and into our fresh meat case... Palm oil: We will maintain our existing commitment, set in 2015, to source palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives in Our Brands products from sources certified to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) supply chain standard. Our goal is to source Identity Preserved, Segregated and/or Mass Balance certified palm oil over Book & Claim certified palm oil. We will aim to source 100% physical palm oil by 2025."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2019
            In 2019 Kroger issued a Deforestation Statement which stated: "This assessment process will inform a future no-deforestation commitment for Our Brands products, which we intend to set by spring of 2020. We will set an interim no-deforestation commitment specific to raw material sourcing by the end of 2019."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Kroger is committed to eliminating deforestation in Our Brands products. This includes the raw materials and products we source into our Kroger Manufacturing facilities and into our fresh meat case... Palm oil: We will maintain our existing commitment, set in 2015, to source palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives in Our Brands products from sources certified to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) supply chain standard. Our goal is to source Identity Preserved, Segregated and/or Mass Balance certified palm oil over Book & Claim certified palm oil. We will aim to source 100% physical palm oil by 2025."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Kroger is committed to eliminating deforestation in Our Brands products. This includes the raw materials and products we source into our Kroger Manufacturing facilities and into our fresh meat case... Palm oil: We will maintain our existing commitment, set in 2015, to source palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives in Our Brands products from sources certified to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) supply chain standard. Our goal is to source Identity Preserved, Segregated and/or Mass Balance certified palm oil over Book & Claim certified palm oil. We will aim to source 100% physical palm oil by 2025."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "Kroger is committed to eliminating deforestation in Our Brands products. This includes the raw materials and products we source into our Kroger Manufacturing facilities and into our fresh meat case... Palm oil: We will maintain our existing commitment, set in 2015, to source palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives in Our Brands products from sources certified to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) supply chain standard. Our goal is to source Identity Preserved, Segregated and/or Mass Balance certified palm oil over Book & Claim certified palm oil. We will aim to source 100% physical palm oil by 2025."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            In 2019 Kroger issued a Deforestation Statement which stated: "This assessment process will inform a future no-deforestation commitment for Our Brands products, which we intend to set by spring of 2020. We will set an interim no-deforestation commitment specific to raw material sourcing by the end of 2019."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We look to the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Business and Human Rights, the International Bill of Human Rights and the International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions when designing our approach". "We have a Zero Tolerance policy for human rights violations like child labor, forced labor, discrimination and safety violations such as blocked exits. If suppliers do not live up to our Code, we will not do business with them...The Kroger Social Responsibility Audit is designed to examine the following areas of concern: Transparency & Business Integrity, Management Systems,  Hiring, Discipline & Termination,  Young Workers and Child Labor,  Forced Labor, Recruitment Practices, Grievance Mechanisms, Harassment or Abuse, Non-Discrimination, Freedom of Association, Foreign Migrant Labor, Wages and Benefits, Hours of Work, Health & Safety, Environment, Sub-Contracting and Homeworker"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Workers may not be unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        10/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "For the 2020 performance year, approximately 80% of the palm-based ingredients used in Our Brands products came from certified sources. More than 95% of certified palm oil in our products is certified to the Mass Balance Supply Chain standard. As our assortment grows and changes, we continue to monitor our suppliers’ alignment with our goals so we can help ensure we are maintaining our commitments."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "Kroger is committed to eliminating deforestation in Our Brands products. This includes the raw materials and products we source into our Kroger Manufacturing facilities and into our fresh meat case, as well as the finished food and household Kroger-branded products we source from our co-packing suppliers. Specifically: Palm... Pulp/Paper... Soy... Beef...We will engage our suppliers, investors and other relevant stakeholders, and use risk assessment tools where needed, to identify, prioritize and address deforestation risk in our product supply chains."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No 
          "Vendor will comply with the following Code of Conduct: [...] Violations of this Code of Conduct may be reported using the Kroger Helpline – a toll-free number (800- 689-4609) and website (www.Ethicspoint.com). Users of the Helpline may choose to remain anonymous."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          In their Social Compliance Program Requirements they state that "Factory visits are guided by defined audit content and are conducted by a third-party auditing firm approved by Kroger within a five-day audit window. Most suppliers will require a new audit annually, however a risk-based assessment may allow for a longer period between audits...The Kroger Social Responsibility Audit is designed to examine the following areas of concern: Transparency & Business Integrity, Management Systems,  Hiring, Discipline & Termination,  Young Workers and Child Labor,  Forced Labor, Recruitment Practices, Grievance Mechanisms, Harassment or Abuse, Non-Discrimination, Freedom of Association, Foreign Migrant Labor, Wages and Benefits, Hours of Work, Health & Safety, Environment, Sub-Contracting and Homeworker" They also report on these audits in their  ESG report saying "In 2020, approximately 32% of the completed audits resulted in approved facilities given a corrective action plan for any minor violations to be fixed within 12 months, while 53% resulted in conditional approval with a corrective action plan required to be completed over either six or 12 months. Meanwhile, 15% of audits identified zero tolerance violations and, if permitted, the suppliers corrected violations immediately."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 100%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified 

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "To maintain the integrity of our sourcing commitments, policies and requirements, we leverage programs and processes that provide oversight and tracking of our vendors and supply chain. We continuously improve the way we assess vendors, suppliers and products for compliance so that we can ensure that Kroger and Our Brands are worthy of our customers’ trust. Key components of how we accomplish supplier accountability are summarized below. • The Supplier Hub is a technology solution that automates the vendor on-boarding process. The Supplier Hub also enables the collection and storage of supplier compliance data, which allows for a more consistent approach to the identification and verification of compliance of our vendors and suppliers. This, in turn, helps us procure safe, ethically-sourced products for our stores and facilities. We also work to improve the traceability of Our Brands products over time through use of new tools. [...] We also leverage industry-level working groups, product certification schemes, and partner organizations to gain increased visibility into our supply chain and to align our work with other ongoing initiatives."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: corrective action plan

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non-compliance with responsible sourcing framework
          "we use direct engagement and close working relationships with many of our suppliers to communicate our priorities, to assess their alignment with our commitments, to identify any issues and to work with them to make improvements". "When we become aware of potential issues, we activate the relevant policy framework, which follows our issue management protocol to evaluate the  situation and implement corrective actions where appropriate" 
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      34/88
      • Commitment Strength
        11/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "We will source paper packaging that is certified to a sustainable forestry standard and/or includes recycled content. In 2020, 74% of the paper product packaging used by our plants was from certified sources, while 84% of paper goods sourced into our plants and stores were from certified sources. "
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We will source paper packaging that is certified to a sustainable forestry standard and/or includes recycled content. In 2020, 74% of the paper product packaging used by our plants was from certified sources, while 84% of paper goods sourced into our plants and stores were from certified sources. "
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "We will source paper packaging that is certified to a sustainable forestry standard and/or includes recycled content. In 2020, 74% of the paper product packaging used by our plants was from certified sources, while 84% of paper goods sourced into our plants and stores were from certified sources. "
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "We will source paper packaging that is certified to a sustainable forestry standard and/or includes recycled content. In 2020, 74% of the paper product packaging used by our plants was from certified sources, while 84% of paper goods sourced into our plants and stores were from certified sources. "
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "By 2025, virgin fiber used in product packaging in our Manufacturing plants will be certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) and/or Program for Forest Endorsement (PEFC) certification programs, with preference for the FSC standard. By 2030, we will uphold the same commitment for all Our Brands products, including paper product packaging and household paper products."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2025, virgin fiber used in product packaging in our Manufacturing plants will be certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) and/or Program for Forest Endorsement (PEFC) certification programs, with preference for the FSC standard. By 2030, we will uphold the same commitment for all Our Brands products, including paper product packaging and household paper products."
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            "By 2025, virgin fiber used in product packaging in our Manufacturing plants will be certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) and/or Program for Forest Endorsement (PEFC) certification programs, with preference for the FSC standard. By 2030, we will uphold the same commitment for all Our Brands products, including paper product packaging and household paper products." 
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2025
            "By 2025, virgin fiber used in product packaging in our Manufacturing plants will be certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) and/or Program for Forest Endorsement (PEFC) certification programs, with preference for the FSC standard. By 2030, we will uphold the same commitment for all Our Brands products, including paper product packaging and household paper products." 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "We look to the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Business and Human Rights, the International Bill of Human Rights and the International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions when designing our approach". "We have a Zero Tolerance policy for human rights violations like child labor, forced labor, discrimination and safety violations such as blocked exits. If suppliers do not live up to our Code, we will not do business with them...The Kroger Social Responsibility Audit is designed to examine the following areas of concern: Transparency & Business Integrity, Management Systems,  Hiring, Discipline & Termination,  Young Workers and Child Labor,  Forced Labor, Recruitment Practices, Grievance Mechanisms, Harassment or Abuse, Non-Discrimination, Freedom of Association, Foreign Migrant Labor, Wages and Benefits, Hours of Work, Health & Safety, Environment, Sub-Contracting and Homeworker"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Workers may not be unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        18/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: 0 not specified

            How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: 0 not specified

            (Downstream 2.1 only) How many hectares of deforestation and/or conversion have occurred since the commitment cut-off date in the operations of the company's direct or indirect suppliers?: 0 not specified
            "We will source paper packaging that is certified to a sustainable forestry standard and/or includes recycled content. In 2020, 74% of the paper product packaging used by our plants was from certified sources, while 84% of paper goods sourced into our plants and stores were from certified sources. "
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC

            What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 0 Not specified

            Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: 0 not specified

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC

            For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 0 not specified
            "We will source paper packaging that is certified to a sustainable forestry standard and/or includes recycled content. In 2020, 74% of the paper product packaging used by our plants was from certified sources, while 84% of paper goods sourced into our plants and stores were from certified sources. "
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Sustainable Packaging Coalition 
          "Kroger participates in a wide variety of industry organizations, trade associations and multi-stakeholder collaborative groups. Below is a representative sample of groups in which we participate. Our individual leaders and associates also participate in numerous groups relevant to their function and/or region of the country... Sustainable Packaging Coalition." 
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified 
          "Kroger is committed to eliminating deforestation in Our Brands products. This includes the raw materials and products we source into our Kroger Manufacturing facilities and into our fresh meat case, as well as the finished food and household Kroger-branded products we source from our co-packing suppliers. Specifically: Palm... Pulp/Paper... Soy... Beef...We will engage our suppliers, investors and other relevant stakeholders, and use risk assessment tools where needed, to identify, prioritize and address deforestation risk in our product supply chains."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own mechanism

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social
          "Vendor will comply with the following Code of Conduct: [...] Violations of this Code of Conduct may be reported using the Kroger Helpline – a toll-free number (800- 689-4609) and website (www.Ethicspoint.com). Users of the Helpline may choose to remain anonymous."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          50-79%
          3/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          50-79%
          3/6
          "We will source paper packaging that is certified to a sustainable forestry standard and/or includes recycled content. In 2020, 74% of the paper product packaging used by our plants was from certified sources, while 84% of paper goods sourced into our plants and stores were from certified sources. " 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          In their Social Compliance Program Requirements they state that "Factory visits are guided by defined audit content and are conducted by a third-party auditing firm approved by Kroger within a five-day audit window. Most suppliers will require a new audit annually, however a risk-based assessment may allow for a longer period between audits...The Kroger Social Responsibility Audit is designed to examine the following areas of concern: Transparency & Business Integrity, Management Systems,  Hiring, Discipline & Termination,  Young Workers and Child Labor,  Forced Labor, Recruitment Practices, Grievance Mechanisms, Harassment or Abuse, Non-Discrimination, Freedom of Association, Foreign Migrant Labor, Wages and Benefits, Hours of Work, Health & Safety, Environment, Sub-Contracting and Homeworker" They also report on these audits in their  ESG report saying "In 2020, approximately 32% of the completed audits resulted in approved facilities given a corrective action plan for any minor violations to be fixed within 12 months, while 53% resulted in conditional approval with a corrective action plan required to be completed over either six or 12 months. Meanwhile, 15% of audits identified zero tolerance violations and, if permitted, the suppliers corrected violations immediately."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified 

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "To maintain the integrity of our sourcing commitments, policies and requirements, we leverage programs and processes that provide oversight and tracking of our vendors and supply chain. We continuously improve the way we assess vendors, suppliers and products for compliance so that we can ensure that Kroger and Our Brands are worthy of our customers’ trust. Key components of how we accomplish supplier accountability are summarized below. • The Supplier Hub is a technology solution that automates the vendor on-boarding process. The Supplier Hub also enables the collection and storage of supplier compliance data, which allows for a more consistent approach to the identification and verification of compliance of our vendors and suppliers. This, in turn, helps us procure safe, ethically-sourced products for our stores and facilities. We also work to improve the traceability of Our Brands products over time through use of new tools. [...] We also leverage industry-level working groups, product certification schemes, and partner organizations to gain increased visibility into our supply chain and to align our work with other ongoing initiatives."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Corrective action plan

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non-compliance with the responsible sourcing framework
          "we use direct engagement and close working relationships with many of our suppliers to communicate our priorities, to assess their alignment with our commitments, to identify any issues and to work with them to make improvements". "When we become aware of potential issues, we activate the relevant policy framework, which follows our issue management protocol to evaluate the  situation and implement corrective actions where appropriate" 
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      24/88
      • Commitment Strength
        8/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
            "We will aim to source soy-based ingredients that are deforestation free. In 2020, 100% of the primary soy-based ingredients procured for Kroger’s plants was from the U.S., indicating no tropical deforestation is occurring in this supply chain". 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We will aim to source soy-based ingredients that are deforestation free. In 2020, 100% of the primary soy-based ingredients procured for Kroger’s plants was from the U.S., indicating no tropical deforestation is occurring in this supply chain". 
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "We will aim to source soy-based ingredients that are deforestation free. In 2020, 100% of the primary soy-based ingredients procured for Kroger’s plants was from the U.S., indicating no tropical deforestation is occurring in this supply chain". 
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "We will aim to source soy-based ingredients that are deforestation free. In 2020, 100% of the primary soy-based ingredients procured for Kroger’s plants was from the U.S., indicating no tropical deforestation is occurring in this supply chain". 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "We look to the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Business and Human Rights, the International Bill of Human Rights and the International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions when designing our approach". "We have a Zero Tolerance policy for human rights violations like child labor, forced labor, discrimination and safety violations such as blocked exits. If suppliers do not live up to our Code, we will not do business with them...The Kroger Social Responsibility Audit is designed to examine the following areas of concern: Transparency & Business Integrity, Management Systems,  Hiring, Discipline & Termination,  Young Workers and Child Labor,  Forced Labor, Recruitment Practices, Grievance Mechanisms, Harassment or Abuse, Non-Discrimination, Freedom of Association, Foreign Migrant Labor, Wages and Benefits, Hours of Work, Health & Safety, Environment, Sub-Contracting and Homeworker"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Workers may not be unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        10/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified 
          "Kroger is committed to eliminating deforestation in Our Brands products. This includes the raw materials and products we source into our Kroger Manufacturing facilities and into our fresh meat case, as well as the finished food and household Kroger-branded products we source from our co-packing suppliers. Specifically: Palm... Pulp/Paper... Soy... Beef...We will engage our suppliers, investors and other relevant stakeholders, and use risk assessment tools where needed, to identify, prioritize and address deforestation risk in our product supply chains."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own mechanism

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No 

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social
          "Vendor will comply with the following Code of Conduct: [...] Violations of this Code of Conduct may be reported using the Kroger Helpline – a toll-free number (800- 689-4609) and website (www.Ethicspoint.com). Users of the Helpline may choose to remain anonymous."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          In their Social Compliance Program Requirements they state that "Factory visits are guided by defined audit content and are conducted by a third-party auditing firm approved by Kroger within a five-day audit window. Most suppliers will require a new audit annually, however a risk-based assessment may allow for a longer period between audits...The Kroger Social Responsibility Audit is designed to examine the following areas of concern: Transparency & Business Integrity, Management Systems,  Hiring, Discipline & Termination,  Young Workers and Child Labor,  Forced Labor, Recruitment Practices, Grievance Mechanisms, Harassment or Abuse, Non-Discrimination, Freedom of Association, Foreign Migrant Labor, Wages and Benefits, Hours of Work, Health & Safety, Environment, Sub-Contracting and Homeworker" They also report on these audits in their  ESG report saying "In 2020, approximately 32% of the completed audits resulted in approved facilities given a corrective action plan for any minor violations to be fixed within 12 months, while 53% resulted in conditional approval with a corrective action plan required to be completed over either six or 12 months. Meanwhile, 15% of audits identified zero tolerance violations and, if permitted, the suppliers corrected violations immediately."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified 

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%
          "To maintain the integrity of our sourcing commitments, policies and requirements, we leverage programs and processes that provide oversight and tracking of our vendors and supply chain. We continuously improve the way we assess vendors, suppliers and products for compliance so that we can ensure that Kroger and Our Brands are worthy of our customers’ trust. Key components of how we accomplish supplier accountability are summarized below. • The Supplier Hub is a technology solution that automates the vendor on-boarding process. The Supplier Hub also enables the collection and storage of supplier compliance data, which allows for a more consistent approach to the identification and verification of compliance of our vendors and suppliers. This, in turn, helps us procure safe, ethically-sourced products for our stores and facilities. We also work to improve the traceability of Our Brands products over time through use of new tools. [...] We also leverage industry-level working groups, product certification schemes, and partner organizations to gain increased visibility into our supply chain and to align our work with other ongoing initiatives."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non-compliance with responsible sourcing framework

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: corrective action plan

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "we use direct engagement and close working relationships with many of our suppliers to communicate our priorities, to assess their alignment with our commitments, to identify any issues and to work with them to make improvements". "When we become aware of potential issues, we activate the relevant policy framework, which follows our issue management protocol to evaluate the  situation and implement corrective actions where appropriate" 
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Timber *
      9/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We look to the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Business and Human Rights, the International Bill of Human Rights and the International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions when designing our approach". "We have a Zero Tolerance policy for human rights violations like child labor, forced labor, discrimination and safety violations such as blocked exits. If suppliers do not live up to our Code, we will not do business with them...The Kroger Social Responsibility Audit is designed to examine the following areas of concern: Transparency & Business Integrity, Management Systems,  Hiring, Discipline & Termination,  Young Workers and Child Labor,  Forced Labor, Recruitment Practices, Grievance Mechanisms, Harassment or Abuse, Non-Discrimination, Freedom of Association, Foreign Migrant Labor, Wages and Benefits, Hours of Work, Health & Safety, Environment, Sub-Contracting and Homeworker"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Workers may not be unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own mechanism

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "Vendor will comply with the following Code of Conduct: [...] Violations of this Code of Conduct may be reported using the Kroger Helpline – a toll-free number (800- 689-4609) and website (www.Ethicspoint.com). Users of the Helpline may choose to remain anonymous."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          In their Social Compliance Program Requirements they state that "Factory visits are guided by defined audit content and are conducted by a third-party auditing firm approved by Kroger within a five-day audit window. Most suppliers will require a new audit annually, however a risk-based assessment may allow for a longer period between audits...The Kroger Social Responsibility Audit is designed to examine the following areas of concern: Transparency & Business Integrity, Management Systems,  Hiring, Discipline & Termination,  Young Workers and Child Labor,  Forced Labor, Recruitment Practices, Grievance Mechanisms, Harassment or Abuse, Non-Discrimination, Freedom of Association, Foreign Migrant Labor, Wages and Benefits, Hours of Work, Health & Safety, Environment, Sub-Contracting and Homeworker" They also report on these audits in their  ESG report saying "In 2020, approximately 32% of the completed audits resulted in approved facilities given a corrective action plan for any minor violations to be fixed within 12 months, while 53% resulted in conditional approval with a corrective action plan required to be completed over either six or 12 months. Meanwhile, 15% of audits identified zero tolerance violations and, if permitted, the suppliers corrected violations immediately."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non-compliance with the responsible sourcing framework

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Corrective action plan

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "we use direct engagement and close working relationships with many of our suppliers to communicate our priorities, to assess their alignment with our commitments, to identify any issues and to work with them to make improvements". "When we become aware of potential issues, we activate the relevant policy framework, which follows our issue management protocol to evaluate the  situation and implement corrective actions where appropriate" 
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    8/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    11/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    Avg. score

Profile

The Kroger Co. is a leading edible grocery retailer in the US. The company’s supermarkets and convenience stores operate under various banners including Smith’s, Fred Meyer’s and Food 4 Less. In addition to its retail operations, The Kroger Co. owns a string of food processing facilities. With sizeable operations in food processing and retail The Kroger Co. is exposed to forest risk commodities including palm oil, soy and beef. Kroger Co. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy, beef and paper packaging and is also assessed for its exposure to timber.

Sector
Industry sector 
Food retail, Furniture & flooring
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
Canada
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Kroger, 8451, Baker's, CityMarket, Cops, Dillons, Food4Less, Foods Co, Fred Meer, Fry's, Gerbes, Harris Teeter, Home Chef, JayC, Mariano's, Pay Less, Owen's, Pick n Save, QFC, Roundy's, Ralphs, Ryler Foods, Smith's, the Little Clininc, VitaCost

How we assess the Forest 500

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