How we continue to grow a greener company
Protecting the environment and inspiring our members to do the same is important to us at Sears Holdings. It is through key partnerships with our many stakeholders that we are able to strive for operational excellence as a company, build a team of engaged and passionate associates, and deliver a "wow" experience to each member by understanding their needs and offering them the right products and services that fit their lives.
For more than 100 years, Sears and Kmart have been integral members of the communities in which they operate. Our 2015 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report shares our efforts as an organization continuously working towards social and environmental stewardship. We recognize our responsibility to the communities we serve and believe that great value can be driven by the responsible management of our environmental, social and economic resources. While we are pleased to present to you our accomplishments for 2015, we are equally as excited to look to the future and identify opportunities for success and value for our multiple stakeholders.
The following represents a few of our 2015 highlights:
- 2015 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award:
Sears Holdings was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award in both retail and energy management categories. This marked our sixth year of consecutive recognition in retail, and our fourth year of consecutive recognition for energy management. Our longstanding efforts exemplify an ongoing commitment to leverage our integrated retail capabilities for maximum energy efficiency in the marketplace.
- Energy Savings:
Sears Holdings makes energy management a focus to drive operational excellence. By continually monitoring our facilities' energy usage and trends, we continue to have success in reducing our energy consumption. This year, we are proud to establish a goal to reduce electricity consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions at comparable retail locations by 30 percent by 2020 (relative to a 2008 baseline).
- Waste Diversion Efforts:
This year, we are proud to announce that we have committed to a waste diversion goal of 75 percent waste-from-landfill by 2020. In an effort to promote environmental sustainability and conservation, Sears Holdings recycles a variety of materials used throughout our operations. We continue to develop our waste diversion efforts to promote operational excellence in our facilities and stores. We recognize the importance of these efforts and work to continually improve upon our processes to decrease operational costs and reduce environmental impacts. In 2015, we recycled approximately:
- 152,000 tons of corrugated cardboard
- 3,400 tons of mixed plastic
- 2,000 tons of metal
- Responsible Appliance Disposal program:
As the nation's top home appliance retailer, Sears Holdings is committed to protecting the ozone layer, keeping our communities clean and saving energy through the responsible recycling of household appliances. Sears became the first broad line retailer to join the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program in 2007, and we have proudly continued this partnership for the last nine years.
Through the RAD partnership, Sears Holdings hauls away and responsibly discards our members' old refrigerators, freezers, AC units and dehumidifiers when they purchase new, energy-efficient products. This means SHC recovers and properly disposes the ozone-depleting chemicals from the discarded appliances, reducing CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases. In 2015, as a RAD partner, SHC processed and responsibly disposed of more than 253,000 refrigerators, freezers, AC units and dehumidifiers, which has helped prevent the equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions from more than 93,000 cars in one year.
- Product Selection:
In 2015, more than 4.6 million ENERGY STAR certified products were sold through Sears and Kmart. This resulted in more than 270 million kilowatt-hours of electricity saved and more than $42 million in electricity cost savings for our members.
- Responsible Supply Chain:
In 2015, our Global Sourcing team expanded our environmental impact survey to include an increased number of apparel vendors, expanding from 20 to 29 vendors. We also expanded the type of categories surveyed to include six footwear vendors and six soft home vendors. We continued to survey for environmental management practices, energy and climate change efforts, waste management, and water conservation and treatment practices, and expanded our questionnaire to increase the level of detail received from our vendors.
Over the years, we have developed and implemented several policies to support our sustainability efforts.
- Affiliations & Key Partnerships:
To view our 2014 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report click here.