7-Eleven Inc. is working to set measurable corporate social responsibility goals (CSR) to reduce its environmental footprint through a collaboration with Conservation International (CI), a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to building a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet through science, policy and partnerships.
The convenience store retailer’s CSR mission consists of three focus areas: planet, products and people. 7-Eleven will use 2015 as a baseline as it reduces its carbon footprint and increases community engagement in the United States and Canada by concentrating on energy, packaging and philanthropy.
7-Eleven’s specific goals are to:
- Reduce its energy footprint in stores and offices by 20 percent by 2025;
- Reduce its packaging footprint by 20 percent by 2025; and
- Increase corporate giving to 1 percent of operating net income annually, beginning in 2017.
“These goals are specific and measurable,” said Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven president and CEO. “We’ve already taken important steps to reduce our carbon footprint, and these new targets will help us focus our efforts to make even greater strides.”
7-Eleven has already decreased electricity use in store operations by an estimated 21 percent over the past seven years via projects such as LED lighting, energy management systems and high efficiency HVAC units. It has also joined CI’s Business and Sustainability Council, a forum where corporate leaders who are taking positive environmental actions in their businesses can explore mutually beneficial ways to further reduce their environmental impact, the company said.