Guiding our Corporate Responsibility efforts
A message from leadership
We understand that the needs of our customers and the communities we serve are evolving—and we intend to meet new demands and build sustainable practices through leadership, commitment and hard work.
Message from Darrell Jones
Save-On-Foods is a family company – one that I was raised in. I am proud of my roots in this organization and the fact that I have built my career in the business where I started in Cranbrook bagging groceries. The heart of our business is in the communities we serve.
This is why when we look to support and work with our communities, we are focused on understanding how our company connects to the full value chain – with the goal of creating shared value between our company, our customers, our team members and our community.
Save-On-Foods is committed to leading. We understand that the needs of our customers and the communities we serve are evolving—and we intend to meet new demands and build sustainable practices through leadership, commitment and hard work. Our ability to evaluate, test, adjust, implement, and then scale up quickly and economically, has been the backbone of our success for over a century. We have increased our store count by over 25% in the last five years and expect to do the same in the next five.
This year, we are publishing our first corporate responsibility report. At Save-On-Foods we aim to listen to the communities where we operate and understand how our operations, our people and our resources are most useful. Whether we partner on the ground with officials to ensure food is available as wildfires devastate the province, or work with sustainable food practices towards a goal of zero food waste – Save-On-Foods is committed to powering the people and resources necessary to be a community member and leader in the industry.
We have identified four areas of focus: Caring for Customers, Sustainability, Community and Our People. This report reflects the hard work or our team in these areas and the goals we are focused on accomplishing.
I am excited for the work we have ahead – our industry is evolving with our communities and I couldn’t be prouder of the work we do and how we do it – with heart, values and commitment.
The work we do in community, with key decision makers, producers, and across the supply chain – from farm to table – are integral to our ability to provide safe, affordable, accessible and meaningful customer experiences.
Message from Julie Dickson
Managing Director, Corporate Services and Public Affairs
The implementation of our corporate responsibility framework has been evolving over the past thirty years. It is clear that the work we do in community, with key decision makers, producers, and across the supply chain – from farm to table – are integral to our ability to provide safe, affordable, accessible and meaningful customer experiences.
For decades Save-On-Foods has been integral to community’s well-being – far beyond the bricks and mortar of our store buildings. In fact our store buildings are where many of our innovations just begin, from sustainable building practices to reducing emissions for home delivery – we incubate the feedback we receive in our stores and expand our footprint with meaning and value out the front doors.
We are at a crucial point in our evolution – we continue to expand our organization across the country while sharpening our focus on sustainability and connecting to the long-term needs of the community.
This report reflects the high points of our work over the past years, and a blueprint for the direction we are going. We know this will evolve – as will the needs of our customers. And our organization will stand beside them during this evolution and adjust as needed. At the core our commitment to our governing responsibilities and increased transparency with our communities. The coming year will allow us to move forward on key priorities including addressing climate change, plastics and packaging, responsibly sourced products and local community investments. I am excited to be part of Save-on-Foods leadership and invite you to support our work and our vision for healthy, thriving communities.