IRVING, Texas -- 7-Eleven Inc. is working with nonprofit group Conservation International to set measurable corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals to reduce its environmental footprint.
7-Eleven’s goal is to:
- Reduce its energy footprint in stores and offices by 20% by 2025.
- Reduce its packaging footprint by 20% by 2025.
- Increase corporate giving to 1% of operating net income annually, beginning in 2017.
Using 2015 as a baseline, 7-Eleven will continue to reduce its carbon footprint and increase community engagement in the United States and Canada by concentrating on energy, packaging and philanthropy, it said.
“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's CSR mission has three focus areas, it said: “planet, products and people.” Click through for details.
7-Eleven has decreased electricity use in store operations by an estimated 21% over the past seven years through projects including installing LED lighting, energy management systems and high-efficiency HVAC units.
The retailer has also joined CI’s Business and Sustainability Council, a forum for corporate leaders taking positive environmental actions in their businesses, to explore mutually beneficial ways to further reduce its environmental impact.
CI is a nonprofit organization “dedicated to building a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet through science, policy and partnerships.” It seeks to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods.
“It is no secret that the conveniences that make each day better for us all require resources from nature,” said Peter Seligmann, chairman and CEO of Conservation International, Arlington, Va. “7-Eleven’s 2025 goals reveal how a company can make decisions that support their business as well as our planet’s future. Conservation International is thrilled to support 7-Eleven in this endeavor.”
Irving, Texas-based 7-Eleven, which operates, franchises and licenses more than 10,700 convenience stores in North America, is designing eco-friendly packaging in order to reduce waste, including a recyclable stay-hot coffee cup, private-brand beverage bottles made with recycled materials and hot-foods packaging made with less material.
Starting in 2017, 7-Eleven will tie its corporate giving to its performance, giving back 1% of its operating net income annually with a focus on expanding participation in two of its most successful programs benefiting youth: Project A-Game, which has awarded nearly 1,800 financial grants totaling more than $900,000 to local schools and youth sports organizations; and Operation Chill, which partners with more than 900 local law-enforcement agencies to reward young people caught in the act of “doing good” with a free Slurpee drink coupon.