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Helping food retailers succeed, with strategic sustainability.

The Sustainable Food Retail Certification program helps food retailers achieve operational excellence and meet sustainability goals by benchmarking performance, reducing costs, and increasing margins.

 

See how Certification can strengthen your business.

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Why Certify?

Certification offers benefits from the boardroom to the grocery store floor.

Earn Recognition

Demonstrate sustainability leadership and earn differentiation in the market

Reduce Costs

Gain visibility at each store and address opportunities to reduce cost and increase margins

Mitigate Risk

Consistent performance tracking across stores, allowing transparency and risk mitigation

Streamline Sustainability

Systematize sustainability management across your portfolio

Validate Performance

Benchmark ESG performance along a clear path for improvement

How It Works

From enrollment to final Certification, the certification process is convenient, accessible, and practical.
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Complete Program Enrollment

  • Kick off meeting
02

Perform Assessment

  • Self-Assessment or Facilitated Educational Audit
03

Review Results

  • Data is quantified by Ratio Institute
  • Recommendations Report is delivered
04

Complete Certification

  • Communicate Leadership & Gain recognition
05

Ongoing Implementation

  • Set advanced benchmarks
  • Annual renewal
  • Leverage exclusive
    resources to accelerate
    your sustainability
    journey

Charting Your Sustainability Journey

The Certification’s tiered approach allows retailers to start where they are in their sustainability journey and see a clear path toward improved performance.

Advocate

Complies with requirements to prevent pollution, provides a safe working environment, ensures safe food products, and invests in basic efficiency measures.

Steward

Has a public sustainability commitment, prioritizes community engagement and employee satisfaction, and makes bigger investments in efficiency improvement and impact reduction measures.

Leader

Has clear sustainability goals and has public commitments to drastically reducing or eliminating the biggest environmental and social impacts of its operations.

Luminary

Has integrated sustainability as an operational principle, and has invested in promoting the circular economy, net zero carbon, diversity, equity & inclusion, and sustainable and ethical supply chains in its operations.

What Does Certification Cover?

The Sustainable Food Retail Certification Program offers a comprehensive vision of food retail sustainability
covering 17 core practice areas.

Learn more about program requirements in the Sustainable Food Retail Standard and Certification Guide.

Your Partners in Certification

Our team knows food retail sustainability and can get you started today.

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For more information about pricing and to get started, fill out the form and our program experts will be in touch.

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