Ratio Institute’s Grocery Certification program was developed with the bottom line of your grocery business in mind.

With an average profit margin of just 1.7% in the grocery industry*, our program was developed to provide retailers a comprehensive sustainability program as well as a competitive advantage. The Certification program benchmarks performance, reduces costs, and increases revenue for program participants.

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Improving Efficiency with Actionable Data

The Grocery Certification program helps grocery retailers systemize how they manage sustainability across their stores. The program can be used for a single store, a district, or an entire chain. The Certification program provides a selection of tools, training, research, and engagement strategies to assist participants with identifying opportunities to quantify the value of reducing impacts and costs. Over 900 stores are using the self-assessment store workbook for benchmarking and tracking improvements.

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Walk the walk

Show customers you’re aligned with their values. 86% of Americans expect companies to do more than make a profit, by addressing social environmental issues. Certification helps you show how your business is making a difference.

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Engage employees

Companies realize a tangible business benefit when they engage employees in their mission to be more sustainable. Many employees want to work for businesses making credible and transparent environmental changes.


Cut costs

Ratio Institute’s Grocery Certification Program helps grocery retailers cut costs associated with energy, water, and waste. Certified stores save an average of more than $76,000 per store annually from operational sustainability measures.

Stores Enrolled In The Program Have Saved

Savings Measurement Avg Per Store GSC Wide Total
Current Savings $/yr $71,494 $43,969,115
Potential Savings $/yr $22,468 $13,818,005
kWh kWh/yr 215,783 132,706,772
Water gal/yr 207,401 127,551,376
Total Waste Diverted tons/yr 1,296,043 797,066,743

Savings since program inception in 2012

Ratio Institute's Grocery Certification program helps us address the challenge of communicating our goals to our store associates who make our sustainability program successful.

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Dustin Herner, CEM

Energy & Sustainability Manager, Weis Markets Inc.

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