Retailer sustainability initiatives are some of the most impressive across industries. This matrix summarizes a variety of recognition opportunities available through third parties to showcase leadership in a variety of areas, ranging from operations to consumer engagement, with links to learn more.
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Holistic building management processes - operating procedures, safety, security, preventative maintenance, etc.
All retailers managing occupied commercial & industrial buildings, including owner-occupied buildings.
As of September 2017, 1,600 BOMA 360 designations since 2009 (retailers unknown)
Building design and construction
Application is in Portfolio Manager and consists of a:
Application is in Portfolio Manager and requests property information and preferred decal. If EPA verifies your application is eligible and complete, a Licensed Professional (LP) who is a Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA) must validate the application information before officially submitting
Green building design
Any retailer whose building design and construction (BD+C) and/or interior design and construction (ID+C) achieves a tier of LEED certification, according to score:
As of September 2017, more than 90,800 registered projects, globally
BD+C & ID+C ~780 retail projects certified (~1100 registered)
Holistic building management processes - operating procedures, preventative maintenance, etc.
Any retailer whose building operations and maintenance (O+M) achieves a tier of LEED certification, according to score:
O+M - 1 retail project certified
In 2016, 193 companies (2 retailers) received an A grade
EPA ENERGY STAR Excellence Award - ENERGY STAR Promotion
Any retailer who has planned and executed a successful promotion, marketing or consumer education campaign around an ENERGY STAR certified product category, series of products, or ENERGY STAR at large
In 2017, 6 organizations (0 retailers) received the award
Narrative application of no more than 3 pages not including samples of materials or collateral.
Content requirements include proof of increased: consumer understanding of ENERGY STAR, consumer awareness and sales of ENERGY STAR products, sustained efficiency behavior change, presence of ENERGY STAR in media, or positioning of ENERGY STAR as a trusted resource
NOTE: Application linked is for example purposes only and may not be the most recent
In 2017, 8 awardees (4 retailers)
NOTE: Application linked is for example purposes only and may not be the most recent
DOE Better Buildings ChallengeContact
Retailers with a
portfolio of buildings for which they track and control the energy
usage, who have signed a Better Buildings Challenge Partnership Agreement with DOE, share portfolio-wide data and submit two case studies
As of September 2017, 345 organizations (10 retailers) have committed to the Better Buildings Challenge
In 2017, 13 awardees (2 retailers)
EPA ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year and Sustained Excellence - Energy Management CategoryContact
Any retailer who has demonstrated improved energy performance of buildings through an organization-wide energy program, particularly by integrating and promoting ENERGY STAR tools and resources. Must show active participation in and promotion of ENERGY STAR.
Sustained Excellence winners must have also received Sustained Excellence award 1-2 years prior.
In 2017,Partner of the Year - 37 organizations (1 retailer) received the awardSustained Excellence - 97 organizations (7 retailers) received the award
Partner of the Year: Narrative application including energy management practices, communication strategies, and demonstration of energy savingsSustained Excellence: Narrative application including demonstration of leadership with ENERGY STAR and demonstration of energy savingsNOTE: Application linked is for example purposes only and may not be the most recent
Any retailer who meets GPP-specified green power usage requirements can apply for awards including:
Partner of the Year, Excellence, Sustained Excellence, Direct Project Engagement
Partner of the Year - 3 awardees (0 retailers) Excellence - 7 awardees (0 retailers) Sustained Excellence - 2 awardees (2 retailers)Direct Project Engagement - 3 awardees (0 retailers)
Retailers who are in the Fortune 500 and among the largest on-site solar adopters in terms of MW installed, number of installations, solar capacity installed in previous year, or % of facilities with solar
In 2016, 13 retailers were featured in one or more top ranking lists
DOE Better Buildings Smart Energy Analytics (SEA) Campaign
Accomplishments in implementing EMIS and ongoing monitoring
Any retailer that shows EMIS site or portfolio that demostrates:
In 2018, 5 awardees (no retailers) received these recognitions.
Type: Ranking - top 100 companies once evaluated according to 260 data points
Deadline: N/A - results released in Spring
In 2017, 10 of the 'top 100' were retailers
In 2017, 124 companies (6 retailers) were selected
200-question Ethics Quotient® survey
Forbes the Just 100: America's Best Corporate Citizens
In 2016, 7 of the 'top 100' were retailers
In 2017, 7 retail nominees
Any retailer who is invited to participate in RobecoSAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) (over 3,400 publicly traded companies are invited)
One Industry Leader is chosen for each industry group - which include Retailing and Food & Staples Retailing categories
Type: Ranking - key performance indicators used to measure and assess environmental performance
Deadline: N/A - results released in Summer
In 2016,Top 10 U.S. - 1 retailer listed
Top 10 World - 1 retailer listed
3,400 of the world's largest companies are invited to participate (867 participated in 2017) in the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). For each industry:
In 2017, 867 companies (19 retailers) from 42 countries participated in the Assessment. Six of the 19 retailers received a Class designation (Gold Silver, Bronze, Industry Mover)
9,454 companies (~30 retailers) across 162 countries
Narrative application must include:
A statement by the CEO expressing continued support for the UN Global Compact
A description of practical actions the company has taken or plans to take to implement the Ten Principles in each of the four areas (human rights, labour, environment, anti-corruption)
A measurement of outcomes (and commitment to submit a Communication on Progress (COP) annually)
The Civic 50
Business performance based on Investment, Integration, Institutionalization, and Impact
Private or Public company with U.S. operations and revenues of $1 billion or more
Type: Ranking-Top 50 companies based on 4,000 points (1,000 per criteria). Additional ranking based on Global Industry Classification Standard
Deadline: Application is open October-December, Due early 2019
In 2018, of the 50 awardees, 5 were retailers
Survey instrument with quantitative and multiple choice questions
Fortune: Change the World
Recognizes companies that have had a positive social impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy.
Any retailer- We prioritize companies with annual revenues of $1 billion or more.
Type: The initial solicitation and assessment of nominees is conducted in partnership with FSG, a nonprofit social-impact consulting firm; the Shared Value Initiative, a global platform for organizations seeking business solutions to social challenges; and Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School. Fortune writers and editors then evaluate and rank the companies by these four factors:
1. Measurable social impact
2. Business Results
3. Degree of Innovation
4. Corporate Integration
Deadline: Not Specified
In 2018, 57 companies were chosen (6 retailers)
Solicitation and assessment is done through a consulting firm.
Safe chemicals and products
In 2017, 35 awardees (2 retailers)
Narrative application of no more than 5 pages plus no more than 10 additional pages showing samples of activities. Evaluated according to 5 criteria related to the Safer Choice Program and Label:
Participation in the Program
Use of the Label
Promotion and use of products with the Label
Outreach and education on the Program to consumers and end-users
Innovations in safer chemistry and other efforts to advance the Program
Packaging Innovation - 1 awardee (0 retailers)
Oustanding Person - 1 awardee (1 retailer)
Outcome of a Partnership - 1 awardee (0 retailers)
Breakthrough Process - 1 awardee (0 retailers)
Four questions in 2017 application:
Supplier engagement - environmental
In 2016, 53 awardees (2 retailers)
Any retailer who is an existing WasteWise Partner and can submit prior years' waste data to qualify for Partner of the Year or Honorable Mention for one of four business sizes: