For more than 100 years, Sears and Kmart have been integral members of the communities in which they operate. We are happy to issue our first Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report, which shares our efforts as an organization towards social and environmental stewardship.We recognize our responsibility to the communities we serve and believe that great value can be driven by the responsible management of our environmental, social and economic resources. While I am proud to present our accomplishments for 2014, we are also excited to look to the future and identify opportunities for success and value for our many stakeholders.
Our environmental and social responsibility initiatives are essential to minimizing the impact of our business on the environment, driving operational cost savings and delivering a best-in-class member experience. We maintain these priorities while meeting the needs of our various stakeholders across the communities in which we work and serve.
Highlights from the 2014 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report include:
- Sears Holdings was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award in both the Retail and Energy Management categories. This marked our fifth year of consecutive recognition in retail and our third straight year for energy management.
- During the 2014 holiday season, Kmart and our Shop Your Way® members and customers donated $17.5 million to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Thanks and Giving® campaign, making it one of the largest single donations through a retailer fundraising campaign.
- The Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index awarded Sears Holdings with a perfect score for the 10th year in a row. We are proud to be recognized for promoting workplace equality.
- In 2014, more than 5.3 million ENERGY STAR certified products were sold through Sears and Kmart. This resulted in more than 600 million kilowatt-hours of electricity saved and more than $100 million in electricity cost savings for our members.
Bill Hutchinson is the Senior Vice President & President of Supply Chain for Sears Holdings.