Our responsible retailing strategy

Being responsible is integral to our business. We support the health and well-being of our customers and communities. Associates throughout the business are engaged in putting our strategy into practice, and we support them in leading healthier, more sustainable lives, too. We endeavor to source our products responsibly and manage our environmental impact.

Tackling the material issues

Climate change, obesity, animal welfare, product integrity, aging populations – these are some of the challenges that we, and our stakeholders, see in the world around us. We believe that we have a vital role to play in helping people live long and healthy lives. As a food retailer with a huge reach, we see real opportunities to make a difference to the well-being of our customers, communities and associates. We also want to play an active and responsible role when it comes to our supply chain and the environment.

Our priority areas

Based on the issues that are most material to Ahold and its stakeholders, we defined five priority areas in 2010: healthy living, community well-being, our people, responsible products and care for the environment. In 2010, we set a series of targets to 2015 for our priority areas, which we have now been reporting on for four years.

Download our 2014 Responsible Retailing Report or visit our "Better neighbor” page to watch various short videos showcasing our responsible retailing initiatives.

News

Ahold USA joins the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program
Jul 29, 2015

Ahold USA joins the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program

Ahold USA Becomes the First Major Grocer in the U.S. to Participate in Acclaimed Effort to Improve t...

Ahold publishes Responsible Retailing Report 2014
Mar 9, 2015

Ahold publishes Responsible Retailing Report 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands – Ahold today published its Responsible Retailing Report 2014, updating sta...

Ahold again recognized in sustainability ranking
Sep 11, 2014

Ahold again recognized in sustainability ranking

Zaandam, the Netherlands – Ahold’s position as a responsible retailer has been confirmed, following ...

Ahold USA supports progress towards opening housing for sows
Nov 11, 2013

Ahold USA supports progress towards opening housing for sows

Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States – Ahold USA today announced that it will encourage its pork su...

Albert ranked third as responsible retailer
Nov 1, 2013

Albert ranked third as responsible retailer

On October 17, the “Business for Society” organization in the Czech Republic announced the results o...

Ahold highlighted as “EIA Green Cooling Leader”
Sep 18, 2013

Ahold highlighted as “EIA Green Cooling Leader”

On September 18, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) published its fifth “Chilling Facts” r...

Ahold significantly improves score in Dow Jones Sustainability Index
Sep 12, 2013

Ahold significantly improves score in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

For the fifth year in a row, Ahold kept its spot in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World ...

Ahold USA divisions revamp Passport to Nutrition program
Jul 22, 2013

Ahold USA divisions revamp Passport to Nutrition program

As part of their commitment to providing health and wellness resources to their customers and with a...

Peapod partners with Harvest Moon on local farm boxes
Jul 19, 2013

Peapod partners with Harvest Moon on local farm boxes

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to get summer’s bounty directly from the farm t...

Ahold CEO elected new co-chair of Consumer Goods Forum
Jun 12, 2013

Ahold CEO elected new co-chair of Consumer Goods Forum

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Ahold today announced the appointment of CEO Dick Boer as co-chair of t...

Ahold USA celebrates Earth Day 2013
Apr 23, 2013

Ahold USA celebrates Earth Day 2013

Monday, April 22 was Earth Day, and all four Ahold USA divisions got involved in the celebrations as...

Stop & Shop and Ahold USA donate $500,000 to The One Fund Boston
Apr 19, 2013

Stop & Shop and Ahold USA donate $500,000 to The One Fund Boston

On April 18, Stop & Shop and Ahold USA announced donations totaling $500,000 from the companies and ...

Ahold USA retail divisions awarded LEED certifications for six newly constructed stores
Apr 4, 2013

Ahold USA retail divisions awarded LEED certifications for six newly constructed stores

he Ahold USA retail divisions recently achieved another milestone in their commitment to building gr...

Albert Heijn wins award as most sustainable supermarket
Mar 22, 2013

Albert Heijn wins award as most sustainable supermarket

Zaandam, the Netherlands – According to annual research into the sustainability and transparency of ...

Albert’s Healthy 5 launches “Golden Coins in the Kitchen” cookery competition
Feb 27, 2013

Albert’s Healthy 5 launches “Golden Coins in the Kitchen” cookery competition

Albert’s Healthy 5 program in the Czech Republic – a healthy eating educational program for schools ...

Albert Heijn introduces more animal-friendly chicken
Feb 25, 2013

Albert Heijn introduces more animal-friendly chicken

Today, all links in the poultry chain, from farmers to supermarkets, reached an agreement to improve...

Giant Food offers healthy ideas for kids and families
Jan 8, 2013

Giant Food offers healthy ideas for kids and families

LANDOVER, Md. – With new year’s resolutions still fresh in customers’ minds, Giant Food of Landover,...

Giant Food Stores & Martin's Food Markets offer healthy ideas for kids and families this year
Jan 7, 2013

Giant Food Stores & Martin's Food Markets offer healthy ideas for kids and families this year

Carlisle, PA – In its continuing effort to promote healthy kids and communities, GIANT Food Stores a...

Stop & Shop offers healthy ideas for kids and families this new year
Jan 3, 2013

Stop & Shop offers healthy ideas for kids and families this new year

Quincy, MA and Purchase, NY – To continue its commitment to promote healthy kids and communities, Th...

Managing food waste and fighting hunger
Dec 15, 2012

Managing food waste and fighting hunger

All four Ahold USA divisions engage in hunger relief efforts – a natural fit for a food retailer. Th...

Stop & Shop and Ahold USA donate $2.5 million for Hurricane Sandy clean up and recovery efforts
Nov 7, 2012

Stop & Shop and Ahold USA donate $2.5 million for Hurricane Sandy clean up and recovery efforts

Purchase, NY – The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC and Ahold USA, today announced donations tot...

Stop & Shop to open New Wayland, Mass. store Nov. 16
Oct 18, 2012

Stop & Shop to open New Wayland, Mass. store Nov. 16

Quincy, Mass.– The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announced today it will open its doors at 6 a...

WNF and Albert Heijn collaborate to promote conservation and sustainability
Oct 2, 2012

WNF and Albert Heijn collaborate to promote conservation and sustainability

Zaandam, the Netherlands – Dutch retailer Albert Heijn and the Wereld Natuur Fonds (WNF), the Dutch ...

Albert Heijn and farmer organizations press for sustainability
Sep 21, 2012

Albert Heijn and farmer organizations press for sustainability

Zaandam, the Netherlands – This morning, Albert Jan Maat and Hans Huijbers of the Dutch Federation o...

Giant Food announces Hunger Action Month initiatives
Sep 6, 2012

Giant Food announces Hunger Action Month initiatives

Landover, Md. – Giant Food of Landover, Md. announced several initiatives across Maryland, Virginia,...

Martin’s Food Markets partners with local Richmond community to provide healthier options in the check-out lane
Aug 17, 2012

Martin’s Food Markets partners with local Richmond community to provide healthier options in the check-out lane

Richmond, VA – How many of us have had the impulse to grab a candy bar or other unhealthy snack whil...

Stop & Shop launches new health & wellness initiatives
Apr 25, 2012

Stop & Shop launches new health & wellness initiatives

Purchase, NY - The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC is launching two new health and wellness init...

Giant & Martin's focus on keeping kids healthy this spring
Apr 17, 2012

Giant & Martin's focus on keeping kids healthy this spring

Carlisle, PA – In its ongoing efforts to fight childhood obesity and help kids live healthier lifest...

Giant installs solar panels at Lancaster and Pottstown locations
Feb 10, 2012

Giant installs solar panels at Lancaster and Pottstown locations

Lancaster, PA - Giant Food Stores today announced that roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems have...

Ahold USA recognized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for leading green power purchases
Feb 7, 2012

Ahold USA recognized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for leading green power purchases

Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States – Ahold USA announced today that for the first time it appears...


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