From Education to the Environment, Lowe’s 2012 CSR Report Highlights Company’s Improvement Efforts
Lowes and its foundation supported more than 8,000 community and education projects
MOORESVILLE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Lowes announced the release of its 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, providing a comprehensive review of Lowes corporate citizenship activities during the past fiscal year. The report can be viewed on the companys CSR website at Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.
Lowe's (LOW) worked with national partners Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together to build and repair homes for low-income families. Together with the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, Lowe's supported more than 8,000 community improvement projects across North America. (Photo: Business Wire)
This years report, titled Improving the Places We Call Home, spotlights the work completed across the company to improve Lowes workplaces, communities and the environment.
To achieve greater progress for our communities and our company, we continue to build on our commitment to never stop improving, said Robert Niblock , Lowes chairman, president and CEO. Were focused on carrying out those responsibilities every day with the help of our 245,000 employees across North America.
Lowes CSR website details the companys progress in important focus areas, including the health and welfare of its workforce, support for public education and community improvement, disaster relief and environmental stewardship. The site also provides an expanded interactive map to allow visitors to explore how Lowes is meeting the needs of local communities.
Highlights from the annual report include:
- Lowes added three new mobile health-screening units to its fleet to bring free health screenings and provide important health advice to employees at every U.S. location.
- To foster leadership opportunities, Lowes brought together women from across the company for its Womens Leadership Summit. Lowes also was recognized nationally for its efforts to recruit, train and support Americas veterans and people with disabilities.
- The Lowes Employee Relief Fund distributed $2.4 million, the largest amount in the history of the fund. Those dollars helped more than 2,100 Lowes employees who suffered a significant hardship an average of 42 employees each week.
- Lowes Heroes employee volunteers went door-to-door in communities to deliver critically needed supplies and support after tornadoes, Tropical Storm Debby, two major hurricanes Isaac and Sandy and wildfires.
- Lowes committed $3 million and partnered with the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity ®, Boys & Girls Clubs of America , Rebuilding Together® and the First Response Team of America to provide immediate and long-term disaster assistance.
- In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, 35 Lowes stores in New York and New Jersey handed out free family-style Thanksgiving dinners to feed more than 136,000 people.
- Lowes joined with the Lowes Charitable and Educational Foundation to support more than 8,000 community and education projects across North America.
- Lowes Toolbox for Education ®, the companys signature education grant program, provided nearly $5 million to fund improvements at more than 1,100 schools in 49 states.
- Lowes also broadened its support of scholarships. In addition to continuing contributions to the United Negro College Fund, Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Lowes partnered with the American Indian College Fund to provide scholarships for American Indian students.
- The companys success promoting energy and water conservation brought repeat honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Lowes won its third consecutive ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award and became the first retailer to win four consecutive WaterSense® awards. The EPA also honored Lowes with its fourth consecutive SmartWay® award for leading transportation initiatives.
- Lowes increased its recycling and reuse rates and continued to make recycling easier for customers. The company expanded its plastic plant tray and pot recycling program to Canada and launched a new distribution center program to improve the consolidation and recycling of wood pallets, cardboard and other material. Lowes recycled more than 400,000 tons of cardboard and pallets, the equivalent weight of 10 aircraft carriers.
- Lowes also strengthened its partnership with Keep America Beautiful to improve local communities across the country by reducing waste, increasing recycling and enhancing community spaces. Volunteers donated more than 100,000 hours of service to their local communities through Lowes-supported projects.
To learn more about these efforts and Lowes latest social responsibility activities, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.
With fiscal year 2012 sales of $50.5 billion, Lowes Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 100 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,750 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowes is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com.
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