7-Eleven has released a 2022 snapshot of its sustainability efforts, including the progress made toward parent company Seven & i Holdings Co. Ltd.’s Green Challenge 2050, a four-pronged strategy to reduce the environmental footprint of its entire store network and supply chain.
The “Creating a Sustainable Future Together” snapshot also provided an update on 7-Eleven’s sustainable sourcing improvements, both from vendor partners and through private label product innovation.
Its popular 7-Select Replenish energy drink brand, for instance – which, the report reveals, has grown to $30 million in annual sales since its 2019 launch– has been redesigned to be more efficiently packaged. Now 40 cases of the drink can be carried per pallet, up from 30, resulting in a 25% reduction in the number of trucks (or 755 fewer trucks) the company needs to be put on the road to keep the stores supplied.
“There also will be less plastic used in both bottle and wrap, projecting an annual waste reduction of 208 tonnes.”
Cage-free egg sourcing is another priority identified in the report.
“We’re committed to working with suppliers toward a goal of sourcing 100 percent cage-free eggs for all U.S. and Canada stores by 2025, based on available supply,” it reads.
More Canadian highlights
The snapshot also devotes a section to community programs, and highlights the stellar efforts in Canada.
This included the custom KYSA (Kamloops Youth Soccer Association) Slurpee® Cup and campaigns in support of United Way Calgary, YMCA Calgary, Calgary Food Bank, Alberta Cancer Foundation, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Boys and Girls Club of Peel.
Through these campaigns, 7-Eleven Canada raised more than $525,000 last year.
“As we continue our journey in being a good neighbour, we’re always finding ways to give a helping hand to the communities in which we operate,” said Marc Goodman, vice-president and general manager at 7-Eleven Canada. “Our customers wear their hearts on their sleeves and have been so supportive in our initiatives throughout the years.”
“We look forward to continuing the fight to beat hunger and doing our part to support our neighbors in need,” he added.