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• Safeway operates grocery stores throughout the United States and Canada.

• Unions accuse Safeway of maintaining unfair terms of trade and kept employee benefits at a minimum.

• Safeway has made efforts to carry more organic products but its non-organic store-brand foods still include unlabeled GMOs.

• Adopt-a-Supermarket to tell Safeway to fully commit to Fair Trade and aim to shop sustainably with local producers and retailers through Go Green.

-- Profile Updated 07/01/2010

About Safeway


Safeway operates over 1,775 grocery stores throughout the United States and Canada. The Pleasanton, California-based company reported $38.416 billion in sales and employed 201,000 people in 2005.

Campaigns

Fair Trade Your Supermarket

Have you ever been frustrated by searching the shelves of your local supermarket for Fair Trade chocolate or sugar…

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Have you ever been frustrated by searching the shelves of your local supermarket for Fair Trade chocolate or sugar, coffee or tea, rice or fresh fruit, only to find none available? Our new campaign gives you the tools you need to join with other Fair Trade advocates around the country, pushing more and more supermarkets to carry products that are certified to be good for people and the planet.

Please follow the link provided to help your Supermarket become Fair Trade.

www.fairtradeyoursupermarket.org/


Stop Factory Farm Organics

The Organic Consumers Association is calling for consumers to protect the integrity of certified organic dairy products…

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The Organic Consumers Association is calling for consumers to protect the integrity of certified organic dairy products. According to the campaign, two of the largest organic dairy companies in the nation, Horizon Organic (a subsidiary of Dean Foods), a supplier to Wal-Mart and many health food stores; and Aurora Organic, a supplier of private brand name organic milk to Costco, Safeway, Giant, Wild Oats and others, who together control 65% of the market, are purchasing the majority of their milk from feedlot dairies where the cows have little or no access to pasture.

These giant dairy feedlots regularly import calves from conventional farms, where animals have been fed slaughterhouse waste and genetically engineered grains, and injected or dosed with antibiotics. Sign the petition and send a message to the companies' CEOs and let them know you are boycotting their products until they comply with USDA organic standards.

www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/oca/campaign.jsp?campaign_KE...


Adopt-A-Supermarket Campaign

Co-op America's ADOPT-A-SUPERMARKET campaign is linking up Fair Trade advocates with stores in their local communities to keep pressure on supermarkets to carry and promote more Fair Trade products…

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Co-op America's ADOPT-A-SUPERMARKET campaign is linking up Fair Trade advocates with stores in their local communities to keep pressure on supermarkets to carry and promote more Fair Trade products. Sign up to Adopt-A-Supermarket today. Tell us which store you are adopting and the location of the store.

www.coopamerica.org/programs/fairtrade/whatyoucando/supermarketcampaign.cfm...


Affiliates

- Arcadia Pavilions (Other) - Arcadia, CA
- Canada Safeway Limited - Calgary, Canada
- Carr Gottstein Foods Company (Subsidiary) - Anchorage, AK

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- Carr Gottstein Foods Company (Subsidiary) - Anchorage, AK
- Dominick's Finer Foods Division (Subsidiary) - Oak Brook, IL
- Genuardi's Family Markets Inc. (Subsidiary) - Norristown, PA
- GroceryWorks Holdings, Inc - Pleasanton, CA
- Property Development Associates - Pleasanton, CA
- Randalls Food & Pharmacy - Houston, TX
- Randalls Properties, Inc. (Subsidiary) - Houston, TX
- Safeway Inc. (Subsidiary) - Pleasanton, CA
- The Vons Companies, Inc. (Subsidiary) - Arcadia, CA
- Tom Thumb Food & Pharmacy - Dallas, TX

Contact Safeway


Safeway
Pleasanton, CA 94588-3229 USA

Phone: 925-467-3000

Web: www.safeway.com

Alerts

Ethics and Governance

Safeway achieved a score of 75 on the Human Rights Campaign 2008 Corporate Equality Index which rates large corporations on polici…

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Safeway achieved a score of 75 on the Human Rights Campaign 2008 Corporate Equality Index which rates large corporations on policies that affect their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. The HRC Corporate Equality Index rates companies on a scale of 0 to 100 percent.

-- Human Rights Campaign, 09/17/2007

Source URL: www.hrc.org/issues/ceihome.asp


Safeway CEO Stefan A. Burd is a major financial contributor to the Republican Party.…

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Safeway CEO Stefan A. Burd is a major financial contributor to the Republican Party. Burd contributed the maximum legal amount to President Bush in the first month after Bush announced his 2004 reelection campaign, and went on to raise more than $200,000 for the president.

-- Business Week, 06/04/2007

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Paperwork filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission placed Safeway CEO Steven Burd’s total 2006 compensation at $11.5 mill…

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Paperwork filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission placed Safeway CEO Steven Burd’s total 2006 compensation at $11.5 million dollars, at a time when union employees had not recieved a wage increase in four years and were threatening to strike over new contract proposals which would have slashed workers’ healthcare and benefits.

-- Ventura County Star, 04/05/2007

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After Kroger(Ralphs), Safeway(Vons) and Albertson’s formed a mutual aid agreement during the 2003-2004 United Food and Commercial …

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After Kroger(Ralphs), Safeway(Vons) and Albertson’s formed a mutual aid agreement during the 2003-2004 United Food and Commercial Workers(UFCW) strike and lockout, the California Attorney General brought an antitrust suit against the three chains. The Attorney General alleged that the mutual aid agreement, which sought to mitigate the effects of the strike through profit sharing, “violated antitrust laws and hurt consumers by discouraging competitive pricing.” Despite the pending charges, in 2007 the three chains again threatened to form a mutual aid agreement when it appeared that labor negotiations would break down.

-- Ventura County Star, 04/05/2007

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US District Judge George King dismissed Safeway from an antitrust lawsuit brought by California Atty.…

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US District Judge George King dismissed Safeway from an antitrust lawsuit brought by California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer over a “mutual-aid agreement” whereby Safeway’s Vons unit, Albertson’s and Kroger owned Ralph’s stores attempted to lesson the impact of labor unrest in 2003-2004. In 2003, United Food and Commercial Workers(UFCW) struck over contract disputes with Vons, and were locked out of Ralph’s and Albertson’s. Prior to the onset of the strike and ensuing lockout, the three companies agreed to share resources to ensure no company could profit from the upheaval and to insulate themselves from the effects of the strike. Safeway was dismissed on the grounds that Vons, and not its parent company, committed the actions which allegedly violate federal antitrust law. Vons remains a defendant in the case.

-- New York Times, 07/11/2006

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In 2004 Safeway investors mounted a serious challenge to the reelection of Safeway CEO Steven Burd and other members of Safeway’s …

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In 2004 Safeway investors mounted a serious challenge to the reelection of Safeway CEO Steven Burd and other members of Safeway’s board of directors. The effort was led by the California Public Employee’s Retirement System (CalPERS,) one of the nation’s largest public pension funds. Burd alleged that the mutiny was in retaliation for his hard-line stance during labor negotiations that year, and pointed to the close ties between CalPERS and officers of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UCFW,) which represents many Safeway employees. CalPERS argued that a new direction was needed because of Safeway’s falling stock price, substantial losses and the connections between Safeway’s board of directors and the investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR.) KKR at one point controlled enough Safeway stock to secure the appointment of Burd and others, and CalPERS charged that Safeway has several times made decisions which benefited KKR but not Safeway shareholders. Ultimately, the challenge was unsuccessful and Burd remained CEO.

-- Los Angeles Times, 05/21/2004

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In January 2004, in the wake of worker strikes over health care benefits, Safeway Inc.…

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In January 2004, in the wake of worker strikes over health care benefits, Safeway Inc. awarded 11 senior and executive vice presidents millions of dollars in stock grants and options under a new compensation plan. When Labor leaders and union representatives criticized this decision, a Safeway spokesperson responded that the awards were necessary because "after two years of wage freezes and undersized bonuses, it was becoming difficult to attract and keep talent. "

-- Los Angeles Times, 01/25/2004

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Labor

Union members working at two of the region's largest supermarket chains have approved a new contract with Giant Foods, owned by Ro…

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Union members working at two of the region's largest supermarket chains have approved a new contract with Giant Foods, owned by Royal Ahold NV, and with Safeway Inc. The contract includes a $1.50 wage increase over four years, an increase in starting rates for new hires, an increase in employer contributions to pension funds, advanced scheduling notices and no reduction in health care coverage. The agreement averted a possible strike by about 23,000 UFCW members.

-- Washington Post, 04/02/2008

Source URL: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/01/AR2008...


Southern California has witnessed considerable labor tension between grocery chains and the powerful United Food and Commercial Wo…

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Southern California has witnessed considerable labor tension between grocery chains and the powerful United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW.) Claiming that Wal-Mart’s lack of union labor is making it impossible to compete—even though Wal-Mart accounts for only one percent of California’s grocery market—Kroger(Ralphs), Albertson’s and Safeway(Vons) have repeatedly attempted to force the union into accepting inferior contracts and sacrificing their healthcare plans. In 2003-2004 Safeway-led efforts to curtail worker’s health plans resulted in a UFCW strike against Safeway, and immediately after the launch of the strike against Safeway, workers were locked out by Albertsons and Krogers, leaving more than 70,000 workers on strike or locked out.

-- United Food and Commercial Workers, 09/11/2007

Source URL: www.ufcw.org/hold_the_line/facts_and_news/facts.cfm


In December 2004 Vons was one of three supermarket companies that agreed to pay $22.4 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by …

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In December 2004 Vons was one of three supermarket companies that agreed to pay $22.4 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by janitors who alleged they were illegally classified as subcontractors and underpaid at hundreds of Southern California stores. The payment will be split over 2,100 janitors who worked at Albertsons, Ralphs Grocery and Vons supermarkets between 1994 and 2001. They will receive payouts ranging from $4,500 to $9,300, depending on where they worked and for how long, according to attorneys. The supermarkets had stated that they weren't responsible for the janitors' schedules. The janitors worked for a national contracting firm, Building One Service Solutions, which used more than 200 subcontractors. The supermarkets agreed three years ago to bring janitors up to union wages by hiring them or hiring union contractors.

-- Associated Press, 12/07/2004

Source URL: none available


Health and Safety

Laboratory testing commissioned by Greenpeace revealed that Safeway Select Infant Formula is made with genetically engineered soy.…

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Laboratory testing commissioned by Greenpeace revealed that Safeway Select Infant Formula is made with genetically engineered soy. The findings follow a recent report by the preeminent British scientific organization, The British Royal Society, which called for infant formulas that contain genetically engineered ingredients to be "investigated more rigorously" because infants are more vulnerable to potential health risks of these experimental foods.

-- Organic Consumers Association, 05/10/2002

Source URL: www.organicconsumers.org/gefood/safewayprotest051002.cfm


Organic Consumers Association issued this statement on their website: “We are asking Safeway to make a pledge to eliminate GE ingr…

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Organic Consumers Association issued this statement on their website: “We are asking Safeway to make a pledge to eliminate GE ingredients including rBGH from their store brand products. Although Safeway does sell some organic products (which prohibit the use of GE ingredients), their continued support of this technology is a mortal threat to organic agriculture.”

-- Organic Consumers Association, 09/06/2007

Source URL: www.organicconsumers.org/supermarket/background.cfm


Safeway recalled bread in March 2007 from stores in parts of Nevada and California after wire fragments from a broken piece of mac…

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Safeway recalled bread in March 2007 from stores in parts of Nevada and California after wire fragments from a broken piece of machinery contaminated the bread. Reportedly, no one was injured.

-- Business Wire, 03/09/2007

Source URL: www.businesswire.com


In January 2004, Safeway recalled Deli BBQ Chicken purchased on January 23, 2004 at a Vancouver, BC Safeway, citing that the chick…

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In January 2004, Safeway recalled Deli BBQ Chicken purchased on January 23, 2004 at a Vancouver, BC Safeway, citing that the chicken may have been contaminated with oven cleaner.

-- Canada Newswire Ltd., 01/24/2004

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In California in January 2004, the Environmental Working Group and the Center for Environmental Health presented a notice of inten…

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In California in January 2004, the Environmental Working Group and the Center for Environmental Health presented a notice of intent to file an anti-toxin lawsuit against two B.C. salmon farms, Marine Harvest and the Stolt Sea Farm group, along with and 48 additional U.S. and Canadian salmon farms, fish processors and grocery chains, including Safeway. The companies have been accused of failing to warn consumers the fish contain what the environmental groups claim are potentially dangerous levels of cancer-causing chemicals known as PCBs. The two groups were petitioning salmon farmers to stop feeding practices that lead to high concentrations of PCBs -- chemicals known to cause cancer, reproductive harm and nervous-system damage.

-- Vancouver Sun, 01/23/2004

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Ethics and Governance

In 2002 PETA announced it was boycotting Safeway after an undercover investigation revealed animals were kept and slaughtered in i…

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In 2002 PETA announced it was boycotting Safeway after an undercover investigation revealed animals were kept and slaughtered in inhumane conditions at Oklahoma’s Seaboard Farms, a significant meat supplier to the grocery chain. However, PETA ended its “Shameway” campaign in just four months when Safeway acquiesced to demands for more humane standards. Safeway cooperated with subsequent efforts to improve animal welfare at Safeway suppliers.

-- PETA, 05/15/2002

Source URL: www.goveg.com/corp_shameway.asp