Environmental Responsibility

Sustainability and Our Social Purpose

As we continue Rite Aid’s growth and transformation into a retail healthcare company that provides a higher level of care to the communities we serve, our ability to focus on the nexus of health and environmental issues increases and becomes more relevant to our core vision, social purpose and aspirations to improve the health and wellness of our communities.

Sustainable Operations

At Rite Aid, we believe adopting green business principles is a conscientious decision for our business, our community and the environment.

Over the past five years, we have made significant investments in energy efficiency and waste reduction initiatives. It is our belief that when we as a company work to conserve resources, we are serving both our communities and our shareholders. Here are just a few of the ways we are striving to be a more sustainable company:

  • After upgrading to high-efficiency fluorescent lighting in all our stores, we are continuing to foster a sustainable environment by installing LED lighting. Our LED installations have decreased annual electric consumption in our stores by 18 million kWh.
  • By implementing industry best practices, we completed a redesign of our ice cream plant in El Monte, Calif., which included upgrades to an ammonia refrigeration system, lighting and HVAC systems. The implemented efficiencies results in an annual decrease by eight million kWh at our ice cream plant alone. This equates to approximately seven million pounds of CO2e removed from the atmosphere.
  • In 2015, we installed a 1098 kW solar system at our distribution center in Lancaster, Calif. The solar system produces 30 percent of the location’s power needs and produces 2.3 million kWh of solar electricity annually.
  • Over the course of the last three years, we safely decommissioned 228 in-store wet photo labs, completely eliminating this chemically intensive photo developing process from all Rite Aid locations.
  • In 2017, we diverted 25,901 tons of cardboard, office paper, plastics and other materials from our waste stream through our recycling program.
  • We currently benchmark our stores’ energy performance through Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager. This has allowed us to share operational best practices and performances across our footprint.

Store Design and Architecture

Rite Aid utilizes best-in-class architectural and engineering design firms that employ Building Council LEED™-accredited staff in developing our new store designs. Newly opened stores as well as remodeled stores meet or exceed the national building code standards for energy efficiency.

Hazardous Materials Handling

Properly handling the collection, treatment and disposal of waste material is a critical component of our social purpose and environmental sustainability efforts. Rite Aid has developed a comprehensive Hazardous Waste Program that includes policies and procedures that not only protect the environment and comply with environmental regulations, but also protect associates, customers and the local community.

Our Program

Our program is designed to ensure that front-end products and pharmaceuticals that are no longer fit for sale, as well as materials used by Rite Aid, are safely handled in accordance with federal, state and local hazardous waste guidelines.

The key program elements include:

  • Recognition of when an item or material must be considered to be waste.
  • The characteristics that determine when a waste must be treated as hazardous.
  • Procedures for properly processing and storing hazardous waste, including product incompatibilities and spill prevention.
  • Proper hazardous waste removal tracking and recordkeeping.
  • Emergency procedures, equipment and resources.
  • Weekly site inspections to maintain compliance with operational and recordkeeping requirements.

All Rite Aid retail and supply chain associates receive annual training in all elements of our Hazardous Waste Program.

Removing Chemicals of Consumer Concern

At Rite Aid, our mission is to improve the health and wellness of our communities through engaging experiences that provide our customers with the best products, services and advice to meet their unique needs. This commitment extends into our ongoing efforts to ensure that we meet the expectations of our customers in terms of the safety of some of the ingredients found in many products we sell today..

Rite Aid is committed to working with our supplier partners to ensure the products we sell are safe and healthy for our customers and the environment, and to keeping our stakeholders informed about our continuous efforts and progress in selling safe products.

View Rite Aid’s Chemical Policy

Responsible Sourcing: Forest Based
Supply Chains

The long-term sustainability of forest-based supply chains is particularly germane to this social purpose. In addition to directly affecting the livelihood of 20 percent of the world’s population, forests are home to more than 80 percent of the planet’s terrestrial biodiversity and are a source of thousands of medicines and health products. Forest also provide 75 percent of our fresh water, filter many pollutants from the air, regulate temperature and weather patterns, capture and store global-warming gasses and are perhaps the most effective and efficient natural systems in mitigating climate change and the profound effects that climate change is expected to have on the health and wellness of communities the world over.

Our Goal

Our initial goal is to promote responsibly managed, forest-based supply chains by applying Rite Aid’s Responsible Sourcing Guidelines (which is available on our supplier portal) to 100 percent of the paper products used in our business operations and report the proportion of forest products that support the objectives outlined in these Guidelines.

This initial goal addresses the largest volume of forest products used in Rite Aid’s daily business operations, such as advertising papers, copy and print paper and the pharmacy bags and the labels used by our pharmacy and distribution centers.

We have already achieved significant progress towards our goal, with 100 percent of the paper purchased for our advertising circulars being sourced from responsibly managed, forest-based supply chains certified to independent forest certification standards.

In time, as Rite Aid associates and its supplier partners learn from our collective efforts to achieve our goal, we will look for opportunities for improvement and expand our work to other areas of our business, such as the consumer forest products branded and sold by Rite Aid.

Responsible Forest-based Supply Chains

A responsibly managed, forest-based supply chain is one in which there are management practices promoting responsible forestry, the use of recycled content, sourcing, and protocols and mechanisms to track the fiber in the supply chain from its origin to the forest products supplied to Rite Aid and its customers.

Our Expectation

Rite Aid expects that the forest products from its suppliers are made of wood fiber that is sourced from responsibly managed, forest-based supply chains.

Measurement and Reporting

Reporting the results of Rite Aid and its suppliers in promoting responsibly managed, forest-based supply chains is integral to our success. As we progress with implementation of our sourcing guidelines, we will develop a reporting framework to communicate the progress of Rite Aid’s associates and suppliers to implement the Responsible Sourcing Guidelines and further its Objectives