Giant Eagle

Summary of Giant Eagle grade

Pollinator Health Policy

Pollinator Health Policy

35 out of 45 points

Explanation of points

In September, 2020, Giant Eagle released a written, publicly available pollinator health policy which was expanded in August, 2021. The policy requires produce suppliers to eliminate use of nitroguanidine neonicotinoids by 2025 and encourages them to reduce or eliminate use of organophosphates. It asks growers to avoid replacing one hazardous chemical for another and links to a list of regrettable substitutes. The policy also requires all national and global produce suppliers to adopt integrated pest management (IPM) practices by 2025. To achieve this, Giant Eagle asks growers to get certified to one of a list of vetted third party certifications with meaningful IPM criteria: USDA certified organic and international organic labels that meet the USDA standard for equivalency; Bee Better Certified; Equitable Food Initiative (EFI); Fair Trade International; Fair Trade USA – Year 6 and beyond; Global G.A.P – Integrated Farm Assurance V5, V6; LEAF Marque; Rainforest Alliance; Sustainable Food Group Sustainability Standard; Sustainability Grown (SCS Global Services). Some of these certifications also have restrictions on pesticides of concern. Suppliers who are not able to get certified are required to create an IPM plan that meets key, stringent criteria which will be reviewed by an external entity with expertise in IPM. The policy includes a clear definition of IPM as “a pest management framework that minimizes pesticide use and risks by: relying on inspection and monitoring to detect and correct conditions that could lead to pest problems; implementing biological, cultural and physical strategies to prevent and suppress pest populations; using chemical controls only as a last resort and when economically justified; and assessing pesticide risks and prioritizing the lowest risk options.” Giant Eagle’s policy recognizes the benefit of organic agriculture to eliminate use of toxic pesticides and states that the company is committed to grow the number and variety of organic items available in its stores.

Giant Eagle could further expand its policy by addressing additional pesticides of concern and/or by addressing use of pollinator-toxic pesticides and use of least-toxic agriculture methods in food or beverage supply chains beyond produce.

Commitment to reduce pesticide use
15 out of 15 points
Avoiding regrettable substitutes
5 out of 5 points
Commitment to least-toxic approaches in non-organic supply chains
10 out of 10 points
Commitment to organic
5 out of 15 points
Implementation

Implementation

32 out of 90 points

Explanation of points

Giant Eagle’s pollinator health policy includes a timebound commitment of 2025 to eliminate use of nitroguanidine neonicotinoids in the company’s produce supply chain. Giant Eagle’s pollinator health policy also includes a timebound commitment of 2025 for produce growers to adopt ecological farming methods known as integrated pest management (IPM), as verified by a vetted list of third-party certifiers: USDA certified organic and international organic labels that meet the USDA standard for equivalency; Bee Better Certified; Equitable Food Initiative (EFI); Fair Trade International; Fair Trade USA – Year 6 and beyond; Global G.A.P – Integrated Farm Assurance V5, V6; LEAF Marque; Rainforest Alliance; Sustainable Food Group Sustainability Standard; Sustainability Grown (SCS Global Services). Those not able to get certified are required to create an IPM plan that meets key, stringent criteria which will be reviewed by an external entity with expertise in IPM.

Giant Eagle has not taken any other discernable action to reduce use of pesticides of concern to pollinator and human health or expand organic farming and other least-toxic approaches in its supply chains. The actions we evaluated include: 1) tracking use of pesticides in company supply chains, 2) measurably reducing pesticide use in the past three years and publicly reporting on data, 3) supporting farmers in non-organic supply chains to shift to least-toxic approaches such as integrated pest management and regenerative agriculture, 4) measurably expanding organic offerings in the past three years, 5) demonstrating support for U.S. growers to transition to organic farming, and 6) demonstrating advocacy for public policies aimed at reducing agricultural pesticide use, protecting pollinators and supporting the expansion of organic agriculture in the U.S.

Track pesticide use in supply chain
0 out of 10 points
Measurably reduce pesticide use
15 out of 15 points
Prioritize least-toxic approaches in non-organic supply chains
12 out of 20 points
Prioritize USDA certified organic
5 out of 25 points
Support domestic organic growers
0 out of 15 points
Support public policies
0 out of 5 points
Transparency & Accountability

Transparency & Accountability

16 out of 21 points

Explanation of points

Giant Eagle’s pollinator health policy is publicly available. The policy includes a goal to eliminate neonic use in the company’s produce supply chains and states that Giant Eagle will continue to increase organic offerings.

Giant Eagle has a complete definition of USDA organic on its website and explains the value of organics to people and the environment. Giant Eagle’s website also explains the value of reducing use of toxic pesticides for pollinator health.

Giant Eagle does not appear to include reduction of pesticides of concern to pollinators and human health or expansion of organic offerings in company Key Performance Indicators or other formal sustainability criteria.

Make policies and commitments publicly available
6 out of 6 points
Oversight
0 out of 5 points
Educate consumers
10 out of 10 points
Collaboration

Collaboration

10 out of 10 points

Explanation of points

Giant Eagle has communicated with Friends of the Earth in the past year. Giant Eagle briefed Friends of the Earth in advance of a public announcement in relation to pollinators and pesticides in the past three years.

Complimentary Home & Garden Policies

Complimentary Home & Garden Policies

9 out of 9 points

Explanation of points

Giant Eagle’s pollinator policy states that all live plant suppliers do not use neonicotinoids and that the company no longer sells products for home garden use that contain neonicotinoids or glyphosate.

Policy for live goods
4 out of 4 points
Policy for on-shelf pesticide products
5 out of 5 points
Bonus Points

Bonus Points

out of 40 points

Explanation of points

102 Points

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