Giant Eagle

Summary of Giant Eagle grade

Pollinator Health Policy

Pollinator Health Policy

27.5 out of 45 points

Explanation of points

In September, 2020, Giant Eagle released a written, publicly available pollinator health policy. The policy identifies neonicotinoids as targets for elimination in its produce supply chain and encourages growers to utilize ecofriendly methods of pest and disease control. The policy states: “Giant Eagle will work with all produce suppliers currently using pesticides containing neonicotinoids to establish a chemical elimination timeline. If Giant Eagle is not satisfied with the response from those suppliers, Giant Eagle will consider measures up to and including the discontinuance of the supplier’s affected products.”

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’s policy does not include any time bound or measurable commitments to phase out other pesticides of concern in the company supply chains. While Giant Eagle’s policy encourages suppliers to shift to alternative pest management, it does not provide any specific details on what that means, nor does it provide suppliers with a list of regrettable substitutes to avoid.

Commitment to reduce pesticide use
17 out of 20 points
Scope of pesticide commitment
6 out of 10 points
Commitment to least-toxic approaches in non-organic supply chains
2.5 out of 5 points
Commitment to expand organic
2 out of 10 points
Implementation

Implementation

0 out of 90 points

Explanation of points

Giant Eagle has not taken any discernible 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 15 points
Measurably reduce pesticide use
0 out of 20 points
Support farmers to implement least-toxic approaches in non-organic supply chains
0 out of 15 points
Measurably expand organic
0 out of 20 points
Support domestic organic growers
0 out of 15 points
Support public policies
0 out of 5 points
Transparency & Accountability

Transparency & Accountability

11 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 FAQ on its website that explains the value of organics to people and the environment, stating: “Organic growing practices protect the ecosystem, the health of those who work the land and the long-term well-being of customers who eat the crops. This type of farming conserves natural resources by recycling natural materials.”

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. Giant Eagle does not have educational content online about the value of reducing pesticide use for pollinator and human health.

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

4 out of 9 points

Explanation of points

Giant Eagle’s pollinator policy states that the company “recognizes that a variety of chemicals negatively impact pollinators, with the notable inclusion of the neonicotinoid family of pesticides. We are proud that the vast majority of our live plant suppliers are neonicotinoid free, with the select remaining suppliers actively working to eliminate the pesticide family from their growing processes. Through our collaborative efforts, we are extremely excited to realize a live plant offering free of neonicotinoids by the end of 2021.”

Giant Eagle has not made a public commitment to remove neonicotinoid or glyphosate products from store shelves.

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

52.5 Points

D+
Grade

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