Macy’s, Inc. remains steadfastly committed to sustainability. For more than a decade,
we have made significant progress on many fronts and we continue to look for ways to minimize
our environmental impact. As a leading national retailer with a large footprint and 140,000
dedicated associates, we have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in improving
the environment. We do so by using resources more efficiently and striving to reduce our
overall impact on the environment. As we do so, we operate within the bounds of good business
decision-making so that each action we take is measurable, sustainable and enduring.
We will be aggressive in our drive to eliminate wasteful behavior. In some cases, this
requires consistent application of very simple principles, such as reminding our associates
to turn off lights when rooms are not in use, to print fewer hard copies of emails, to
recycle waste, to optimize facility performance and to use mass transit for commuting
to work. In other cases, we will be pursuing systematic improvements to the way we do
business, such as better targeting customer mailing lists and shifting marketing to
electronic media by leveraging the digital and social channels used by our customers.
We will reduce our use of scarce resources in a meaningful way. Macy’s, Inc. will
pursue ongoing programs to consume less electricity and water, reduce our waste stream,
and source more of our power from renewable resources such as solar energy. We will
recycle more and seek to use paper made with post-consumer waste (PCW). We will work to
migrate more of our output from paper to electronic/digital, including large-scale
projects such as monthly customer billing statements.
Whenever possible and sensible within the context of our business requirements, Macy’s,
Inc. will pursue the most environmentally friendly solution. We will be as aggressive as
possible in changing for the better to preserve endangered forests, wildlife, water quality
and eco-systems. We will explore ways to make our shopping bags, gift boxes, wrapping tissue,
merchandise hangers and other staples of retailing from recycled and/or certified paper
sources, with a preference for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. The building
materials used in our stores will be environmentally certified whenever reasonably possible.
We will take a comprehensive approach to sustainability, involving everyone around us.
Macy’s, Inc. will advocate sustainability and renewability with our vendor partners,
associates and customers. This will include developing supplier sustainability standards
and promoting eco-friendly products to our customers. We will encourage our associates and
ask them to support our initiatives with their ideas, energy, personal actions and volunteer
time. We will support efforts in our communities and our nation to clean up the environment
and reduce consumption of scarce resources.
We will measure what we do and strive toward quantifiable goals. Building on recent progress,
Macy’s, Inc. has set the following sustainability goals to guide our progress in the years
ahead. Specifically, Macy’s, Inc. will seek to:
Reduce our energy use on a kWh-per-square-foot basis by another 2 percent in each of 2017,
2018 and 2019 (compared with 2016 levels), recognizing that we already have reduced our energy
consumption by about 36 percent over the past 14 years.
Install solar power systems on Macy’s, Inc. facilities to a total of 102 by the end of 2017.
Increase the amount of our waste diverted from landfills to 70 percent by 2018 (up from more than
60 percent in 2015).
Maintain the percentage of recycled (10 percent PCW or higher) and/or third-party certified paper
we use in marketing materials at the 99 percent level, compared with 63 percent in 2009.
By 2018, increase the company’s waste diversion from construction by 15 percent over 2016
levels in major capital projects.