Sustainability in Action

Macy’s, Inc.’s commitment to sustainability is multidimensional; some examples of our sustainability in action are:

LED Lighting

Macy’s, Inc. has installed more than 1.8 million LED lamps and fixtures in nearly all Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores across America. LED bulbs cut energy consumption used in lighting by up to 70 percent compared with the conventional bulbs they replaced. New types of LED installations continue to be piloted and used in new stores and store remodel projects. The 2016 retrofit encompassed 380 stores and 460,000 lamps, saving an estimated 25.7 million kWh.

Solar Power

Macy’s was ranked as the fourth largest American company in total on-site installed solar capacity in 2016 by the Solar Energy Industries Association. The company is planning and developing nine additional solar power arrays to be installed on the roofs of stores and distribution centers in Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Nevada in 2017. At year-end 2016, solar energy was being generated on 93 active installations at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s facilities, most of which is sold to others.

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Macy’s Merchandising Group (MMG) – the company’s product development organization – is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a trade organization working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world. SAC is comprised of brands, retailers, manufacturers, government, and nongovernmental organizations and academic experts, representing more than a third of the global apparel and footwear market. In 2016, MMG rolled out the HIGG index (the SAC’s tool to assess sustainability) to 170 factories producing wearing apparel, footwear and home textiles; as well as to 150 facilities for metal trims, hangers, tickets, and mills in our supply chain. MMG received results for the majority of those facilities, and is in the process of validating results through documentation review.

Packaging Reduction

Macy’s is reducing waste in the merchandise supply chain by standardizing the size of packing cartons, incorporating recycled polyester fibers in many woven garment labels, and minimizing packaging materials. Macy’s has led a process with a group of major home merchandise vendors to explore new ways to reduce waste and cost in product packaging in a manner that facilitates sharing and adoption of best practices.

Sustainable Transportation

Macy’s has transitioned cross-country shipments from over-the-road trucks to intermodal rail containers, which reduces by 50 percent the amount of carbon dioxide per freight mile. Macy’s created merge centers in our largest vendor shipping markets – California, New Jersey, North Carolina and Illinois. Multiple vendors are combined on a single truck to ensure full utilization of space for trailers going to a Macy’s distribution center. Intermodal use has increased annually over the last six years to nearly 78 percent of all miles traveled in 2016, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 88 million pounds.

Digital Statements

Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s are driving adoption of digital statements, which are available to all customers. When customers access their accounts online, they can manage their preferences to have statements electronically delivered, thus eliminating the use of paper statements. Digital statements are a convenience for many customers and support the company’s sustainability objective of reducing the use of paper in its business operations. In 2016, about 23 percent of all Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s statements delivered were digital.

Project Linus Reduces Fabric Waste

When MMG set out to find a way to make productive use of damaged product and fabric samples that were being discarded, they discovered Project Linus. The nonprofit organization – named for the famed Peanuts character and his trustworthy blanket – is dedicated to providing security through handmade blankets for ill or traumatized children and teens. Over the past six years, MMG has dropped off fabric and product samples on a monthly basis. The result has been thousands of blankets that provide comfort and warmth to children when they need it most.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Macy’s and Volta Charging LLC will install as many as 18 new, free-to-operate electric vehicle (EV) charging stations outside seven Macy’s stores in northern California. All 18 charging stations were expected to be installed and operating by mid-2017. Completion of these and other installations in the Los Angeles area will bring as many as 54 EV charging stations to customers at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s store locations in California. Collectively, these charging stations provide an added convenience to EV drivers and help promote the reduction of fuel consumption and the transition to clean, renewable energy. Additional cities are being considered for charging station installations in the future.

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