Corporate Social Responsibility

Our Voice of The Food Industry blog offers commentary from FMI subject matter experts on timely and important topics to the food industry.
  • What is Operational Sustainability Anyway?

    Dec 13, 2021
    FMI recently hosted a discussion featuring the Ratio Institute, a nonprofit focused on achieving sustainable food retailing through expert collaboration, industry resources and practical tools. The discuss was designed to provide members of our ...
  • How To Express Your Love on That Special Day in February

    Dec 6, 2021
    No, we’re not talking about Valentine’s Day. February is when we celebrate Supermarket Employee Day on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 (2.22.22). Here are some action items for preparing to express our love and appreciation for those supermarket heroes ...
  • 5 Awesome & Easy Ways to Celebrate Supermarket Employee Day

    Nov 23, 2021
    Supermarket Employee Day is the official day created in 2021 by FMI to give back to the people and teams who are the unsung heroes of the grocery store! Building on the energy from the inaugural start, for Supermarket Employee Day 2022, here are ...
  • Being the Champion of Supermarket Employees

    Nov 22, 2021
    Reflecting back on 2021, it reminds me of the final scenes of that original award-winning movie, Rocky, where Sylvester Stallone’s character has the chance to face the biggest challenge of his career and is knocked down again and again only to ...
  • Seizing the ROI of Social Responsibility

    Nov 3, 2021
    Give and you shall receive. This age-old adage is not only fitting for this charitable time of year, but it also provides concise guidance for food retailers looking to maximize customer loyalty and satisfaction. Now more than ever, consumers want ...
  • Can We Get to Zero Food Waste?

    Jul 21, 2021
    Last night at dinner, a family friend asked if it was true that around one-third of the food in this country is wasted. It was sobering to say yes. Estimates vary, but approximately 25-40% of food grown, processed and transported in the U.S. will ...
  • An Update on Our Work Towards Sustainable Packaging in the Food Supply Chain

    Jun 15, 2021
    The U.S. Plastics Pact Roadmap, released today, was created by this collaborative, solutions-driven consortium to enable participants to collectively reach ambitious goals by 2025 that couldn’t otherwise be met on their ...
  • The Next Hot Topic: Social Justice and Food

    May 3, 2021
    The whole world is anticipating, yearning, and preparing for the day when the COVID-19 pandemic does not dominate the horizon of our life considerations. From a food industry perspective, part of that involves speculating which pandemic-tinged ...
  • Speaking from the Heart on Valentine’s Day

    Feb 12, 2021
    I am seizing this opportunity to issue this blog as my heartfelt Valentine’s Day card to the food industry, the community I have always admired and respected, but have come to appreciate and dare I say, love, in some new and more profound ways over ...
  • How the Food Industry Can Write the Next Normal

    Feb 3, 2021
    At our 2021 Midwinter Executive Conference, Leslie Sarasin, FMI president and CEO, addressed how the food industry can write the next normal post-COVID-19....
  • Headlines from FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference

    Feb 1, 2021
    Last week’s FMI Midwinter Executive Conference certainly made headlines with thought-provoking educational sessions, featuring diverse perspectives among food industry icons; predictions about the future of grocery amidst a global pandemic; ...
  • Finding Solutions for Plastics and Packaging Waste Challenges

    Jan 20, 2021
    I joke that my entryway has turned into ‘Marjorie’s MRF’ because I have so many piles of material to find a new home for. There are extra paper bags to reuse or recycle, extra plastic bags to return to the stores with collection bins, cooler bags to ...
  • And the Supper Bowl Contenders Are….

    Jan 15, 2021
    There are only eleven days to go until we crown the first-ever Supper Bowl Champion, and the competition is intense. After two elimination rounds, the voices of 15,000 voters have spoken and the finalists proceeding to the championship round have ...
  • Celebrating Supermarket Employee Day

    Jan 14, 2021
    On February 22, 2021, I will be celebrating the hard-working heroes of the supermarket by joining with the industry to proclaim it Supermarket Employee Day. The supermarket has long been acknowledged as the backbone of our communities, but its role ...
  • Issues 2020 Raised, Agenda Items for 2021

    Dec 14, 2020
    To specifically tackle the tough subject of racial equity, FMI is partnering with the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) in an initiative to facilitate food industry conversations around the issues of Racial Justice, Inclusion and Diversity. The goal ...