Lowe's releases 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility report on its newly redesigned CSR website, detailing accomplishments in the workplace, community and environment, including goal to reduce carbon emissions by 20%, reduce waste 40% by 2020

MOORESVILLE, North Carolina , May 28, 2014 (press release) – Lowe's announces 2020 sustainability goals and details improvement efforts on new website

Lowe's today announced the release of its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, providing a snapshot of Lowe's progress during the past fiscal year in promoting the well-being of its employees, its communities and the environment. The report can be viewed on the company's newly redesigned and enhanced CSR website at Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.

The theme of the 2013 report is "A Call to Serve." For nearly 70 years, Lowe's has served communities by doing much more than selling products. The 2013 report highlights the recent work Lowe's has done to improve people's lives and the places they call home.

"We play an important role in providing and improving some of the most fundamental needs that people have – their homes, their careers and their communities," Robert A. Niblock says in the report's CEO Message. "It's a great source of pride for me and the 260,000 employees who make up this company. And it's a great way to show how we value our responsibility to serve and to act to make our communities better."

The report details several milestones Lowe's achieved in important focus areas, including the health and welfare of its workforce, public education, disaster relief and environmental stewardship. The report also includes Lowe's first set of public sustainability goals, which establish new targets for energy use, carbon emissions and waste for the year 2020.

The CSR site uses a mix of stories, videos and interactive features to bring Lowe's commitments to life. Some of the milestones detailed in the report include:

Workplace

The Lowe's Employee Relief Fund distributed more than $2.6 million, the largest amount in the history of the fund. Those dollars helped push the fund past $20 million in assistance provided to Lowe's employees and their families since 1999.
Lowe's was recognized nationally for its efforts to recruit, train and support America's veterans and people with disabilities. The U.S. Business Leadership Network honored Lowe's as Employer of the Year.
Lowe's has provided more than 200,000 no-cost health screenings to employees at U.S. locations through its fleet of mobile health-screening units.

Community

Each year since 1999, Lowe's has partnered with the American Red Cross to serve communities devastated by disaster. Last year, Lowe's surpassed the $25 million mark in donations to the Red Cross, becoming one of just a few partners to reach that milestone.
The Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program funded improvements at 940 schools in 49 states in 2013 and has now served more than 5 million schoolchildren.
Lowe's joined with the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation to reach nearly $200 million in community contributions since 2007.

Environment

To operate more sustainably and drive greater savings, Lowe's set 2020 goals to reduce carbon emissions 20%, improve energy efficiency 13% and reduce waste 40%.
Lowe's marked a decade of in-store recycling and reached a rare milestone by surpassing 3 million pounds of rechargeable batteries collected from customers. Lowe's stores recycle rechargeable batteries, CFL bulbs and plastic bags and plant containers.
Lowe's launched a dedicated fleet of natural gas-powered trucks at its regional distribution center in Mount Vernon, Texas, and began the transition from diesel-powered trucks at distributions centers in six other states to help control fuel costs and reduce emissions. Lowe's goal is to transition all distribution centers by the end of 2017.

Quotes:

"We were able to hand one of our employees a check from the Employee Relief Fund today to help him out with a difficulty he had. He literally became speechless, and I had to shut the door to my office because he didn't want to let anyone see him cry. He then gave me a hug and said we'd never know how much this meant to him and his family." – Lowe's human resources manager, Pennsylvania

"Yesterday when I came here, there wasn't a home here. When I came this morning, now I see the home. I've never seen anything like this!" – Dhan Thapa, member of Habitat for Humanity partner family whose home was built by Lowe's Heroes in 30 hours

"Just seeing it covered in rainwater and mud, it's just heartbreaking. I lost everything in that tornado; everything except my faith in humanity." – Brandi Broaddus, Oklahoma tornado victim assisted by Lowe's Heroes

"I travel around the country, really around the world these days at these kind of events and I can't remember one where there's this much excitement. To see these kids so excited about reading ... Without Lowe's, we wouldn't be here." – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on the Book Bus, a literacy project launched by Lowe's and Charlotte's NBA franchise

"At one point, you sort of give up and you lose hope a little bit, and say, 'Wow, we're just alone.' Then all of a sudden, you have a hundred people in your house helping you. That's amazing." – Liz McCauley, New York flood victim assisted by Lowe's Heroes

To learn more about these stories and Lowe's latest social responsibility activities, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.

About Lowe's
Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company serving approximately 15 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2013 sales of $53.4 billion, Lowe's has more than 1,830 home improvement and hardware stores and 260,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe's supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

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