Bed Bath & Beyond Launches ESG Strategy And Makes Bold Commitments To Support People, Community And Planet In Journey To Home, Happier

Commits to being a top 10 retail employer by 2030, donating $1 billion in product by 2030, and becoming Net Zero by 2040
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UNION, N.J., May 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Bed Bath & Beyond (Nasdaq: BBBY) today unveiled its first-ever comprehensive environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy that sets several bold, strategic goals underpinning its commitment to their people, community and the planet. As outlined in its newly released 2020 ESG Report, the ESG strategy is an integral component of the multi-year transformation and growth plan Bed Bath & Beyond launched in October 2020 and advances the Company's core belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to home, happier.

"For 50 years, Bed Bath & Beyond has made the home our business, and that commitment extends well beyond the foundations of our stores to the role we can play in creating positive change for our associates, the communities we serve, and the planet we call home," said Mark Tritton, president and CEO, Bed Bath & Beyond. "Our ESG strategy and comprehensive goals are a central part of our three-year transformation plan and a vital driver of our business as we innovate for the future and live up to our purpose, to 'make it easy to feel at home'." 

Bed Bath & Beyond's ESG strategy includes three core pillars of action reinforced by strong corporate governance:

  • People:To create an equitable, inclusive work environment where all our people feel at home and can thrive. Through targeted actions, Bed Bath & Beyond will continue to support diversity, equity and inclusion, while providing best-in-class total rewards, expanding learning and development, and introducing innovative upskilling opportunities for our teams.
  • Community: To provide the safety and sense of home to our neighbors through a combination of national and local community action at scale.
  • Planet:To significantly improve our environmental performance -- leading by example to build a better home for the next generation through targeted goals and initiatives that drive sustainability improvements throughout our value chain.

"Bed Bath & Beyond's ESG strategy is critical as it connects the Company purpose with our overall business model and priorities," said Harriet Edelman, Chair of the Board of Directors at Bed Bath & Beyond. "This purpose-led strategy will guide the Company's transformation and advance our position as the home authority.  While improving business returns, it will contribute to broader societal goals and attract and retain top talent, while responding to the interests of investors, customers, and the community. It's an important milestone for the Company, and we are excited about and committed to the success and impact these ESG initiatives will make."

The Company is taking several immediate steps to extend its positive impact for people, community and planet while establishing key milestones for the next decade and beyond.

People: Become a Top 10 Retail Employer by 2030 by creating an equitable, inclusive work environment where all our people feel at home and can thrive

In line with its goal of being a top 10 place to work in retail, the Company unveiled plans for an industry-leading paid parental leave policy and an investment in an associate relief fund to support associates during unexpected challenges. In addition, Bed Bath & Beyond shared diversity, equity, and inclusion goals to reach at least 50% women representation and at least 25% racial and/or ethnic diversity at all levels by 2030. To reach this goal, the Company is working to drive inclusion and belonging, and create new opportunities across its workforce, including additional initiatives related to upskilling programs.

Community: Donate $1 billion in products, 2 million volunteer hours by 2030 to help provide the safety and sense of home to our neighbors

Bed Bath & Beyond believes everyone deserves the opportunity to home, happier. Since 2008, Bed Bath & Beyond has donated $1.5 billion in products to communities, and the Company is expanding that footprint with a commitment to donate $1 billion in products and 2 million volunteer hours by 2030 to create, protect and rekindle a sense of home where it is needed most. Key national impact partnerships will enable Bed Bath & Beyond to bring its purpose to life in its communities.

Planet: Lead by example to build a better home for the next generation by becoming Net Zero by 2040, and offering more access to sustainable products

Bed Bath & Beyond is rapidly scaling its ESG strategy to be Net Zero by the year 2040. To date, the Company has refashioned supply chain agreements, deployed AI-based tools to better monitor and manage its carbon footprint, and set key milestones for operations, sourcing, and products. These include targeted goals to reduce water and energy consumption. The Company is also planning to deploy intelligent innovation and sustainable design across its new Owned Brands, store remodels, supply chain modernization, and technology transformation programs.

Additionally, Bed Bath & Beyond is working to make sustainable products more accessible to its customers. This includes making it easier for customers to afford and find sustainable products, reducing the use of virgin plastics, and leading responsible sourcing practices as Bed Bath & Beyond launches at least eight Owned Brands in fiscal 2021.

To lead and deliver this ambitious strategy, Bed Bath & Beyond has appointed Mark Heintz as vice president, ESG, who will oversee a cross-functional team that will accomplish the Company's bold goals. Mark brings more than 15 years of experience leading and building successful ESG and corporate sustainability teams, strategies, and programs across sectors to help companies achieve net zero operations.

Bed Bath & Beyond's 2020 ESG report, including a summary of results to date and a detailed overview of the Company's ESG commitments, can be accessed here.

About the CompanyBed Bath & Beyond Inc. and subsidiaries (the "Company") is an omnichannel retailer that makes it easy for our customers to feel at home. The Company sells a wide assortment of merchandise in the Home, Baby, Beauty and Wellness markets. Additionally, the Company is a partner in a joint venture which operates retail stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.

Bed Bath & Beyond operates websites at bedbathandbeyond.com, bedbathandbeyond.ca, buybuybaby.com, buybuybaby.ca, facevalues.com and decorist.com.

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