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NATIONAL REPORT — The convenience channel has been making strides in going green and its efforts are paying off. Several top convenience store retailers and their supplier partners landed on Newsweek's Top Green Companies in U.S. for 2015.
On the retailer side, the news outlet recognized Marathon Petroleum Corp. (No. 260), Marathon Oil Corp. (No. 307), Murphy Oil Corp. (No. 364), Energy Transfer Equity (No. 428) and Energy Transfer Partners (No. 479).
Oil companies with close ties to the channel also appear on the list, including Hess Corp. (No. 63), ExxonMobil Corp. (No. 72), Chevron Corp. (No. 130), Phillips 66 (No. 464), Valero Energy Corp. (No. 470) and Tesoro Corp. (No. 472).
Suppliers making an appearance on the ranking are: The Hershey Co. (No. 6), Coca-Cola Enterprises (No. 8), The Coca-Cola Co. (No. 34), General Mills Inc. (No. 48), Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (No. 76), Mondelēz International (No. 82), PepsiCo Inc. (No. 137), The Altria Group Inc. (No. 144), Molson Coors Brewing Co. (No. 157), ConAgra Foods Inc. (No. 206), Kraft Foods Group (No. 225), Reynolds American Inc. (No. 288), Tyson Foods Inc. (No. 381), Monster Beverage Corp. (No. 468) and Lorillard Inc. (No. 476).
"Hershey's commitment to operating sustainably dates back to the early days of the company when our founder, Milton Hershey, first used steam power in the original factory long before the idea of alternative energy became popular," said Leigh Horner, vice president of corporate communications and corporate social responsibility at Hershey. "Today, more than a century later, our employees live this legacy of caring for the environment, even as we grow into a global company with operations around the world."
Hershey moved up 40 spots this year among the 500 ranked companies.
"We are proud of the progress we are making in environmental performance and committed to building a sustainable enterprise that will make a positive difference for our stakeholders and the world around us," said John Hess, CEO of Hess Corp.
Newsweek ranks the world’s largest companies on corporate sustainability and environmental impact in partnership with Corporate Knights Capital, HIP (Human Impact + Profit) Investor Inc., and leading sustainability minds from nongovernmental organizations and the academic and accounting communities.