FishWise Partner Highlight: Darcie Renn, Senior Sustainability Manager
Prior to joining Albertsons Companies in April 2015, Senior Sustainability Manager Darcie Renn served in the Peace Corps, was selected as a Packard Environmental Fellow, and earned her MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School. Renn brings her knowledge and experience to bear at Albertsons working to improve the sustainability of the companies’ products, support communities, and promote environmentally responsible business practices.
Over the past year, she has overseen the expansion of the Responsible Seafood Program from Safeway to Albertsons Companies, which operates stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 18 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market and Carrs. Renn has led anti-human trafficking efforts for those companies. Renn also surveys new vendors across all categories to ensure compliance with Albertsons Companies’ sustainability guidelines and expectations, which includes requiring vendors to document how they are combatting human trafficking within their supply chains. Seafood, she says, is a particularly high-risk category for human rights abuses. By expanding the offerings of Fair Trade products in seafood, as well as coffee and produce, Renn is working to build on Albertsons Companies’ reputation for sustainable and ethical business practices.
With the close of Safeway’s 2015 Responsible Seafood Commitment, Renn is excited to set new goals for seafood sustainability at Albertsons Companies. As partners in this endeavor, FishWise looks forward to continuing our work with Renn and Albertsons Companies to set the standard among retailers.