Retail giant The Kroger Co. has been named to Fortune magazine's Change the World 2018 list for its plan to end hunger in the communities it serves and to eliminate company waste by 2025.

Cincinnati-based Kroger debuted at No. 6 in the fourth annual poll, which recognized 57 large companies worldwide. Fortune honored the retail chain for its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste campaign.

"Kroger is honored and thrilled to be recognized by Fortune for how we are leveraging our business and resources to create social impact through Zero Hunger | Zero Waste," says Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "Being a socially-conscious company has always been a part of Kroger's culture and core business operations.”

In 2017, Kroger donated 325 million meals, combined in food and funds, through Zero Hunger | Zero Waste’s Food Rescue program. The retailer also conducted a detailed food waste analysis in partnership with World Wildlife Fund to establish a baseline for achieving zero food waste by 2025.