As the sustainability agenda gathers momentum, investors, governments and wider stakeholders are demanding that goods be manufactured, delivered and disposed of in a responsible way. In response, leading retailers are signing up to science-based targets, showcasing their support for the SDGs and are coming together to address key sustainability issues through initiatives such as the UK Plastic Pact. Companies will increasingly need to address the impact of their goods and retail practices to keep up with competitors and stay ahead of regulations, such as potential Extended Producer Responsibility regulations.
Addressing all aspects of sustainability is a challenge
Whether you operate a brick and mortar business model or an e-commerce business, weighing up which initiatives to prioritise can be a challenge. Choosing the right materials for your goods and packaging, decreasing the footprint of your transportation of goods and increasing the energy efficiency of your stores and/or warehouses are likely to be key areas of action for your business. Determining which initiatives to pursue and in which order can be overwhelming.
In addressing these challenges, you are likely to develop opportunities to create shared value with key stakeholders, stay ahead of regulations and even gain a competitive advantage.
We can support you in your sustainability journey
Best practice retailers demonstrate a deep understanding of their key sustainability impacts. To do this, you will need to assess key hotspots across your supply chain, buildings and product use. This will require a broad lens, across greenhouse gas emissions, water use, land-use change, human rights and more. The world expects retailers to look beyond their immediate operations – the time to act is now.
Our team has significant experience supporting a range of consumer goods and retail companies. Whether you are a small or medium-sized enterprise or an international brand, we can help you understand, prioritise and address your company’s key sustainability impacts to help you take the next step on your sustainability journey.
Address your company’s key sustainability impacts, find out how we can help.
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