It would take a strange retailer to say that they wouldn’t want to be more environmentally friendly, if they easily and cost-effectively could. The thing is, for the majority of businesses it takes a huge amount of time and research to understand the impact of every single step of your value chain. Whilst changing your lightbulbs to be energy efficient and encouraging your customers to re-use their bags are all important steps to saving the planet, sometimes a more holistic approach set out by an expert body can help retailers with tried and tested guidelines of how to give a deep clean to their environmental policies and choices.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all buildings, communities and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings, whether that’s shops, factories or warehouses. With more than 2.4 million square feet being LEED certificated every day, it is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.
Read more: https://new.usgbc.org/leed
1% FOR THE PLANET
For companies that’s don’t have the headspace to work their way through the infinite options of environmental choices, 1% for the planet makes it simple. The idea is to pledge 1% of the profits you earn to the organisation who will then maximise your money by making smart giving decisions amongst a host of trusted nonprofit partners. They can also find you idea partnerships to help you realise your retail goals in a more sustainable way. In return, retailers can use the 1% for the Planet Logo and collateral to raise awareness of the scheme and their own commitment to a commendable cause.
Read more: https://new.usgbc.org/leed
SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN INITIATIVE
Several of the world’s biggest retailers and food companies backed a new initiative from the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) to improve global supply chains, boosting sustainable sourcing and streamlining benchmarking. The new Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative aims to support the development of socially and environmentally responsible supply chains that are typically complex with multiple layers across various countries. It will provide buyers and suppliers with clear guidance on which third-party auditing and certification schemes cover key sustainability requirements and apply robust verification practices which will reduce audit duplication and complexity for all involved. By undergoing benchmarking and achieving SSCI recognition, brand owners signal their commitment to raising the bar.
More Reading: https://www.theconsumergoodsforum.com/initiatives/sustainable-supply-chain-initiative/
If as a retailer you produce a lot of paper goods, whether that’s mailing seasonal catalogues to your entire database, or you are selling paper stationary products to masses, it’s important for the future of the planet that this is done in an environmentally responsible way. The FSC certification helps you to do just that. In order to achieve it, you must adhere to 10 principles varying from complying with nationally ratified treaties to pledging to avoid, repair or mitigate negative environmental impacts. The rules apply across the globe across all ecosystems and all cultural, political and legal systems.
More reading: https://ic.fsc.org/en
ISO 14000 FAMILY – ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
The ISO 14000 family of standards were developed by the ISO Technical Committee and provides practical tools for companies of all shapes and sizes to manage their environmental responsibilities. Key components such as ISO 14006 focus on the management systems required to achieve environmental standards, mapping out a framework that a company or organisation can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It can be used by any organization regardless of its activity or sector. Others in the family focus on specific approaches to audits, communications, labelling and life cycle analysis, as well as environmental challenges such as climate change.
More reading: https://www.iso.org/iso-14001-environmental-management.html