The group’s environmental commitment is routed in its purpose to add value to customers’ lives and worth to partners’ lives, while caring for the communities and environments in which we operate. This, together with the Sustainable Development Goals, forms the framework guiding the environmental values, commitments and partnerships. Understanding the impact on natural capital, as well as responding to that impact, is an ongoing journey. The primary environmental impacts occur in supply chains upstream of the retail store operations (with textile manufacturing and dyeing), while secondary impacts occur downstream when consumers interact with the products sold.
Climate change affects the retail industry throughout the value chain and operations. In the short, medium and long-term an increasing impact is expected on the business due to changing climate patterns and extreme weather conditions, both on direct and indirect operations. While climate change poses a serious risk to the way we do business and the communities in which we operate, there are opportunities for the group and our partners. Through this committee, the United Nations Global Compact 10 Principles are monitored, including Principle 8 which states businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.