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A sustainable business understands the role it plays in the context of environmental constraints, responsible citizenship, volatile economic systems and a more conscious and demanding society. Meaningful stakeholder engagement with customers, associates, investors, governments, civil society and suppliers guides the understanding of perceptions and expectations to provide insights to the formulation of appropriate strategic responses. Our sustainability journey is anchored in the very purpose of the business - to add value to the lives of our customers and worth to our partners’ lives, while caring for the communities and environment in which we operate.

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•         B-BBEE and transformation with specific focus on preferential procurement and employment equity progress as well as remuneration fairness.

•        Consideration of the combined business and supplier code of conduct.

•         Environmental activations around reducing packaging with specific focus on single-use plastic.

•        Monitoring responsible sourcing and the corporate social investment carried out through MRP Foundation. 

together we do good - our planet
Key focus areas were efficient and effective sourcing and procurement practices and systems; partnerships with key suppliers to enable improved performance, development and alignment of skills and expertise of merchants and suppliers to build a more competitive and sustainable supply chain. A new and improved Supplier Grading Tool categorises suppliers based on strengths and aligning sourcing decisions to strengths was developed and implemented. The tool creates the opportunity to identify which suppliers can be developed further to improve the grading category.

South African Cotton Cluster (SACC)
The group is the founding retail member of the SACC and committed not only to developing a secure raw material supply, but to also stimulate growth of cotton production among small-scale cotton farmers in South Africa. Through the work of the SACC, South African cotton lint production has increased from 6 245 tons in 2013/14 to 37 950 tons in 2018/19.

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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
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.

together we do good - our transformation
The group reinvests 1% of net profit after tax from its South African operations into the community through donations to MRP Foundation. The foundation is a registered non-profit organisation (with public benefit organisation status) established to focus on South Africa’s youth development. Further details on the activities of MRP Foundation can be found at

We’re passionate about driving social and economic transformation in a way that is both meaningful and sustainable and we are committed to meeting the requirements of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) in South Africa, under the Revised Codes of Good Practice. The Group achieved the targeted Level 7 Compliance in FY2019.

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