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Better Retail Better World

Section 2

Responsible Consumption and Production

All products sold by retailers are dependent on the environments and communities from where the materials are sourced. As populations grow the availability of these resources will become increasingly constrained, impacting the security of supply. Production and consumption patterns need to be made more sustainable to enable for the regeneration of resources.




Working in collaboration with suppliers, farmer and growers, Sainsbury’s has developed its own independent Sustainability Standards covering a breadth of economic, social and environmental issues. The Standards drive the development of responsible sourcing practices and build on existing independent third-party standards. Sainsbury’s is currently piloting prawn, tea, sugar cane and floral Standards with farmers around the world. House of Fraser is rolling out a five-year plan to achieve its commitment to product and packaging and will only use credible sustainable materials including Organic (GOTs) cotton, Better Cotton Initiative certified cotton, recycled polyester, sustainable viscose and FSC or PEFC timber.


The run up to Mothers’ Day 2018, saw the second year of Mothercare’s #giftabundle scheme. This enables parents to donate unwanted and outgrown baby clothes which are then washed and bundled and re distributed via the charity Hubbub to local mothers in need of clothes for their babies. #Giftabundle ran in 40 stores in 2018 and the retailer plans to extend it to all stores in 2019.