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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.

For the start of our journey to 2030, we are delivering the following Phase 1 actions to 2020:



Sainsbury's   House of Fraser

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.

Lidl    Clarks

Lidl has committed to independently certify 100 percent of the key commodities, cocoa, tea, palm oil and bananas, used in its own brand products as sustainably sourced by 2020. The supermarket has made significant progress on these targets and currently sources all of its own brand tea and bananas sustainably, being certified as either Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ.


Clarks is a founder members of the Leather Working Group (LWG), which aims to promote sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry. Clarks is continually working to increase the percentage of leather, it specifies for its footwear, which is sourced from tanneries that have achieved bronze, silver or gold certification against the LWG Environmental Stewardship Protocol; in 2017, Clarks increased this to 80 percent.

John Lewis Partnership   IKEA

In 2017, John Lewis launched a new materials guide to support buying teams in understanding the process involved in sourcing more sustainable material options. This is part of the business’ focus on embedding responsible sourcing practices into roles and responsibilities. The Partnership is also constantly looking into innovations in its product packaging and Waitrose has trialled cherry tomatoes and baby plum tomatoes in punnets made from tomato leaves. It has also pledged to stop using black plastic for meat, fish, fruit and vegetables by the end of 2018.


Over a decade ago, IKEA began taking steps to transform the way cotton is produced. Along with WWF and others, it helped to set up the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and since September 2015, 100 percent of the cotton used in IKEA products comes from more sustainable sources. Through hands-on training and field schools, IKEA, together with its partners, has helped over 110,000 farmers learn more sustainable farming methods. This initiative has allowed farmers to cut costs, increase their profits and improve working conditions.

 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.


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