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Sustainability and CSR in Retail

The retail industry, from suburban big-box stores to boutique shops, is among the most public of industries. Retailers employ millions and directly enable most consumer purchases. As such, they are in a unique position to advance sustainability by educating consumers and offering products with recycled content, durability, and ethical supply chains.

On the other hand, retailers must respond to the market at large which can lead to challenges in influencing consumer behavior.

On this page, learn about what leading retailers are doing (or not doing) to advance principals of sustainability in the products they sell, the way they treat stakeholders both internal and external, and many other issues.

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Retailers Play Increased Role in Moving Markets Away from Toxic Chemicals

In response to market campaigns and consumer pressure, major retailers are playing an increased role in moving the market away from toxic chemicals.…
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Patagonia “Anti” Black Friday Campaign Urges Customers to Repair Worn Clothing

Clothing retailer Patagonia released a short film called Worn Wear to promote re-purposing worn clothing.
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eBay’s Same-Day Delivery Encourages Local Economies

eBay has acquired London-based delivery courier service Shutl and will use the acquisition to boost its popular same-day delivery service, eBay Now, to…
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Patagonia Goes Fair Trade

The outdoor apparel company makes a bold new commitment to worker protections.
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Walmart Opens First 100 Percent LED-Lit Store in Ohio

Shortly after launching a line of Great Value LED lightbulbs for less than $10 at all U.S. stores, Walmart announced last week that…
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Office Depot: A Decade of Environmental Transparency

We dig in to find out what the office supply retailer has been up to all these years.
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Target Teams Up with GoodGuide to Rate Sustainable Products

Target is teaming up with the makers of GoodGuide to develop a Sustainability Product Standard to rate thousands of products for health, transparency…
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Most Retailers Get a Failing Grade for Their Electronics Recycling Programs

The e-recycling system is still very much based on the options retailers provide us with, and as a new report released by the…
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The World’s Most Sustainable Retailer? Marks & Spencer’s 2013 Plan A Report

The annual “Plan A” update from Marks & Spencer outlines what the company has done to mitigate its impact on society and on…
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Dell Announces Goals to Source Packaging From Only Sustainable Materials

Dell announced goals last week to source 100 percent of packaging from sustainable materials that will be recyclable or compostable.
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Patagonia Creates $20M Fund to Invest in Eco-Friendly Startups

Patagonia has launched a fund called $20 Million & Change" to invest in environmentally responsible startup companies.
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Want Out of Bangladesh? Try Osmium, Manufactured in the U.S

Osmium is a local men's clothing manufacturer based in New England; Mark Paigen's journey is typical of what many American clothing makers confront…
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Kroger Uses Food Waste to Power California Distribution Center

The Kroger Co. came up with an inventive solution to prevent food that is not fit to be sold or donated from ending…
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Largest Canadian Supermarket Chains Phasing Out Cruel Pig Crates

The eight largest Canadian supermarket chains will phase out sow gestation crates from their supply chains by 2022.
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Why Kohl’s is One of the Most Sustainable Department Store Chains in the U.S.

Kohl’s Department Stores recently rolled out its new CSR report, and the report shows that the fourth largest department store chain the U.S.…