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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.

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.

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.…

Walmart: 2013 Global Responsibility Report Released

Walmart 2013 Global Responsibility Report: The retail giant outlines progress across the business pursuing sustainability in 2012, challenges faced, and work still to…

Target Stores Honor Earth Day By Giving Away Reusable Bags

Target gave away 1.5 million reusable bags at its stores across the U.S. in honor of Earth Day.

Update on Sustainability in Retail

“Retail Sustainability Report” is not just a summary of the retail industry’s progress towards the industry’s evolving sustainability objectives. It is also a…

Marks & Spencer Raises the Bar on Safe Use of Chemicals in Textile Production

In response to the Greenpeace “Detox” campaign, Marks & Spencer announced new commitments to make the use of chemicals in textile production safer,…

Crowdsourcing Generated Content in the Retail Industry

As a result of the increasing importance of the digital world, the retail industry must adjust its marketing and distribution measures to meet…

How Local is Walmart’s Local Produce?

Wal-Mart’s vow in 2010 to double its sales of locally-sourced produce by 2015 created two camps – those who believe this step can…

PUMA Launches First “Sustainable Store” in India

PUMA has been the frontrunner in sustainability innovation for many years now. They have been working towards a toxin-free line of products, compostable…

Costco, the Genuine Retail CSR Leader?

Could Costco possibly be the most genuine leader when it comes to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and governance? While most big box retailers…

Walmart Installs Massive Wind Power Turbine in California

While Walmart has not given a deadline of when the retail giant plans on reaching that 100 percent renewables goal, the movement towards…

Video Interview: Mary Capozzi Sr. Director CSR, Best Buy

3p founder Nick Aster sat down with Mary Capozzi to discuss Best Buy's commitment to sustainability, and in particular, a new program that…

5 Lessons from Marks and Spencer on the Business Case for Sustainability

M&S’s new progress report shows the right way to make the business case for sustainability. Although the business case is mostly about the…

Interfaith Coalition Urges Walmart to “Take It Back”

It is proxy season, which means all kinds of shareholder resolutions and protests are targeting some of America’s largest companies for a host…

E-Waste Generates Additional Revenues for Consumer Electronic Retailers

Each year, approximately 2.5 million tons of electronic waste (e-waste) ends up in landfills, and according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency only…