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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.


Is M&S’s Shwopping a True Revolution or a Philanthropic Effort Doomed to Fail?

The new M&S new shwopping campaign has an ambitious goal - recycling as many clothes as M&S sells – that’s around 350 million…

Walmart’s Foundation Gives $71 Million to the Environment

Last year, the Walton Family Foundation, heirs to the Walmart fortune, gave environmental conservation grants totaling $71.4 million to 160 organizations around the…

Target Hits a Bullseye Introducing Sustainability to a Mass Market

A Bullseye View is one of Target’s approaches towards humanizing the company and shining the spotlight on its vendors, including those making sustainable…

10 Ways Walmart is Failing on Sustainability: Can It Improve?

To help people better evaluate Walmart’s claims of being a green leader, Food & Water Watch and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance have…

Exclusive Interview: Walmart’s Andrea Thomas, SVP Sustainability

Bill Roth sits down with Andrea Thomas, Walmart's Senior Vice President of Sustainability, to discuss how Walmart is evolving an enterprise-scale business process…
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Walmart 2012 CSR Report: Focus on Waste, Renewables, Local Food

Ready to comb through Walmart’s 2012 Global Responsibility Report? The past year has been a bumpy one for its sustainability agenda. Local food,…
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Lights, Camera… Waste Diversion

EcoSet held it’s “Giving Back” event, inviting several local non-profits to their warehouse. These non-profits would receive donated goods, all of which came…

Walmart’s Sustainability Efforts Stall Under New Leadership

Several years after Lee Scott’s departure as CEO, something has gone seriously wrong with Walmart's sustainability progress. Was Walmart ever serious? Yes. I’ve…
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Report: Walmart Is Not Walking the Walk

A report by the Minneapolis-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) entitled “Walmart’s Greenwash” examines the retail giant’s environmental impact and finds that the…
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Why Whole Foods is Not a Sustainable Business

Whole Foods Market is performing very well in the stock market. An article on Motley Fool argued that these results are connected to…

Target Bans Sandblasted Denim

Sandblasting is the process of giving denim a weathered look by blasting sand onto jeans using high-pressure machines Sandblasted denim was recently banned…

Whole Foods, Costco, PF Chang’s Tied to Squid Fishing Slave Labor

A six month investigation conducted by Bloomberg Businessweek found evidence of debt bondage on fishing vessels operating in New Zealand's waters. The report…

Office Depot’s Social Responsibility Gets Results

Office Depot is the nation’s second largest seller of office supplies and services. It may also be the most innovative based on its…

Sustainability in Retail: Not an Oxymoron

Not only has the retail industry recognized that sustainability is here to stay, many leaders within the industry have moved from looking at…

How Black Friday Creates a Marketing Opportunity for Alternatives

At BSR a few weeks ago I was excited to have Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn directly answer my question “Is promoting Black Friday midnight sales contrary…