Retailers fail to register environmental impact

Too many retailers are fighting shy of benchmarking their impact on the environment, according to Business in the Environment, which campaigns for corporate environmental responsibility.

Too many retailers are fighting shy of benchmarking their impact on

the environment, according to Business in the Environment, which

campaigns for corporate environmental responsibility.



The fourth index of corporate environmental engagement found leading

supermarket chains, Sainsbury and Safeway, to be the best

performers.



However 14 out of 25 listed food and drug and general retailers in the

FTSE 350 failed to participate.



According to Dr Belinda Howell, director of BiE, these companies are

missing out by not making transparent their environmental programmes,

while those non-food retailers involved need to improve their current

programmes.



’The environmental impact of non-food retailers is just as great and

indeed increasing, with the internationalisation of retailing and the

effects of global sourcing,’ said Howell.



The index aims to help business reduce its impact on the environment by

benchmarking firms against their peers.



Research conducted by MORI for Business in the Community, BiE’s parent

organisation, found that 86 per cent of UK adults rated the environment

as the most important issue contributing to corporate social

responsibility.



Leader, p8.



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