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
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
’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