Sustainability:
it’s everyone’s business

The Purpose Agents and Power Retail have teamed up to create The Sustainability Spotlight to inspire the retail industry for sustainable action, and celebrate and showcase the retailers that are doing their bit for people and the planet.

Sustainability Spotlight
Sustainability Spotlight Report

The Sustainability Spotlight presents leading retail sustainability initiatives and urges Australian brands to transform their practices for a greener impact. We aspire to inspire and guide the industry toward a sustainable future.

With Power Retail’s assistance, Anna Foster, an independent sustainability consultant, assessed retailers in social and environmental responsibility areas, such as Reconciliation, Circularity, Change Leadership, Stewardship, Diversity & Inclusion, Ethical Sourcing, Transparency, and Waste Reduction.

The 20-page report features a compelling piece from The Purpose Agents about emissions’ rising significance for sustainability teams worldwide, innovative approaches aiding retailers in emissions reduction, and insights from consumer perspectives on sustainability via Power Retail’s Switched On platform.

Here is a sneak peek into some of the Sustainability Spotlight Highlights

Sustainability Spotlight Report

The Sustainability Spotlight presents leading retail sustainability initiatives and urges Australian brands to transform their practices for a greener impact. We aspire to inspire and guide the industry toward a sustainable future.

With Power Retail’s assistance, Anna Foster, an independent sustainability consultant, assessed retailers in social and environmental responsibility areas, such as Reconciliation, Circularity, Change Leadership, Stewardship, Diversity & Inclusion, Ethical Sourcing, Transparency, and Waste Reduction.

The 20-page report features a compelling piece from The Purpose Agents about emissions’ rising significance for sustainability teams worldwide, innovative approaches aiding retailers in emissions reduction, and insights from consumer perspectives on sustainability via Power Retail’s Switched On platform.

Here is a sneak peek into some of the Sustainability Spotlight Highlights

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Modibodi
Reconciliation with Aboriginal and torres strait islander communities

In this category, we wish to highlight Modibodi, who have shared with us their journey towards reconciliation.

In their company RAP, they describe their focus to date as coordinating cultural awareness training for employees, inspiring and engaging others to share stories and become involved, and, in alignment with Modibodi’s business model, mobilising resources to deliver health and hygiene initiatives to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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Modibodi
Reconciliation with Aboriginal and torres strait islander communities

In this category, we wish to highlight Modibodi, who have shared with us their journey towards reconciliation.

In their company RAP, they describe their focus to date as coordinating cultural awareness training for employees, inspiring and engaging others to share stories and become involved, and, in alignment with Modibodi’s business model, mobilising resources to deliver health and hygiene initiatives to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Read more…

Michael Hill
Circularity

A brand we would like to highlight in this category is Michael Hill, whose new initiative, the “Re:cycle” gold jewellery recycling program, is part of their new sustainable jewellery ecosystem which will focus on the renewal and circularity of existing precious metals and products and otherwise unused resources.

“Re:cycle” fits into Michael Hill’s strategic approach through the Product pillar of their 2030 Sustainability Strategy where they aim to see 100% of their products to be sustainable, responsible or circular.

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Michael Hill
Circularity

A brand we would like to highlight in this category is Michael Hill, whose new initiative, the “Re:cycle” gold jewellery recycling program, is part of their new sustainable jewellery ecosystem which will focus on the renewal and circularity of existing precious metals and products and otherwise unused resources.

“Re:cycle” fits into Michael Hill’s strategic approach through the Product pillar of their 2030 Sustainability Strategy where they aim to see 100% of their products to be sustainable, responsible or circular.

Read more…

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Country Road Group
Driving Systemic Change

Country Road has set itself the goal of becoming a world-leading responsible lifestyle retailer. Among many other sustainability initiatives, they have set their focus on climate, which has so far involved setting a science-based climate target, with a goal to reach net zero by 2040, and by 2030 aiming to have all their Australian and New Zealand stores, as well as their head office and distribution centre supporting renewable energy.

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Country Road Group
Driving Systemic Change

Country Road has set itself the goal of becoming a world-leading responsible lifestyle retailer. Among many other sustainability initiatives, they have set their focus on climate, which has so far involved setting a science-based climate target, with a goal to reach net zero by 2040, and by 2030 aiming to have all their Australian and New Zealand stores, as well as their head office and distribution centre supporting renewable energy.

Read more…

Adorn Cosmetics
Stewardship

In this category, we would like to highlight Adorn Cosmetics who have developed their own strategy for resources otherwise going to waste through their refill, return and recycling program.

Most of Adorn’s bottles and pots can be refilled via ordering a refill sachet which, according to them, uses up to 90% less plastic than manufacturing more cosmetic packaging. Those refills require less space and therefore also need fewer packing materials for delivery.

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Adorn Cosmetics
Stewardship

In this category, we would like to highlight Adorn Cosmetics who have developed their own strategy for resources otherwise going to waste through their refill, return and recycling program.

Most of Adorn’s bottles and pots can be refilled via ordering a refill sachet which, according to them, uses up to 90% less plastic than manufacturing more cosmetic packaging. Those refills require less space and therefore also need fewer packing materials for delivery.

Read more…

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Lenovo
Diversity & Inclusion

In this category, we would like to highlight Lenovo, who have implemented strong action on diversity and inclusion across many aspects of their business, from their team to the product, to how they run their business and into their sphere of influence.

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Lenovo
Diversity & Inclusion

In this category, we would like to highlight Lenovo, who have implemented strong action on diversity and inclusion across many aspects of their business, from their team to the product, to how they run their business and into their sphere of influence.

Read more…

Princess Polly
Ethical Sourcing & Transparency

We would like to highlight Princess Polly for their work in ethical sourcing and transparency.

As part of their commitment to having a positive impact on people and the planet, Princess Polly has developed a framework called “The 5 A’s”. It guides their ethical sourcing through policies and guidelines, of assessing risks to workers, addressing all uncovered risks, driving awareness of their ethical sourcing expectations and accountability for the effectiveness of their program through monitoring and supplier engagement.

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Princess Polly
Ethical Sourcing & Transparency

We would like to highlight Princess Polly for their work in ethical sourcing and transparency.

As part of their commitment to having a positive impact on people and the planet, Princess Polly has developed a framework called “The 5 A’s”. It guides their ethical sourcing through policies and guidelines, of assessing risks to workers, addressing all uncovered risks, driving awareness of their ethical sourcing expectations and accountability for the effectiveness of their program through monitoring and supplier engagement.

Read more…

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Officeworks
Waste Reduction

Officeworks has been a standout on waste management for years, having set an ambitious goal of becoming a zero waste business by 2025 and driving a number of projects to achieve these goals.

Within their operations, since 2017, they have increased their recycling rate from 63 to 88 percent (and 90% in the store network), which is an impressive achievement, given most of the retail industry is still sitting around 65%.

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Officeworks
Waste Reduction

Officeworks has been a standout on waste management for years, having set an ambitious goal of becoming a zero waste business by 2025 and driving a number of projects to achieve these goals.

Within their operations, since 2017, they have increased their recycling rate from 63 to 88 percent (and 90% in the store network), which is an impressive achievement, given most of the retail industry is still sitting around 65%.

Read more…

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