Dr Martens, Gap and Mothercare have joined other leading UK retailers in a new industry initiative created by the British Retail Consortium to advance sustainability, development and quality.
Better Retail Better World includes a series of targets aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2020.
These include a policy to ensure that no supply chain worker should pay for a job, public disclosure of efforts to support employment of under-represented demographics and reduction of waste, greenhouse gas and de-forestation.
Chairman of British Retail Consortium Richard Pennycook said: “These pledges means collective action on some of the most pressing challenges of the coming decades.”
“There’s a big difference between planting a few trees and recognising the need to incorporate the principles of sustainability into everyday business decisions, which is an approach that’s increasingly commonplace throughout the retail industry.”