The BRC has launched an action plan to advance sustainability, development and equality in the retail sector.
The Better Retail Better World initiative was launched on 13 March in parliament in a bid to address modern slavery, sustainable economic growth, inequalities, climate change and responsible consumption and production.
Retailers to sign up so far include Fenwick, House of Fraser, John Lewis , M&S, Clarks and Next.
Chairman of the BRC Richard Pennycook said: “This is part of a growing movement for change. It is time for the retail industry to show what it can do for the common good. We are taking collective action to build a better, more prosperous and sustainable world, and demonstrating how we are making a positive contribution to society, in terms of the supply chain, food packaging, and waste.”
The pledges guarantee the retailers will ensure human rights adherence for their supply chains, disclose their support for underrepresented demographics across their business, disclose their climate changes risks and vulnerabilities, progress towards responsible sourcing practices and increase their use of renewable energy.
As part of the project, retailers will share their knowledge and best practices, and disclose progress on each of the pledges and goals.
M&S director of sustainable business Mike Barry said: “Better Retail, Better World provides a common approach to how the retail industry can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and help make a fairer and more sustainable world.”
The United Nations Sustainable Goals were used a framework for the BRBW pledges and the BRC continues to encourage retailers to sign up to the scheme.
Retail minister Andrew Griffiths MP said: “We have already made steps to create a stronger, fairer society, and it’s encouraging to see retailers coming together to fulfil these ambitions through the Better Retail, Better World initiative.”