LONDON — Selfridges has scooped an inaugural sustainability award at the Global Department Store Summit held in Zurich earlier this week.
Hosted by Intercontinental Group of Department Stores, a global trade association, the award ceremony and summit was attended by more than 360 industry executives and stakeholders.
The inaugural World’s Best Sustainability/CSR Campaign by a Department Store award was handed to Selfridges for its “Buying Better, Inspiring Change” campaign.
As part of the Selfridges campaign, environmental initiatives included removing plastic bottles from its food halls and restaurants. In addition, the retailer’s Bright Young Things project showcased ethical fashion designers. The store was also commended for reducing carbon and water in waste management and recognized with the Carbon Trust Triple Standard.
“More so than ever before, the role of business in society is changing,” said Anne Pitcher, managing director of Selfridges. “Sustainability is no longer a bolt-on or a nice-to-have, it is integral to the success of any business. Over the last five years, we have deepened our understanding and commitment to sustainability, which has become increasingly aligned with our business strategy and is now a core part of both what we do, and how we do it.”