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Sustainability

OUR VISION & VALUES


We believe luxury should sit lightly on the earth. That's why our sustainability vision is to achieve POSITIVE CHANGE. We see it as Doing the Right Thing, one of our core business values. We place sustainability at the heart of how we work, what we buy and sell.

Our aim is to manage our environmental footprint, responsibly source our products and support our people and communities.

TAKING ACTION


To deliver our vision and aim, our sustainability programme has three pillars of action:

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WORK RESPONSIBLY


We are committed to:
Managing our environmental footprint across our business;

Training our teams and working with our suppliers on sustainability;

Tracking and reporting our progress in line with the Sustainable Development Goals for Business covering energy/climate change, resource use and waste, water and responsible products.

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Alannah Weston, our Chairman, Selfridges Group talks about the seven reasons for our businesses to take sustainability seriously.

Eliminating single use plastics

Eliminating single use plastics

Under Ireland’s REPAK Plastics Pledge we commit to eliminating all avoidable single use plastic packaging and shifting to low impact alternatives by end 2020.

We have banned plastic microbeads in beauty products as well as plastic containing cotton buds and wet wipes from our beauty halls. We have removed single use plastic straws, water bottles and cups from our restaurants. All our team members receive a branded reusable cup as part of their induction pack. We have eliminated all single use plastic carrier bags.

Reducing our carbon footprint

We commit to reducing our carbon footprint using Science Based Targets. From 2020-2030 we will reduce our carbon emissions across our estate (scope 1 & 2) by 50% and in our supply chain (scope 3) by 15%, from a baseline of 2018.

Fun Fact!
Science Based Targets define the carbon reduction needed to avoid a global temperature rise beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Zero waste to landfill

We commit to being zero waste to landfill by end 2020.

Supporting local biodiversity - Urban Bee Hives

We are all a buzz as we help Irish biodiversity with rooftop beehives and honey. Our store team is working in association with the Limerick Urban Beekeeping Society initiative to support local bee pollination.

Download our Sustainability Policy, Sustainability Targets (2020/21)

BUY & SELL RESPONSIBLY


We are committed to
Responsibly sourcing our products and packaging across the supply chain;

Growing our ranges of responsible beauty, fashion, food, accessories and homewares to support our customers to live more sustainable lifestyles;

Showcasing sustainable products and local Irish design.

THE SUSTAINABLE EDIT


Responsible Sourcing

A curated collection of sustainable fashion, beauty, home, food and Irish products. Extraordinary style with a light footprint so our conscious customers can have it all.

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Responsible Sourcing

We work with our brands, concessions, restaurants, logistics and other suppliers to continuously improve environmental, labour and animal welfare practices and transparency across the supply chain. We train our buyers and suppliers on responsible sourcing. We work with best practice initiatives including the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Download our Ethical Trading Regulations with our mandatory responsible sourcing requirements for suppliers

Packaging

Our iconic Brown Thomas carrier bags are made from sustainable timber certified to Forest Stewardship Council and can be recycled. We are working on reducing the footprint of all our packaging and consumables. Just when you thought our carrier bags couldn’t get any better, we have also introduced a reusable one made recycled plastic bottles.
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Circular

Our luxury, quality products stand the test of time. To reduce their footprint further we continue to grow our circular offerings.

We also believe fashion is not waste. We support reuse through our Give back with Style box. Customers can donate clothes or items to raise charity funds for SVP by returning their unwanted clothes or items via the online delivery box. Our team members also can donate through our SVP Internal Clothing Appeal.
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Irish Design


We are proud to showcase Irish design.

Each summer our Fashion Director Shelly Corkery nurtures and promotes new and established Irish design talent at CREATE. Since 2018 sustainability has been a key theme. Fashion Director, Shelly Corkery says: “We are passionate about promoting Irish design at Brown Thomas and discovering new and innovative designers is so exciting. CREATE is the first to find the most exciting and newest talent and showcase the best emerging designers.

SUPPORT PEOPLE & COMMUNITY


Charity and Volunteering

We support the local communities our business operates in through charity fundraising and volunteering. We support a variety of charity partners relevant to our brands and team members interests. In light of Covid-19 we have grown our focus to support our healthcare heroes and retirees. To learn more about our Covid-19 response click HERE. Team members participate in charity initiatives and the business matches the team funds raised up to €100,000. Every team member that we employ has one paid volunteering day per year.

Diversity & Inclusion

We are committed to fostering an equal, diverse and inclusive culture, where all of our team members have the opportunity to realise their full potential. To do this we have partnered with Open Doors and Irish Centre of Diversity.

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Wellbeing

We are proud to be the first Irish retailer to be awarded the IBEC KeepWell mark accreditation. This is an evidence based workplace wellbeing accreditation and award for companies that adopt policies to make their employees wellbeing a priority.

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OUR ORGANISATION AND PARTNERS

Our commitment is from the top down. Our sustainability team lead our programme with oversight from our Sustainability Executive Group – decision makers across our business functions. Over 30 of our team are Green and Charity champions who support implementation and engagement across our business. We are proud to be the first retailer to complete the Green Teams national training programme supported by the Environmental Protection Agency.

We work closely with our brands, concessions and supply partners. We are also members of sustainability leadership initiatives in Ireland and internationally which support us to continuously improve and scale our progress.