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The Very Group Commits To Net Zero

Net Zero by 2040

At The Very Group, we are committed to playing a part in protecting the environment and doing all we can to minimise the impact of our operations on the climate.

Earlier in 2020 we switched to renewably sourced electricity for our UK operations which reduced our carbon emissions by 70%, but our journey does not stop there.

We want to ensure we are going above and beyond in order to be a responsible citizen in our communities. On 10th November 2020, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) launched a Climate Action Roadmap that details a vision for how retail can become a net zero industry by 2040, with all stores and warehouses powered by net zero electricity by 2030.

Signing up to this innovative industry roadmap is another example of how we are implementing the SDGs into our operations.

Industry Wide Commitment

The BRC have created the Climate Action Roadmap underneath the umbrella of their Better Retail Better World campaign which has been developed in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

At the point of launch, 66 of Great Britain’s retailers had committed to work together to collectively deliver the industry’s net zero ambition.

The roadmap has 5 clear pathways in the route to net zero that can be split by; data, energy, logistics, sourcing and people. The ambitions of the roadmap are in line with The Very Group’s existing strategy, so the opportunity to collaborate with other retailers to will help us achieve our goals more quickly. The roadmap can be reviewed in more detail here.

UNSDG - number 7 - affordable and clean energyUNSDG - number 12 - responsible consumption and production
UN SDG - number 13 - CLimate actionUNSDG - number 17 - Partnership for the goals
Using their extensive network of industry leaders, the BRC have been able to bring like-minded organisations together to make lasting change. We are proud that The Very Group are amongst the leaders to make this commitment.

Carly Bilsbrough, Head of CSR