Taking responsibility for our environmental impact makes total sense: in a world where natural resources are limited, we are constantly working on ways to improve our efficiency.
As a family-owned business, it is important to us to ensure that we are helping to create a sustainable world for future generations. We work hard to reduce our direct environmental impact year on year and encourage our suppliers and customers to do the same.
Read our Environmental Policy
We aim to reduce our carbon emissions by 15% by 2020.
This is based on Scope 1&2 emissions – put simply: any emissions we make directly (e.g. putting petrol in cars) and emissions from bought energy. We are also starting to measure Scope 3, which includes emissions from our transportation and distribution network.
We aim to reduce our water usage by 12% by 2020.
We will achieve this by introducing hand sensors, clench taps and oil bins in our kitchens.
We aim to reduce total waste by 70% by 2020.
We have been zero waste to landfill since 2014 and aim to minimise waste, reuse where possible, donate, repurpose and recycle.
We work with New Life, Work and Play Scrapstore and City Harvest to ensure nothing useful gets thrown away. Look out for our Less Waste, More Taste logo in Foodhalls and restaurants, which highlights items that have been made using surplus food (e.g., our delicious Brass Rail scotch egg, made using offcuts of salt beef and yesterday’s rye bread for crumbs. Yum!)
We aim to measure our carbon emissions from our distribution network and set reduction targets.
We are working with our distribution partners, DHL, to map out the footprint of our distribution and e-commerce operation with the aim to set reduction targets.
Our key achievements
We are 100% powered by green electricity in all our stores and offices.
We continue to look out for ways to reduce our emissions.
In 2014, Selfridges was the first department store in the UK to achieve The Carbon Trust Triple Standard.
We have retained this standard to this day – a clear recognition of our achievements in reducing carbon emissions and water use, and an improvement in waste management. We have expert teams working across all sites to help us achieve our targets in day-to-day operations.