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In positive news, 25 major UK retailers have pledged to follow the Better Retail Better World initiative that aims for greater corporate alignment with SDGs.

Inequality, modern slavery, climate action, sustainability, deforestation and consumption are just a few of the issues being focused on, as the initiative mobilises the retail industry to meet some of the biggest global challenges of the coming decades highlighted by the UN. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals offer a clear and coherent framework that is transparent and objectively measurable in terms of goals developed with businesses and campaigners.

Aldi, ASDA, Baukjen Group, Boots, C&J Clarks, The Co-operative, Debenhams, DFS, Dixons Carphone, Fenwicks, Greggs, The House of Bruar, House of Fraser, IKEA, John Lewis, Kingfisher, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Musgrave Group, NEXT, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Signet, WHSMITH and Wilko comprise of the list of participating brands.

There is also collective initiative among them to share information regarding complex supply chain issues. Richard Pennycook, Chairman of the British Retail Consortium, has 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.”

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