Updates from our management team about our business.
It’s been two years since we first launched our 20x20 Sustainability Plan and I’m really proud of the reaction we’ve received, especially about the progress we’ve made towards achieving the stretching environmental targets we set ourselves.
When it came to planning ‘another year on event’ for 20x20, we wanted discussion and feedback to be a key focus of the morning event. We wanted to look at progress over the last two years and more importantly, the journey we’re still on. I don’t think it’s in our interest to simply get on stage and reel off our achievements, it’s a discussion.
With seven weeks to go until Christmas, the great British countdown has now well and truly begun. But at Sainsbury’s, our countdown to Christmas started some 14 months ago as we embarked on what I think is the boldest, most exciting project we’ve done. It’s also the campaign of which I’m personally most proud.
The opportunity to host the Best for Food & Health (BF&H) breakout group was really exciting for me – I’m passionate about food safety and health and doing as much as we can to help our customers live a healthy lifestyle - so chairing the BF&H group was a real pleasure.
I spent Wednesday at our 20x20 Sustainability event in our Store Support Centre in Holborn, Central London. Following an external perspective led by Sally Uren from Forum for the Future and Justin’s sustainability progress report, I chaired the ‘Corporate Citizens’ breakout session.
There are so many reasons why our sustainability targets are important, for the environment, for our sourcing credentials, and for our approach as an ethical business.
Tomorrow is International Women's Day – a chance for us to celebrate the achievements of women not just within our organisation, but around the world.
"Waste not, want not,” was a guiding principle of our grandparents’ generation, but it’s never been more relevant today. In a world of diminishing resources, retailers have a responsibility not only to trade sustainably, but also to help our customers to live sustainably too.
The difficulties faced by parts of the British dairy industry is of course an important topic, but coverage has tarred all retailers with the same brush. The heartening fact is that customers have a positive choice – they can choose to buy 100% British milk from a retailer that guarantees a fair price for British producers, or they can shop elsewhere.
At Sainsbury’s our diversity and equality vision is to be the most inclusive retailer where people love to work and shop. As Operating Board Sponsor for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), I work with our LGBT Network to create an environment of equal opportunities in which we can all be the best we can be, confident that diverse views are listened to.
As the new leader of this business I’m particularly proud of the progress we’ve made over the past year towards our 20x20 commitments.
I love fashion and design but where and how our clothes are made is just as important to me. It all begins in our offices in Coventry with our fantastic Tu design team. They keep on top of catwalk trends and travel abroad to get new ideas so we can bring you inspiring new collections every six weeks.