Sustainable Business Covered podcast: What makes a responsible retailer?

The world of retail is competitive, but sustainability has emerged as a viable way for companies to differentiate themselves. At edie's recent London-based event, the question on everybody's lips was...what makes a responsible retailer?

Throughout the episode, each interviewee is quizzed to find out what makes a responsible retailer?

Throughout the episode, each interviewee is quizzed to find out what makes a responsible retailer?

edie senior reporter Matt heads along to edie's Responsible Retail Conference, where he manages to speak with not one, not two, but five expert speakers from the day.

During the event, Matt speaks to the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) head of environment Alice Ellison on the growth of new business models, as well as House of Fraser’s director of sustainability Dr Dorothy Maxwell to reflect on the retailer’s fledgling sustainability strategy.

Later on, John Lewis Group’s corporate responsibility manager Eoghan Griffin discusses the necessity and benefits of brand trust, while WRAP’s programme area manager for sustainable textiles Leigh Mapledoram offers insight into the organisation’s Sustainable Clothing Action Plan.

Matt then sits down with the conference chair, the University of Leeds’ lecturer in sustainability, fashion and retail Dr Mark Sumner, to reflect on a successful event and discuss the next generation of sustainability professionals.

Of course, throughout the episode, each interviewee is quizzed to find out what makes a responsible retailer?

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Sustainable Business Covered: Full list of episodes

(Episode 31 - Meeting the drivers of the circular economy)

(Episode 30 - In the green room with IHG's Kate Gibson)

(Episode 29 - In the green room with Landsec's Sarah Beattie)

(Episode 28 - Designing for the future and adapting to global megatrends

(Episode 27 - In the green room with Carillion's David Picton)

(Episode 26 - Rolling out the green carpet for Project Drawdown)

(Episode 25 - Under the canopy and what's all the hubbub?)

(Episode 24 - In the green room with BT's Gabrielle Ginér)

(Episode 23 (Part 2) - We're back! And we're LIVE from edie Live)

(Episode 23 (Part 1) - We're back! And we're LIVE from edie Live)

(Episode 22 - 'Be bold for change' on International Women's Day)

(Episode 21 - Getting engaged with sustainability)

(Episode 20 - A day in the life of sustainability leaders)

(Episode 19 - Inside The Body Shop's innovation lab)

(Episode 18 - Raising a glass to our sustainability leaders)

(Episode 17 - A New Year's Revolution for the green economy)

(Episode 16 - Sharing cars and driving green innovation)

(Episode 15 - Fresh from Marrakesh)

(Episode 14 - The past, present and future of green buildings)

(Episode 13 - Britain's great green policy progressives)

(Episode 12 - From green apprentice to sustainability leader)

(Episode 11 - (Parts 1&2) - Circular economy dreams and responsible retail)

(Episode 10 - Back to CSR school)

(Episode 09 - Doddle deliveries and zero-waste restaurants)

(Epidode 08 - Sustainability without the fluff)

(Episode 07 - How to win the war on waste coffee cups)

(Episode 06 - Supply chain challenges and Shell's Eco-marathon)

(Episode 05 - IN or OUT of the European Union?)

(Episode 04 - Plan A progress and carbon-neutral beer)

(Episode 03 - Sustainability skills special)

(Episode 02 - Monkey dating and the 'S' word)

(Episode 01 - Live from edie Live)

Matt Mace


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