Using its position as one of the world’s leading home improvement retailers, the Group recognises that it can help customers create more eco-efficient homes, thereby enabling them to reduce their carbon footprint and save money. Their aim is to be the customer’s first choice for sustainable products and services. During the financial year ending 31st January 2009, eco products accounted for 7% of total sales across the Group. The report features video case studies of the specific eco-ranges recently launched by two of the largest businesses – B&Q UK’s One Planet Home® range and Castorama France’s La Maison Éco.
The buisness is also committed to making its own operations more sustainable. It has set a broad range of social and environmental targets and is working closely with suppliers and partners to achieve them. They report a continued improvement in store energy efficiency and a cut in total waste disposed. Whilst their overall carbon footprint has increased in line with business growth, they have achieved an 11% reduction in CO2 emissions from energy and transport per £million retail sales over the past two years.
The report also outlines the approach to delivering the Future Homes strategy: seven CR goals implemented through its ‘Steps’ programme and measured through personal key performance indicators. The Steps programme is designed to ensure that all Kingfisher businesses – from Europe to Asia – achieve a defined level of performance within specific timeframes.
For the second year, the report has been reviewed by an independent Stakeholder Panel. The data is reviewed by Ernst & Young. The report is in accordance with the B+ level of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (G3).
The report is available on the website at www.kingfisher.com/CR
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