Since the launch of BESTSELLER in 1975, the international family-owned fashion company has now grown to over 17,000 employees worldwide and houses over 20 fashion brands.
The retailer works towards sustainable development in the fashion industry by both encouraging suppliers to move in a more sustainable direction and empowering customers to make more conscious decisions by offering a variety of sustainably minded fashion options. In 2018, the retailer launched a Fashion FWD strategy with a goal to become climate positive and it continues to work with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to fulfil this ambition.
BESTSELLER’s newly approved science-based climate targets mark another valid step towards becoming a climate positive company.
Its total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been calculated across the full value chain. Subsequently, providing the foundation for two science-based climate targets – both in line with the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement – limiting global warming to 1.5°C.
Providing clear, measured and tangible goals is the first step towards refining climate efforts and as a result, BESTSELLER has reached another Fashion FWD milestone.
BESTSELLER will begin measuring their progress in 2021, and in 2022 will be able to provide information regarding whether or not the company is on track and where further changes may be needed to accelerate the move towards these goals.
Due to the fact that 95 percent of BESTSELLER’s GHG emissions are not directly created by BESTSELLER but come from the indirect type of emissions known as scope 3 (for ‘purchased goods and services and upstream and downstream transportation’ including raw material, yarn and fabric production, garment manufacturing, transport, packaging, use of sold product and the product’s end-of-life – the extended value chain), it is critical that BESTSELLER set out to achieve far-reaching change over the company’s entire supply chain and account for the consumer use phase too. This is precisely why it is so promising that accordingly, BESTSELLER have committed to the target of a 30 percent CO2 reduction on scope 3 specifically. This paves the way for transparency and collaboration amongst businesses, a critical move towards accelerating sustainability in fashion.
To action these ambitions, BESTSELLER is committed to pivoting their sourcing focus to look more specifically at circularity and sustainability by exploring avenues such as organic cotton, recycled polyester and more sustainable viscose. In addition, enhanced traceability and transparency will be paramount to this process. Moreover, improving data management across supplier and facility data and facility energy data verification will enable BESTSELLER to better identify where to target its efforts.
With over ¼ of BESTSELLER’s CO2 footprint sitting with consumers in the ways in which they care for their products after purchase, BESTSELLER intend to engage further with consumers to inform them about their impact and how it can be reduced.
At the core of these targets, however, the company acknowledges that it must also look at scope 1 and 2 (which include electricity use, heating and cooling of buildings and use of vehicles owned or controlled by BESTSELLER) and take responsibility for creating products with sustainability and circularity in mind and, in turn, inspire change in others.
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