Selfridges today launches a transformational new sustainability initiative, Project Earth – its commitment to change the way we shop by 2025.
The initiative builds on the steps Selfridges has taken over the last 10 years to place sustainability at the heart of the business. Selfridges aims to help customers change the way they shop in three ways: by addressing the materials used in products, launching and exploring new retail models such as repair and resell, and engaging with teams, partners and customers to inspire a shift in mindsets. Working closely with over 300 of our brand partners and with support from the Woodland Trust and WWF, Project Earth will kickstart with eight weeks of experiments, innovations and conversations, across all stores and online, dedicated to reinventing retail.
Selfridges is the first luxury department store to set tough material requirements as part of their commitment to a science-based Scope 3 carbon reduction target in goods and services.
Through Project Earth, Selfridges commits to:
o Materials – Ensure the most environmentally impactful materials used throughout the business come from certified, sustainable sources by 2025
o Models – Pioneer new retail models and experiences, making Selfridges synonymous with circularity, including repair, resell, refill and rental
o Mindsets – Put longevity, creativity and sustainability at the heart of the business, and engage with teams, partners and customers to effect change
Underpinning Project Earth is a broader commitment to Science Based Targets and to achieve Net-zero carbon by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement.
Project Earth will be supported by a programme window displays, events and activities to engage with issues, amplify conversations and challenge mindsets by exploring the most exciting ideas in sustainability with some of the most influential thinkers in the space. There will be a series of 13 talks, takeovers and screenings with 10 partners such as How To Academy and Intelligence Squared and more than 20 events engaging with stories, brands and services to engage customers with the future of shopping. These include:
o Ethical Consumerism: oxymoron or opportunity? (The Guardian webinar, 18th September)
o Reimaging the fashion world (How To Academy webinar, 20th September)
o Climate Action: meet the champions of change (How To Academy webinar, 20th October)
o The Climate Changemakers: Meet the young activists fighting for climate justice (Inteligence2 webinar, 6th October)
o The Future of sustainable beauty with Sali Hughes (Webinar, 9th October)
o Immaterial Fashion: the end of ownership? (The Future Laboratory Instagram takeover, 8th October)
o Better together: how to build a movement (How To Academy webinar, 13th October)
o Sowing the seed: how can we become ethical eaters? (Intelligence Squared webinar, 14th October)
o Eco Innovations: future-facing ideas for our changing world (How To Academy webinar, 15th October)
Alannah Weston, Selfridges Group Chairman, says: “For the last decade we have taken ground-breaking steps to put people and planet at the heart of our business, embedding sustainability alongside creativity. Project Earth is not only our bold, new commitment to stretching environmental targets, it is about imagining new ways to do business, within the next five years.
“Since Project Ocean in 2011, Selfridges has been focused on changing mindsets around sustainability both inside our industry and in conversation with our customer. Out of the global pandemic has come an understanding of how fragile and complex our systems are, but also how our planet and people can benefit if we act collectively with a shared purpose. Now more than ever we must double down on our efforts to reinvent retail with sustainability at its heart and a way of working which is regenerative for humans and nature. Achieving our ambitions won’t be easy, but we are in a unique position to be able to work with our team members, partners and customers to co-create change and explore possibilities for a sustainable future.”
Anne Pitcher, Global Managing Director of Selfridges Group, says: “In a way we never could have predicted, the cycle of consumption has been broken by the pandemic marking a moment of change in our customers to a more considered mindset and requiring us to set new expectations for retail. We firmly believe evolving the way we do business and supporting change in the way people shop is essential to building a more sustainable business. Selfridges has the platform to change how shopping is done wrapped up in the destinations, experiences and inspiration customers want from us. And the tough, stretching targets we have set ourselves underpin our commitment to change our business and our ambition to imagine and create a sustainable future for our customers.”