We understand the importance and necessity of responsible energy usage as part of our contribution to combatting the challenges of climate change. We proactively encourage the reduction of carbon emissions, and acknowledge the importance of the Group’s collective obligation to reduce our environmental impact within local communities. During the period, a number of initiatives and reviews have been completed, resulting in a more detailed and comprehensive Group approach to sustainability and ESG (Environmental, social and governance).
Independent verification of the Group’s continued progress on management and reduction of our environmental footprint was provided by our score from the January 2020 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) report. The Group retained its high ‘B’ score, outperforming both our benchmark category (Discretionary Retail) and the wider European sector average score by two grades. The CDP is recognised as a platform where investors, companies and cities take action on sustainability by measuring and understanding their management approach and impact achieved. Our CDP participation enables the Group to benchmark performance against industry peers, ensuring our strategy on carbon reduction is independently reviewed against comparable businesses.
Beyond our CDP score achievement, we have continued our support of, and compliance with the UK Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment, and working towards the transition of the new Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) regime. Furthermore, we have fulfilled our Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) commitments, assisting the reduction of our environmental footprint and improving resource efficiency across the UK and Europe.
After the Group’s FTSE100 entry, we made further commitment to improving our sustainability and environmental performance by establishing an ESG Committee. The Committee shall determine our future ESG strategy, monitor adherence to our existing documented Sustainability and ESG standards, and shall oversee plans for the introduction a new ‘ESG and Sustainability Policy Framework’ during 2020.
ESG – Key achievements:
We advanced our reputation as a sustainable organisation through increasing the number of environmental performance benchmarks that we measure ourselves against. These include joining RE100 (the world’s most influential companies, committed to 100% renewable power) to demonstrate our public commitment to renewable energy. We also completed our first CDP Forests questionnaire, with our second to follow in August 2020.
Undertaking measures to improve communication on our matters of current public and media interest (e.g. plastic usage). During the period, the Group re-launched its corporate website - a reference point for our ESG statements, achievements and strategy, enabling greater transparency on our practices and progress.
Continuing our progress on moving JD European stores to 100% ‘Green Energy’ usage, consistent with our current policy in the UK and Republic of Ireland. During the period, JD France and Chausport moved to ‘Green’ energy supply. Through membership of the RE100, we have publicised our target of 100% renewable electricity use for our European operations by 2022, with the ambition for all existing global operations to be renewable by 2025.
More information about what we are doing to mitigate our impact on the environment can be found in our Annual Report, the Energy & Sustainability Sections of this website and our case studies below.
Suppliers with ideas or innovations that would help to reduce our environmental impact are welcome to contact our Energy and Environment team via firstname.lastname@example.org