Blog - Sustainability

7 buzzwords in responsible retail

Published: 21st Sep 2017 by Debbie Griffiths

            “We need a common language” was one of Dr Mark Sumner’s conclusions at end of the edie Responsible Retail conference in London (Sept 20).   To start things off, here’s a round-up of some of the most frequently uttered words from the line-up of responsible retailers. Plus a ... read more


Is high street sustainability an oxymoron?

Published: 29th Aug 2017 by Debbie Griffiths

Where does retail therapy sit on your top ten things to do? It’s fairly low on mine, going by the traditional definition:   retail therapy: the practice of going shopping to make yourself feel happier. Personally, I can think of plenty of other things to make me feel happier. But, being British, they usually depend on the weather: gardening, ... read more


Responsible retail is everyone’s business

Published: 11th Jul 2017 by Debbie Griffiths

In July 1992, I made a life-changing decision, sending my CV in on spec to The Body Shop head office. I followed my heart as a devoted customer and fan. Not just of the products, but the company’s ethics: using natural ingredients, caring for the planet, people and animals. Back then, it was so new, so different. As an employee, I quickly realised ... read more


Why we’re finally turning our back on the Co-operative Bank

Published: 28th Apr 2017 by Debbie Griffiths

The switch is underway and in a week’s time, Ideal Word Ltd will close its small business bank account with the Co-operative Bank and return to Lloyds. Orderly failure I still feel guilty about being the latest rat to leave the sinking ship, but my business head overruled my social conscience the day I learned that the Bank of England expected an ... read more


CR Reporting Awards 2017

Published: 25th Jan 2017 by Debbie Griffiths

If you’ve not yet cast your votes for the Corporate Register CR Reporting Awards 2017, you need to get in fast. Voting is only open until Tuesday 31 January 2017. After the way public votes have swung over the past 12 months, who knows which organisations will triumph. Will it be one of the old favourites, like M&S or Nestlé? Or a big ... read more


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