De Bijenkorf committed to net zero carbon by 2040

20 September 2021 – Department store chain de Bijenkorf has signed The Climate Pledge, a global cross-sector collaboration, co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism, to accelerate the fight against the climate crisis. In doing so, the department store chain – together with the other Selfridges Group department stores – committed to the goal of becoming fully climate neutral by 2040, 10 years earlier than agreed in the Paris Agreement.

De Bijenkorf is one of 86 new entrants to The Climate Plegde, which now includes more than 200 companies. De Bijenkorf has already taken steps towards a more sustainable world, ranging from signing the Fashion Pact to stopping the sale of cosmetics with plastic glitter and products made from or containing exotic skins. The sustainability strategy of the department store, whose mission is to be ‘the most creative, inspiring and sustainable department store’, is supported by Science Based Targets (scope 1, 2 and 3).

It is encouraging that 86 companies – including some of the biggest household names in the world – have joined The Climate Pledge and committed to accelerate their actions to tackle climate change and do their bit to create a carbon neutral economy. Christiana Figueres, former head of the UN Climate Commission, co-founder Global Optimism.

Circular business models
De Bijenkorf is taking simultaneous action under The Climate Pledge on several fronts: all materials used must come from certified sustainable sources by 2025; pioneering new circular business models in resale, rental, refill and repair; and using its platform to engage and inspire partners, customers and employees.

De Bijenkorf CEO Giovanni Colauto: Creating a sustainable future is the goal of all the big and small steps we have taken in recent years. However, we realise that we need to do even more to tackle the climate crisis. By signing The Climate Pledge, we want to initiate meaningful change by uniting behind a positive, solution-oriented collaboration.

Report, implement and neutralise
By signing the Climate Pledge, de Bijenkorf commits to:

  • Measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis
  • Implementing decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business change and innovations, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions, and other carbon emission elimination strategies
  • Taking actions to neutralize any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially beneficial offsets to achieve net zero annual carbon emissions by 2040.

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