Reset sustainability in retail and fashion

The retail C-suite has been faced with a series of challenges only few could imagine. The industry has never undergone such a colossal trial, and it also has never been presented a more powerful opportunity to demonstrate responsibility and resilience—and emerge stronger.

Now is the moment to adopt the environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices that will allow a company to thrive again.

A retail strategy that sets the pace

The need to transform the retail sector has accelerated as we see more consumers, employees and investors favoring companies that have an authentic ESG strategy across all business disciplines.

Retailers are in a powerful position to make changes that drive sustainability across functions while enabling a profitable future. Leaders are thinking about ESG not as a problem to solve, but as the solution to cleaner, more efficient, less wasteful practices.

Scaling ESG Solutions in Fashion

Scaling ESG Solutions in Fashion

This report is a call to action for the fashion industry, proposing detailed sustainability activities and solutions across seven priority areas. Read more.

Seize the moment

Seize the moment

This report explores how retailers can reimagine their businesses via the lens of sustainability to enable a responsible and resilient future. Read more.

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Scaling ESG solutions in fashion

Scaling ESG solutions in fashion

Accenture Retail

ESG is the new management approach

Accenture Retail

The datafication of sustainability in retail

Jill Standish, Global Retail Lead

In fashion specifically, extraordinary levels of collaboration, commitment, consumer engagement, innovation and technology are required to transform the industry at speed and scale. With an industry valued at almost US$3 trillion and an estimated 1 in 6 people working in fashion, the size and breadth bring significant climate and socio-economic impacts—and opportunities.

The path ahead is complex and calls for a strategic approach.

Climate

Raw materials

Chemicals

Fair labor

Sustainability measurement

Innovation & circularity

Engaging consumers

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We are helping global retailer H&M deliver fashion in a sustainable way. Its online ecommerce solution, built and run by Accenture, uses only green energy, including wind power on Azure cloud, that auto-scales to reduce use to a minimum.

A retail fashion industry designed to endure

The retail industry has proven decade after decade that it is adaptable and resilient. Recent and ongoing changes happening in the world can serve as a call to rebuild yet again—but with new ambitions to be more responsible to shareholders, employees and the planet.

In collaboration with WWD, the Responsible Business Coalition at Fordham University, and Fashion Makes Change, read the new guide on Scaling ESG Solutions in Fashion.



Cara Smyth

Managing Director – Sustainability


Frank Zambrelli

Managing Director – Sustainability

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Full report

This report is a call to action for the fashion industry, proposing detailed activities and solutions across seven high impact areas.

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Full report

This report explores why now is the moment for retailers to adopt environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices to thrive.

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This short report summarizes priority sustainability actions across seven high impact areas for retail leaders to take today.

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This short report explores how retailers can reimagine their businesses via the lens of sustainability to enable a resilient future.

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