In any store, the products in front of you have travelled on a complex journey - usually global - before meeting you. They also go on a complex journey after you've finished with them. Retailers, suppliers and consumers are all responsible for different parts of that journey.
Retailers have a unique position between the customer and the supplier. Our role is about helping both our customers make the right choices, and with our suppliers in understanding how to embed sustainability within the product.
But it is not enough to simply communicate a product's sustainable credentials and assume there will be demand for it; price, durability, and ease of use are all equally important in the customer's buying decision.
Voluntary and regulatory measures are an important part of embedding sustainable practices within a supply chain. EDRA's priorities in this area includes:
As businesses involved in the global manufacture, transportation and sale of goods, we take seriously our responsibility to manage the impact of chemicals on the environment and human health. Retailers understand the need to work with suppliers in targeting hazardous substances for phase out from supply chains and ensuring that substitutes exist to replace them over the long term.
We believe the most effective way of delivering change is through early dialogue with policymakers and suppliers, working together to make a transition in chemical use, in line with scientific evidence.
Retailing has been a major beneficiary from the four freedoms (goods, capital, services, people) that underpin the European single market. This has brought massive choice to European consumers, which in turn has contributed to lower prices and greater innovation on the shelf. Protecting these fundamental freedoms and resisting the temptations to erect protectionist barriers within the EU is a vital part of allowing retailers to continue growing their offer and services to customers.