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ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) in Retail and Apparel – Thematic Research

Focus on sustainability has paved the way for an umbrella term that incorporates environmental social and governance (ESG) issues. ESG continues to gain popularity across several sectors, retail and apparel included, as consumers, governments, regulators, and the media begin to scrutinise and praise companies through an ESG lens. Social inequality, lack of action against climate change, diverse boards and tax avoidance are all issues that companies must address and ameliorate in the limelight, in front of all. The report provides an overview of ESG, what constitutes each element of E S and G, leaders and laggards in the retail and apparel space, and the key trends (technology and macroeconomic trends) that contribute to this theme. The report also goes onto outline the challenges in the retail and apparel space when it comes to ESG and provides case studies demonstrating how companies are integrating ESG within their business operations and processes.

Scope

GlobalData provides insight into the theme of ESG within the retail and apparel sector. The report provides an overview of what the ESG is, what factors make up each element of E S and G, why it is important to the retail and apparel industry and why it needs to become a core focus for retail and apparel operators going forward. The report outlines the operators that are market leaders and laggards within ESG and the key trends impacting the theme; and provides an ESG timeline highlighting important moments so far and gives insight into where operators rank in terms of their ESG in a scorecard format.

Key Highlights

ESG has gained momentum across a larger section of society and across different markets as the demand to be transparent and just picks up pace.

Actions, regulations and programmes in support of ESG are becoming more and more common across the globe. For instance, the development of the Kyoto protocol in 2005, the Paris alignment agreement in 2016 and the UK’s launch of its green finance strategy in 2019.

There are four different technology trends impacting the ESG theme in retail and apparel, including artificial intelligence, internet of things (IoT), refrigeration efficiency and transportation. All will play a significant role in allowing companies to enhance their ESG credentials.

There are five distinct macroeconomic trends impacting the ESG theme in retail and apparel, they include, alternative energy, COVID-19, ethical consumerism, generation Hashtag and M&A. These trends will play an important role in influencing how companies enhance their ESG credentials.

Retailers are facing many challenges within the ESG theme, across all three pillars. Retailers will need to work hard to address these issues swiftly and keep the world up to date on their progress and actions, as transparency is an essential factor in gaining ESG credentials.

Reasons to buy

Gain a better understanding of the ESG theme and how it’s shaping the retail and apparel markets.

Understand what elements constitute each pillar of E, S and G.

Better understand the key trends, including technology and macroeconomic trends, impacting the ESG theme, so you can shape your long-term strategy.

Discover how key operators are engaging with the ESG theme, providing greater clarity on the actions of competitors.

Learn about the different challenges facing each pillar of ESG in the retail market.

Companies mentioned

Aldi Nord

Alibaba

Alidi Süd

Amazon

Anthropologie

Apple

ASDA

Auchan

Bed Bath & Beyond

Boohoo

Brands Fashion

British American Tobacco

Burberry

Carrefour

Chanel

CK Hutchinson

Coca-Cola

Denim Tears

Diageo

DM – Drogerie Markt

Edeka

Food Lion

Gap

Gymshark

H&M

Home Depot

Hugo Boss

IKEA

Intelligent Label Solutions

Kering

KiK

Levi's

Lidl

Loop

Louis Vuitton

Marks & Spencer

Menards

Moschino

Mulberry

Noah

Off-white

Paragonia

Poshmark

Pyer Moss

Quikr

Reformation

REWE

Selfridges

Sports Direct

Takko Fashion

Tesco

ThreadUp

Unilever

Versace

Vestiare Collective

Wayfair

Woolworths

Zara

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

GlobalData’s ESG framework

Trends

The ESG action feedback loop

ESG challenges in retail

Case studies

ESG timeline

Companies

Sector scorecard

Glossary

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