Sustainable Retail

Sustainability in retail & consumer packaged goods

The Future of Retail

Covid-19 is the stress test no one was prepared for. While the pandemic continues to provoke disruption in the retail sector, it has also driven sustainability action, shining a light on new solutions and strategies to achieve financial, environmental and social stability.

From luxury apparel to fast fashion, to grocery stores and beauty and personal care brands, responsibility for evolving and advancing the sustainability agenda lies across the full value chain, with necessary changes that are complicated and multi-faceted. At Anthesis, we work with our clients to identify and implement opportunities to drive systemic change while building business value.

 

The enablers we see as the strongest ways to drive sustainability progress in retail business:

  • Technological advances in supply chain traceability, transparency and data collection
  • Engaging and supporting suppliers to take climate action
  • Industry collaboration to create solutions, drive sustainable product design and accelerate progress
  • Educating the consumer on the sustainability impacts of their buying and product use decisions

Retail Sustainability Consulting

Anthesis is dedicated to activating change throughout the whole consumer product ecosystem 

  • We work with retail and consumer product companies to define and implement sustainability strategies 
  • We work with suppliers to improve environmental and social performance 
  • We collaborate with industry bodies to drive collective action 
  • We support 7 of top 10 retailers in Fortune 500

Our global representation positions us to support global supply chains, programs and clients on a regional basis. We have offices in Manila, Shanghai and Hong Kong to provide ontheground support to manufacturing suppliers. Outside of our North American and European hubs our clients have included South African retailers, Mexican bakeries and Chinese resorts, to name a few. 

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Anthesis has been an important thought-partner for us. They’ve been so helpful in getting the vendors on board and engaged. We’ve really relied on their expertise and experience to guide us through this process.


Former Sr. Manager of Sustainable Innovation, Gap

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Our chemical strategy will be one of the most comprehensive in the U.S. retail industry, including all Target-owned and national brand products and operations, not just formulated products.


Former VP of Corporate Responsibility, Target

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Anthesis has been instrumental in helping us quantify our carbon footprint and understand where our biggest opportunities lie over the years. This long-term support has allowed us to reach carbon neutrality and maintain our status as the UK’s most ethical water brand – an essential part of what Belu stands for.

Nolan Wright
Head of Operations, Belu Water

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J&J has been a proud member of Product Sustainability Round Table since 2007 and our membership has been a vital component of our product stewardship strategy. It helps us benchmark against other organisations, share best practices, and prepare for emerging trends and issues. The PSRT Leadership Framework has also supported J&J in our path towards more fully institutionalising sustainability across the organisation.

Al Iannuzzi
Senior Director Product Stewardship, J&J

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Tools to Support the Retail Sector

We build custom tools and leverage leading technology solutions to support our retail and consumer product clients.

While we are software agnostic, we are experts in deploying, using and training clients on the following software tools:

Cool Farm Tool – This software, used by McDonalds, Kellogg’s, Mars and Cargill, allows farmers to input field level data in order to provide carbon, water and biodiversity footprints for livestock and arable crops.

Footprinter – Footprinter supports clients in a number of ways; from sustainable product design assessments to operational level footprints. Our clients using the software include Reckitt Benckiser, Target and Pepsico.

Activator Academy – For smaller and/or younger clients, we have an online training platform to support sustainability journeys from the beginning, across a range of material topics 

Supply Shift  This is a leading software tool for collecting data from supply chains, helping drive action on sustainability and ESG performance specifically.

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The Retail Sustainability Journey

Our Services and approach

Anthesis provides agile analytics and research capabilities that deliver actionable, commercial foresight and insight for the retail sector. Our Retail Analytics service offering covers a wide array of service lines:

Strategy + Governance Services

Supply Chain + Operations Services 

Sustainable Products + Services  

Brand + Communications Services 

Anthesis provides evidence-based strategies, innovating, and tools to address challenges and unlock opportunities. Our Retail Solutions service offering covers a wide array of service lines:

Strategy + Governance Services 

Supply Chain + Operations Services

Sustainable Products + Services  

Brand + Communications Services 

Anthesis provides pragmatic support and services to deliver on-the-ground impact, efficiently and effectively. Our Retail Implementation service offering covers a wide array of service lines:

Strategy + Governance Services 

Supply Chain + Operations Services 

Sustainable Products + Services  

Brand + Communications Services 

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