Corporate Social Responsibility
Debenhams Sustainability Report
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Waste

Following the success of being awarded a Green Apple in 2016, Debenhams have continued to focus on best practice and ongoing improvements of their waste management plan.

The re-launch of the recycling programme has been scheduled for September 2017 and focuses on, improved communications to stores and simplicity in processes. Combined with the ongoing support of New Star Environmental, Debenhams continues to remain focused on engaging with all stores to ensure that waste is managed responsibly.

Investments

Our supply chain partners have continued to invest in their infrastructures, which goes a long way towards ensuring that Debenhams consistently diverts more waste away from landfill whilst maintaining high service levels.

With the increased number of vehicles now able to weigh bins, we can identify locations where containers are above average weights and work with the stores to reduce the volumes following the waste hierarchy.

Key Numbers

97% of the waste produced diverted away from Landfill.

6.3 Tonnes of FDG were donated to the Salvation Army

6.9 Tonnes of samples donated to TRAID within our support centres.

Reused and Recycled

To further improve we have begun implementing initiatives to reduce, reuse and recycle. This year we have introduced 100% recycled bags for Life and standardised our hangers, reducing the number of types from 100 to 50, enabling much easier reuse.

Tailored Solutions

New Star Environmental, a recycling led waste management company, our partners since March 2012. With their experience and expertise they manage contracts with a number of regional suppliers to ensure our sites have the most flexible and eco-efficient solutions available locally.

Carrier Bags

In line with compulsory legislation, carrier bag charges were introduced by the governments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since the introduction of the charge Debenhams has donated over £400,000 to its nominated charities from the sale of single use carrier bags. The company continues to encourage customers to reduce consumption of bags and has seen a 39% decrease in demand for the item since 2015.

The carrier bag charge implemented in Northern Ireland is payable, as required, direct to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). Debenhams provides its customers with the option of purchasing a ‘Bag for Life’ that are available in two sizes; medium and large, each bag carries a charge of 10p. Customers can exchange their Bag for Life for free at any Debenhams store when they become worn or damaged.

English Carrier Bag Data

7th April 2016 –
6th April 2017
7th April 2017 –
6th April 2018
Single Bags Issued 3,876,495 bags 1,507,283 bags
Number of Bags for Life Sold 11,132,476 bags 11,712,705 bags
Single Bag Income (Gross Proceeds) £193,824.75 £76,276.95
Deductions £0.00 £0.00
Net Proceeds (with VAT deducted) £161,520.63 £63,564.13
Total Amount Donated to Good Causes £161,520.63  £63,564.13
Details of Charitable Good Causes Debenhams Foundation
– Charity
Debenhams Foundation
– Charity

 

Welsh Carrier Bag Data

7th April 2016 –
6th April 2017
7th April 2017 –
6th April 2018
Single Bags Issued 3,876,495 bags 165,018 bags
Number of Bags for Life Sold 11,132,476 bags 681,974 bags
Single Bag Income (Gross Proceeds) £193,824.75 £8,325.45
Deductions £0.00 £0.00
Net Proceeds (with VAT deducted) £161,520.63 £6,937.88
Total Amount Donated to Good Causes £161,520.63 £6,937.88
Details of Charitable Good Causes Charities including those within the Debenhams Foundation and others. Charities including those within the Debenhams Foundation and others.