This report is one of a three-part series about the retail sector’s strategies to improve its sustainability performance and that of its suppliers. In "Retail: A Sustainability Benchmark," we examine the sustainability activities of a select group of retailers and ask the question: Are retailers walking the talk when it comes to environmental, social and governance performance?

In determining what sustainability performance looks like for a major retailer, we look at the following internal and external factors:

• Employees
• Communities
• Sustainable Product Development
• Competitors
• Green Buildings
• Transportation and Logistics Costs
• Carbon Efficiency
• Rising Demand for Certified Products
• Expectation for Reporting and Performance Measurement
• Product Safety

These drivers are transforming the retail sector and they are opening up competitive opportunities for retailers who can demonstrate their sustainability performance.

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