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Policies & Issues: Environment

Climate change poses risks to be managed and opportunities for competitive advantage. Extreme weather and climate variability have already caused millions of pounds worth of damage to businesses. Many have been forced to close temporarily or permanently and the same can happen again if strategies are not developed to manage these impacts.

Our members have been working within their own businesses and suppliers to ensure they are in a position to adapt to changes which pose a major risk. Within their own businesses, they have examined future impacts on their property and distribution planning for more extreme weather, such as flooding. They also continue to improve resource management as these, such as water use, will come under more stress as climate change continues.

They are also working with their suppliers to help them adapt to climate change, particularly primary suppliers. They are investing in research in areas such as the use of trickle irrigation, soils management and crop production which they share with their farmers to ensure their supply chains are in a robust position to adapt in the future. This is essential to secure their supply chains and means farmers around the world are in the best position to continue to produce efficiently in the future.

We are sharing all our work with the Government to use in its climate change adaptation plan.

For more information and case studies demonstrating approaches taken by retailers, please see A Better Retailing Climate.

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