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Arnotts Sustainability

Sustainability

We recognise our role and responsibility in running our business in a way that is good for people, the community and the planet, and that is why we place sustainability at the heart of everything we do. We want to lead change by inspiring people to do the right thing by...

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Reducing our impact on the environment

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Engaging and empowering our buying teams

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Inspiring and nurturing Irish design talent

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Increasing our customers knowledge on sustainability

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Being a good social citizen

OUR
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SUSTAINABILITY ELEMENTS

Our 5 elements showcase how we aim to build, buy, work, sell and ship in a responsible way.….

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Respecting Our Environment

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Driving Positive Change

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Increasing Sustainability Awareness

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Supporting Our Supply Chain

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Buying & Selling Products Responsibly

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Respecting Our Environment

Our aim is to build extraordinary, efficient buildings and teams that respect the environment. Here are some of the ways we aim to do this.

Paper Bags & Online Packaging

Our iconic fashion bags are recyclable and made from sustainably sourced paper. As part of our single use plastic pledge, we aim to have no plastic bags by the end of 2018. All of our online packaging is 100% recyclable.

Paper Bags
Led Lighting

LED Lighting

All new construction projects have LED lighting investment to ensure we are more efficient about how we use light and energy in our everyday business.

Discover more on our environmental policy here.

Green Champions

A Green Teams community has been embedded across the business with 27 Green Champions, who have committed to an accredited Green Teams National programme, ensuring continued communication on tackling waste, energy and water issues.

Green Champions
War On Plastics

The War On Plastics

Alannah Weston, the Deputy Chairman of Selfridges Group, has worked hard to roll out a campaign to fight the war on plastics.

Arnotts single-use plastics pledge for 2018 is progressing with the removal of plastic straws and plastic bottles in vending machines. We are tackling the disposable cups issue by looking at compostable cups and have rolled out branded Keep Cups to all our head office team members.

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Driving Positive Change

We aim to engage and inspire action through sustainability in our workplace by driving positive change in the following ways.

Helping Hands Charity Partners

Our team members chose St Vincent DePaul and Pieta House as our 'Helping Hands' charity partners for 2018. Team members participate in charity initiatives for our chosen charities and this year, the business is matching all funds raised up to €100,000.

This year Arnotts team members took part in the annual Darkness into Light walk on May 6th, raising €4,000 for Pieta House.

Helping Hands Charity Partners
Helping Hands Volunteering Programme

Helping Hands Volunteering Programme

We launched a volunteering programme this year where team members are volunteering for their Helping Hands store charity partners and other charities close to their hearts.

SVP Internal Clothing Appeal

Our team members donate their unwanted clothing/items to raise funds for SVP. Each bag collected by SVP could be worth up to €25 which can help buy groceries for a person for a week.

SVP Online Give Back Box

Customers can also donate old unwanted clothes or items to raise money for SVP by returning their items via the Arnotts online delivery box.

SVP Internal Clothing Appeal
Irish Design, Heritage and Craftsmanship

Irish Design, Heritage and Craftsmanship

We nurture Irish design talent by supporting Irish Designers in-store and online. We proudly stock a host of Irish designers including Aideen Bodkin, Caroline Kilkenny, Fee G, Niamh O’Neill, Roisin Linnane, Fisherman, Tissue, Triona and Magee.

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Increasing Sustainability Awareness

We aim to engage and inspire positive action by creating more sustainable lifestyles and by understanding the products we sell and the impact they may have on the environment. We also aim to increase our customer’s knowledge and introduce sustainable products and alternatives.

Did You Know?

Levis

Levis

Have committed to source 100% sustainable cotton by 2020.

North Face

The North Face

Only use down that is 100% certified by the Responsible Down Standard.

West Elm

West Elm

Have committed to source 100% organic cotton for their bedding by 2020.

Lancome

Lancome

100% of the palm oil Lancome sources is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

Tommy

Tommy Hilfiger

Only use down that is 100% certified by the Responsible Down Standard.

Kiehls

Kiehls

100% of the palm oil Kiehls sources is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

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Supporting Our Supply Chain

We aim to have low environmental impact delivery and aim to work on decreasing our carbon footprint.

Our Environmental Footprint

Transport, delivery and inefficient production processes lead to high energy usage and a lot of unnecessary waste that is having a negative effect on our environment. We are working with our delivery and distribution partners on taking steps to decrease our environmental footprint.

Helping Hands Charity Partners

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Buying & Selling

We believe that we have a duty of influence to the wider market and aim to show how we are working to source products responsibly and ethically in the buying space.

Ethical Trading Requirements

We are working with our suppliers to have greater visibility over the ethical performance of our supply chain. All suppliers have been issued with our Ethical Trading Requirements which are core principles that suppliers must comply with and are a compulsory part of trading terms and conditions.

Please read our Ethical Trading Requirements policy here

Ethical Trading Requirments
Helping Hands Volunteering Programme

Sedex

We are members of Sedex, the world’s largest platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains, specifically around labour rights, Health and Safety, the environment and business ethics. We engage with our brands to sign up to Sedex to have greater supply chain visibility.

Buying Better

We have created a Buying Better Guide that all buyers use in the marketplace when making buying decisions with brands.

Our buying teams are working towards engaging and collaborating with our brands on sustainability strategies and policies.

Buying Better

Microbeads

Microbeads are tiny balls of plastic – smaller than 5mm which are commonly used to exfoliate your skin. Microbeads are non-biodegradable, which is what makes them harmful to all forms of wildlife and ecosystems. Trillions of tiny pieces of plastic are accumulating in the world’s oceans, lakes and estuaries, harming marine life and entering the food chain.

We are proud to say that Arnotts have committed to not sell any products that contain microbeads and have removed all products that do so.

Our Projects

City Is My Garden

The City Is My Garden

May - June, 2017

In 2017, Arnotts teamed up with the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin and one of Ireland’s leading visual artists Maser, to proudly celebrate the beauty of Dublin city and encourage biodiversity by bringing some of the outdoors, indoors.

We created an urban garden in our windows on Henry Street and gave out packets of sunflower seeds with every purchase made in store, so that customers could bring a little piece of our garden home to their own.