Marine Stewardship Council launches global campaign on sustainable seafood

Marine Stewardship Council launches global campaign on sustainable seafood

LONDON, 8-Jun-2020 — /EPR Retail News/ — High levels of concern for our oceans are driving a new wave of consumer activism, research for the Marine Stewardship Council reveals, as consumers increasingly ‘vote with their forks’ to safeguard our oceans.

The largest survey of its kind involving more than 20,000 people across 23 countries, conducted by independent insights consultancy, GlobeScan, reveals that 6 in 10 seafood shoppers (58%) already made changes to the way they choose and buy seafood in the last year in order to protect fish in our oceans.

Consumer activism includes switching to brands or products that say they help protect the oceans or fish (23%), buying different seafood species (17%) and changing where they buy seafood (15%). Eight in 10 seafood consumers (83%) are prepared to take further action in the future to safeguard our oceans.

That action is being fuelled by the worry held by nearly 1 in 3 people globally (31%) that their favourite fish won’t be available to eat in 20 years’ time. A higher proportion of 18 to 24-year-olds (37%) fear their favourite fish will be off the menu by 2040 than the over 55s (27%). Young people and parents are also more likely to have taken action in the last year1 and be willing to take action in the future to protect fish and seafood2.

For plenty more fish to be left in the sea, two thirds (65%) of seafood lovers say buying fish and seafood from sustainable sources is vital, and two fifths (41%) say they notice ecolabelled products when shopping.

Oceans contain up to 80 percent of life on earth3, with seafood providing an important source of protein to more than 3 billion people across the world4. However, a third of fisheries around the world have been fished beyond sustainable limits, and a further 60% are fished to their maximum capacity5.

This World Oceans Day (8th June), the independent, not-for-profit Marine Stewardship Council is launching a new global campaign Little Blue Label, Big Blue Future. The aim is to encourage more consumers to switch to seafood certified to its rigorous ‘blue label’ standard.

Rupert Howes, Chief Executive at the Marine Stewardship Council said: “With overfishing, climate change and pollution putting increasing pressure on our oceans, the choices we make as consumers have never been more important. This survey shows people really do care where their seafood comes from and how it is sourced.

“At a time when the seafood industry is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we can all play a part in supporting fishers committed to sustainable practises, helping to protect marine ecosystems and safeguarding our seafood supplies for future generations. Choose certified sustainable seafood by looking out for the blue MSC label.”

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Kingfisher announces that it has signed the “French Business Climate Pledge”

  • In the lead up to the COP 21 climate talks in Paris, Kingfisher plc is pleased to announce that it has signed the “French Business Climate Pledge”, launched today.
  • 39 businesses have signed the pledge, demonstrating their commitment to combating climate change, to making COP 21 a success and to limiting the warming of the earth to 2°C.
  • The pledge includes aggregated commitments from these companies in terms of investments to fight against climate change, such as the use of renewable energy and the systematic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions throughout the lifecycle of their products.

39 major French companies take concrete action to combat climate change

PARIS, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the lead-up to the Paris climate summit (COP 21), 39 major French companies, employing a total of 4.4 million people worldwide and generating sales of 1,200 billion euros, have made a firm commitment to combat climate change. By signing this climate pledge, they want to contribute to making COP 21 a success and to limiting the warming of the Earth to 2°C. They emphasize their driving role and leadership in the fight for a more sustainable world.

Active since many years, these companies are taking concrete steps to reduce their carbon footprint through:

  • The use of active and passive energy efficiency solutions,
  • The use of renewable energy, notably hydro, wind or solar energy,
  • The systematic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life cycle of their products,
  • The development of new low-carbon materials and solutions,
  • The reduction of food waste and packaging,
  • The adoption of long-term investment strategies actively promoting the energy transition.

From 2016 to 2020, the 39 companies plan to invest at least 45 billion euros in industrial projects and R&D devoted to renewable energy, energy efficiency and other low carbon technologies. Over the same period, they also intend to provide bank and bond financing of at least 80 billion euros for projects contributing to the fight against climate change.

In addition, they foresee low carbon investments of 15 billion euros in new nuclear capacities and investments of 30 billion euros in natural gas as energy transition solution, planned over the next five years.


Augustin de Romanet, chairman and chief executive officer of Aéroports de Paris

Patrick Kron, chairman and chief executive officer of Alstom

Philippe Varin, chairman of the AREVA board of directors

Thierry Le Hénaff, chairman and chief executive officer of Arkema

Vianney Mulliez, chairman of the Auchan supervisory board

Jean-Philippe Puig, managing director of Avril

Henri de Castries, chairman and chief executive officer of Axa

Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, chief executive officer of BNP Paribas

Georges Plassat, chairman and chief executive officer of Carrefour

Philippe Brassac, chief executive officer of Crédit Agricole SA

Emmanuel Faber, chief executive officer of Danone

Jean-Bernard Lévy, chairman and chief executive officer of EDF

Max Roche, chief executive officer of Eiffage

Philippe Salle, chairman and chief executive officer of Elior

Gérard Mestrallet, chairman and chief executive officer of Engie

Jean-Charles Decaux, chief executive officer of JCDecaux

François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering

Véronique Laury, chief executive officer of Kingfisher

Bruno Lafont, co-chairman of the LafargeHolcim board of directors

Philippe Wahl, chairman and chief executive officer of Groupe La Poste

Gilles Schnepp, chairman and chief executive officer of Legrand

Jean-Paul Agon, chairman and chief executive officer of L’Oréal

Jean-Dominique Senard, chairman of Michelin

Stéphane Richard, chairman and chief executive officer of Orange

Maurice Lévy, chairman of the Publicis Groupe board of directors

Elisabeth Borne, chairwoman and chief executive officer of RATP

Rudy Provoost, chairman and chief executive officer of Rexel

Pierre-André de Chalendar, chairman and chief executive officer of Saint-Gobain

Olivier Brandicourt, chief executive officer of Sanofi

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, chairman and chief executive officer of Schneider Electric

Denis Kessler, chairman and chief executive officer of SCOR SE

Guillaume Pépy, chairman of the SNCF

Frédéric Oudéa, chief executive officer of Société Générale

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, chairman of Solvay’s Executive Committee and Solvay’s CEO

Jean-Louis Chaussade, chief executive officer of Suez

Patrick Pouyanné, chairman of Total’s Executive Committee and Total’s CEO

Jacques Aschenbroich, chief executive officer of Valeo

Antoine Frérot, chairman and chief executive officer of Veolia

Xavier Huillard, chairman and chief executive officer of Vinci

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Kingfisher – our concrete commitments

Kingfisher and its retail brands commit to tackling climate change

Kingfisher plc is an international home improvement company which operates nearly 1,200 stores in 10 countries in Europe. Its main brands are B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt and Screwfix. Kingfisher also operates the Koçtaş joint venture in Turkey.

The company has an ambition to bring a positive contribution to the environment: creating economic, social and environmental value by fully integrating sustainability into business as usual.

Kingfisher’s convictions

That’s why, in the frame of the discussions around COP 21, Kingfisher strongly states :

  • Its support in favour of a 2C-compliant low carbon economy
  • Its belief that the low carbon agenda is good for business and the wider economy ;
  • Its wish to support low carbon innovations, especially in the fields of its business.

Kingfisher’s commitments

Kingfisher believes it can fight against climate change with every day, affordable, products, while reducing its own carbon footprint. That’s why the business has made the following commitments by 2020:

  • To actively fight deforestation, achieve 100% responsibly sourced timber (certified or recycled) – the organization has already reached 92% ;
  • To reduce the environmental footprint of stores, by decreasing energy consumption by 45% (from a 2010/11 baseline) – so far the business has reduced by 17%;
  • To enable customers to make their home more comfortable, affordable and sustainable, Kingfisher’s retail brands have developed a quality offer in terms of products and services, at an affordable price with an ambition to enable customers to save 38 TWh – so far customers have saved 8.6 TWh through purchasing Kingfisher products and services

More broadly, the company has set the objective of a 25% reduction of its absolute CO2 emissions by 2020.

Outreach actions

To contribute to awareness-raising amongst stakeholders about fighting against climate change, Kingfisher has launched several initiatives:

  • Joining several business campaigns calling for an ambitious agreement on climate;
  • Communicating to customers the importance of climate change and about the concrete solutions offered;
  • Raising awareness amongst employees; .
  • Sharing with the public our commitments at « Solutions COP 21 » at the Grand Palais from December 4th to 10th.

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Carrefour awards ten winners of its “Major Climate Challenge For Suppliers”

First international edition of the “Major Climate Challenge For Suppliers”, Carrefour rewards ten of its suppliers for what they are doing to curb climate change

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2015-11-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 19 and 20 November 2015, Carrefour hosted an event in Paris for the ten winners of its “Major Climate Challenge For Suppliers”. An opportunity for all of its partners from ten of the Group’s integrated countries to adopt a collective policy for tackling climate change.

As we gear up for the COP21 conference, the “Major Climate Challenge For Suppliers” showcases companies that have developed concrete initiatives designed to tackle climate change, such as reducing waste or greenhouse gas emissions, protecting the planet’s biodiversity and developing eco-responsible products.

The ten prize-winners were all selected in their respective countries by panels made up of experts, journalists and NGO representatives who assessed the innovative solutions developed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and the results that these solutions yielded.

This ” Major Climate Challenge For Suppliers ” has helped Carrefour to identify and promote exemplary initiatives which are in line with its aim of reducing its carbon emissions by 70% between now and 2050.

Carrefour is continuing to support suppliers, helping them to develop innovative and environmentally-friendly products for its stores that meet customers’ requests. What’s more, supporting its partners is – alongside tackling waste and preserving the planet’s biodiversity – the third key area in which Carrefour’s CSR policy is focused.

SOURCE: Carrefour

Best Buy joins other leading U.S. companies in signing the American Business Act Pledge on Climate Change

Richfield, MN, 2015-10-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (October 19, 2015) we are proud that Best Buy is joining other leading U.S. companies in signing the American Business Act Pledge on Climate Change.

This is an historic moment for Best Buy. In our pledge, we committed to further advancing our efforts toward addressing this global challenge. Here’s what we said:

  • We will reduce our own carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2020 from operational reductions and renewable sourcing. This science-based goal builds on our 2014 achievement of a 26 percent reduction in carbon emissions within our operations.
  • We will provide energy-efficient products and solutions to help customers minimize their own carbon footprints. In 2014, we helped our customers prevent 900 million pounds of carbon emissions through the ENERGY STAR® certified products they purchased from Best Buy.
  • We will work with industry partners to promote sustainable electronics through manufacture, transport, use and end-of-life solutions.

While certainly an issue worldwide, the impact of climate change is felt close to home for all of us at Best Buy. It’s experienced in the communities where we live and work in the form of more droughts, storms and wildfires, and rising temperatures that affect human health.  These climate changes, coupled with the fact that carbon reduction makes good business sense, are what brought us to the White House today.

We have made great progress toward achieving our sustainability goals, and we know we have more work ahead.

 For more information about the Best Buy sustainability program visit

SOURCE: Best Buy