Kingfisher's Steps to Responsible Growth environmental and social management programme is driving progress across Kingfisher's ten operating companies. Steps sets out specific actions that operating companies must take at three levels of progress - minimum action, policy target and leadership position. Operating companies are assessed twice a year.
The latest assessment shows some significant areas of progress:
B&Q UK has now moved up to the ‘leadership position' level on two issues - product impact and climate change. In October 2008, B&Q launched its One Planet Home range of nearly 2,000 sustainable products. On climate change, the company has reduced its carbon footprint year on year and was one of the first to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard.
Castorama France has moved up to the ‘policy target' level on three issues - climate change, transport and store waste. It is making progress in implementing action plans in all three areas and has set a new energy efficiency target of a 20% reduction in electricity per m2 floor space over a five-year period. It has incorporated a number of sustainable technologies including solar panels, a borehole for cooling and rainwater recycling into the new store in Cormeilles, northern France. To encourage development of eco-products, a new eco product award has been launched for suppliers.
Screwfix has moved up to the ‘policy target' level on one issue - store waste. The company is working towards the long term goal of zero waste to landfill. At its Trade Counters (stores), skips have been removed and recycling bins put in place. Packaging waste has been significantly reduced by working with suppliers to increase the number of products delivered in reusable totes rather than cardboard boxes.
Kingfisher's three newest businesses - Trade Depot, Castorama Russia and Brico Depot Spain - are now fully participating in the Steps programme.
See Kingfisher's country reporting tool (www.kingfisher.com/crt) for further details. This shows the levels achieved for all operating companies and a description of progress on each issue.