How we're doing

We measure our progress against our sustainability goals and targets and report progress annually.

 

We reached our first set of net positive milestones in 2016/17 and made strong progress in areas such as sales of sustainable home products, responsible sourcing of wood and paper, saving energy for customers and reducing energy use in our business. We narrowly missed our milestones for waste and community investment. In some areas we have further work to do, including embedding our supply chain standards and increasing our community involvement. Overall we met 24 of our milestones and targets for 2016/17 (45%). Our performance is summarised below and explained in full in our Sustainability Report 2016/17.

We have now published our new targets for 2025 which are explained in our Sustainable Growth Plan

Progress against our key Net Positive targets

Wood and paper

2016/17 MILESTONE

90% of the wood and paper we sell to be responsibly sourced.

Progress

96%

of the wood and paper (by volume) used in our products was responsibly sourced

We achieved 96% responsibly sourced wood and paper in our products, with B&Q at 100% and a further four companies have reached over 90%. Responsible timber sourcing is being integrated in our work to unify our products and sourcing, which will help to improve performance in our lower scoring operating companies.

Energy

2016/17 MILESTONE

11TWh of energy saved for customers

Progress

12.8TWh

of estimated energy saved for customers through the energy-saving products they've purchased from us since 2011/12

We estimate this could save our customers almost £840 million every year. Since 2011/12, we have saved customers enough energy to power all of the homes in Paris, around 1.3 million households, for over a year.

Products and Innovation

2016/17 MILESTONE

25% of Group sales from products that help create a sustainable home.

PROGRESS

28%

of sales from products that help create a sustainable home

Sales of sustainable home products, those with improved sustainability credentials, reached 28% generating £3.1 billion for the business. Sales of best in class products, our most innovative sustainable home products accounted for 6% of sales.

Communities

2016/17 MILESTONE

1,500 community projects completed by our people that deliver 'Better Homes, Better Lives'

Progress

1,453

community projects supported

We have supported 1,453 community projects since 2012/13 focusing on areas such as improving homes and facilities for those in need and support young people to develop practical skills.

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