Zalando goes net-zero

German fashion retail giant Zalando has announced it has become a net-zero CO2 emitting company.

Zalando is an online fashion and beauty platform with 28 million customers in 17 markets. It has committed to net zero emissions in its operations, deliveries and returns, effective 30 October this year.

To achieve this the online retailer has reduced energy consumption, procured renewable power contracts and is offsetting all deliveries and returns in its transport networks.

Zalando’s director of corporate responsibility and sustainability Kate Heiny said that setting and reaching net-zero targets would spur the company and hopefully those it interacts with towards net-positive contributions to society and the planet.

“The creation of this strategy started in May 2019,” Heiny said. “It’s been a very big push for the team. What’s been most exciting is the engagement from Zalando employees, they’re very eager to push for higher aspiration.

“Part of the principles of net-positive to us is ensuring that your carbon footprint is neutral and where you can contribute positively to society and the environment you develop and demonstrate the methodology to do so.”


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