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Selfridges is the first department store to receive certification to the Carbon Trust Standard, recognising ongoing achievements in reducing carbon emissions, water use and improvement in waste management.


Selfridges is the first department store to receive certification to the Carbon Trust Standard, recognising ongoing achievements in reducing carbon emissions, water use and improvement in waste management.

Selfridges joins a handful of other organisations that have been awarded the prestigious award by the Carbon Trust, including M&S, AkzoNobel, The FA, Standard Chartered, PwC, Nationwide Building Society, Whitbread and ABP Food Group.

The Carbon Trust Standard is an independent certification recognising organisations that successfully measure, manage and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste, demonstrating leadership within their industry by making real year-on-year progress.

Selfridges has focused on a number of sustainability initiatives which have helped it to achieve the Standards. These include innovative waste management solutions such as an aerobic food digester in the staff canteen, ensuring that food waste can be digested on site and turned into water, as well as redesigning all of its packaging to be recyclable or biodegradable.  Since July Selfridges’ flagship store on Oxford Street has met the company’s zero waste to landfill target.


At Selfridges, being environmentally responsible means long term thinking about improving our energy efficiency, sourcing sustainably, managing waste and water, and minimising our impact. We do it because it makes commercial, social and environmental sense and we know that by working with our people, customers, partners, suppliers and communities we can continue to do more with less, take action to help protect our environment and trade sustainably and ethically with our partners.

Sue West, Operations Director of Selfridges

Selfridges is showing that a luxury retail shopping experience does not have to cost the Earth, becoming the first department store to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard for carbon, water and waste. Selfridges has a clear commitment to act as a responsible and sustainable business, and by achieving independent certification to the Carbon Trust Standard the company is demonstrating that it is making tangible improvements to its environmental performance year on year.

Darran Messem, Managing Director of Certification at the Carbon Trust

About Selfridges and Sustainability:

At Selfridges, voted best department store in the world*, everyone plays a part in creating that experience, from our team members, to our partners, to our customers from around the globe.  It’s this collaboration which shapes our culture and our approach to building a responsible and sustainable business.  From our environmental footprint to our pioneering Selfridges Project Ocean initiative, we are working with our partners to deliver a better, more sustainable future.

Since 2007 we have reduced our energy consumption by 19%. And that is despite having longer opening hours. We first received Carbon Trust certification in 2010 and have worked have to keep reducing our impact since.

Find out more about Sustainability at Selfridges at

Find out more about Selfridges Project Ocean at

*Selfridges Voted "Best Department Store in the World" Global Department Store Summits 2010, 2012, 2014. 

Read more about the Carbon Trust Standard

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