Date published 20 December 2021

The year started with our further commitment to gender equality by becoming signatories to the UN’s Women’s Empowerment Principles and ended with our updated climate change goal to be net zero by 2030. We know that we need to take bold steps to be a market leading responsible business.

We had some real highlights in 2021. In June, our CEO Martyn Coffey, spoke out in support of children’s rights at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit. He also had a powerful conversation with a former child labourer, with a focus on sharing perspectives and finding solutions to accelerate the elimination of child labour in the sandstone sector in Rajasthan. We also took positive steps towards net zero including the installation of more solar panels, reducing plastic packaging and being named as one of Europe’s climate leaders.

Our Group Sustainability Director, Chris Harrop OBE, said: “It hasn’t been an easy year, so I’m even more proud that we’ve been able to continue forging ahead on our sustainability journey. Our achievements really demonstrate our commitment to tackling climate change and upholding human rights. In the wake of COP26, it’s so important for businesses to play their part and Marshalls is absolutely committed to real actions that will help create better spaces for everyone.”

The journey continues in 2022 when we’ll be outlining our roadmap to net zero and our progress.