Six years after the Rana Plaza scandal: is the Specialised Retail sector really managing better its sustainability risks?

New Vigeo Eiris report reveals a slight improvement on the sector’s approach to ensure the integration of social factors in the supply chain, product safety, and information to customers, yet these topics are still the most controversial in the sector. Moreover, the report sheds light on new challenges associated with some sector practices and changes in business models.

The report provides Vigeo Eiris’ exclusive opinion on 268 companies belonging to the Specialised Retail sector. The report includes the sector’s strengths, innovations, risks and best practice as well as controversies, vulnerabilities and emerging challenges such as sustainable sourcing, use and disposal of products at end of life and social and ethical challenges facing online retailers. It analyses performance scores and advanced indicators on critical risks factors such as energy transition, business ethics, due diligence on social and environmental risks in the supply chain, human capital and human rights, governance, executive remuneration, transparency on taxes, integrity of lobbying practices, the products & services impacts on sustainability and their contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.