SMCPlanet

Reducing our environmental impacts

The ambition of the SMCPlanet pillar is to reduce our environmental impacts.

 

 

Mesuring and reducing our carbon footprint

Every year, we measure the overall carbon footprint of the Group. In 2022, it is equivalent to 260,000 tCO2e.

Our products manufacturing, which accounts for 81% of our CO2 emissions, is logically our priority area of focus, resulting in ever greater use of materials and transformations processes with lower environmental impact (organic cotton, recycled materials, leather from LWG-certified tanneries, etc.)

We are also focusing our efforts on transporting our goods by reducing air freight, and on reducing our electricity consumption.

Moreover, the Group is committed to a better data collection for its carbon footprint, and greater transparency regarding this information. As a result, in 2022, SMCP obtains a B rating in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) questionnaire on the Climate side. SMCP is thus recognized for its transparency and performance on climate change by a world-class organization recognized as the international benchmark in climate and environmental data rating for companies. This year’s B ranking reflects the steady and significant improvement in our CDP rating since 2020.

 

 

Using more sustainable modes of transport and controlling our energy consumption

  • Reducing the air freight

Our points of sale are present in over 40 countries and transporting our collections to them requires the use of various modes of transportation. Sea freight is the most common one, followed by air and road. To reduce the Group’s carbon footprint, it is necessary to reduce the proportion of air freight. This has been reduced from 49% to 37% between 2021 and 2022, and various action plans are being implemented to continue this reduction trajectory over the coming years (creation of regional warehouses, review of production schedules, etc.).

 

  • Purchasing of certified renewable electricity

With operations all over the world, the Group’s emissions from electricity consumption depend on the means of production in each country where we have headquarters, warehouses, and points of sale. To reduce our CO2 emissions, we are taking action to reduce our electricity consumption and purchase electricity from renewable energy sources.

Our objective is to reach 80% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025 and 100% by 2030.

Rethinking our points of sale

 

Our stores are our showcase to the outside world and should embody our desire to reduce our environmental impacts.

 

By 2027, 100% of our openings and renovations will comply with the 7 main components that define a “green store”:

  1. Systematic LED lighting;
  2. The use of certified and/or reusable materials;
  3. The use of energy-efficient air-conditioning equipment;
  4. The respect by all our suppliers of the Supplier Code of Conduct;
  5. The installation of sensors in storerooms and clocks in the window to ensure that they are switched off in the evening;
  6. Sorting construction waste during works;
  7. Daily waste sorting in stores.

In 2022, 100% of our openings and renovations were compliant with the first five areas, and we are already working on integrating areas 6 and 7.

 

Lastly, three of our stores were LEED certified in 2022:

  • LEED Platinum for the Sandro Unisex Chengdu Taikooli store – the highest level of certification;
  • LEED Gold for the Claudie Pierlot Shanghai Grand Gateway store;
  • LEED Gold for the Maje Hangzhou Mixc store.

In total, 13 of our stores worldwide are now LEED-certified (vs. 9 in 2021).

This program certifies buildings that are greener and more sustainable in design, construction, operation, and performance, as well as location and environment.

Moreover, our warehouses in France are certified Biodivercity, and the offices of SMCP group, Maje and Claudie Pierlot in Paris are HQE certified.

 

 

Improving the environmental quality of our packaging

 

For packaging, the aim is to reduce the quantities used and favor recycled and recyclable materials. To this end, the following actions have been implemented:

  • Brand polybags are now recyclable and made mainly from recycled materials.
  • Shopping bags are made of certified paper from sustainably managed forests, and plastic-free to allow better recyclability.
  • Shipping cardboards for e-commerce are made from recycled materials.
  • Sandro and Maje offer to ship orders for second-hand products using Hipli reusable envelopes.

For hangers, we favor the use of recycled wooden hangers in stores. With regard to our transport and warehouse hangers, we are reducing the proportion of suspended pieces in our collections, and we are thinking about the materials used to make them easily recyclable.

 

 

 

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