Making Sustainable Homes a Reality
June 25, 2019 — Kingfisher, the home improvement company, today publishes its latest Sustainability Report to update on how it is delivering against its commitment to help customers have sustainable good homes.
The business aims to make sustainability easy for customers through great quality products that are good for their wallet and the planet. This has been supported by the launch of the new GoodHome brand last month. Kingfisher’s GoodHome ranges, available in all the markets it serves, provide a simpler way of helping home improvers, their helpers and professionals, and all have sustainability built in from the start.
For example, all GoodHome bathroom taps are low-flow to save water, all branded paint is water-based to improve air quality in customer homes and all lighting is energy-efficient LED. The products are designed using high quality materials that save on packaging.
Highlights from this year’s Sustainability Report include:
Save money by saving energy and water
- 32% improvement in home energy efficiency enabled by Kingfisher products
- Water saving basin taps now make up 57% of sales, more than double the previous year
- Ambitious new carbon reduction target approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. Kingfisher is one of only 15 retailers worldwide to have done this and has already achieved a 15% reduction in absolute emissions since 2016/17
Live smarter by getting more from less, re-using or using longer
- Five circular value chains launched - innovative products that help Kingfisher customers get more from less, reuse and use longer. Kingfisher’s target is 20 by 2025.
Create a healthier home and connect with nature
- 9% of group sales are from products that help people have a healthy home or connect with nature, including innovative garden products with recycled and organic ingredients. Kingfisher’s target is 20% of sales by 2025.
Be part of a community that helps millions more people improve their home
- 60,000 people in the past year benefited from community partnerships to tackle poor and unfit housing, including through work with Shelter and the Abbé Pierre Foundation
Véronique Laury, Chief Executive Officer, Kingfisher
“Our aim is to make sustainability easy for our customers and embed it throughout our business. We are doing that by integrating sustainability into the design of all of our new GoodHome ranges and, as our report shows, we are starting to see the results of this work.”
Dr Sally Uren OBE, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future
“The adoption of Science-Based Targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction is very welcome. I’m also pleased to see progress on the delivery of products and services that help Kingfisher customers get more from less and an increase in sales of products that help customers create a healthier home and connect with nature.”
Kingfisher plc is an international home improvement company with over 1,300 stores in 10 countries across Europe, Russia and Turkey, supported by a team of 77,000 colleagues. We operate under four retail brands - B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt and Screwfix. We offer DIY and home improvement products and services to nearly six million customers who shop in our stores and through our digital channels every week. Our customers are everyone wanting to improve their home, as well as the experts and trade professionals who help them. We believe everyone should have a home they feel good about, so our purpose is to make home improvement accessible for everyone. www.kingfisher.com
GoodHome is our new home improvement brand and will provide a new, simpler way of doing things for home improvers, their helpers and the pros. It will offer unique products and solutions that are design-led, high quality and well-priced, and help to make home improvement accessible for everyone.