Introduction: Shopping for a Better World

As a key link between producers and consumers, the retail sector is a major driver of production and consumption patterns. Retailers have a great influence on producers, suppliers and consumers and therefore can help contribute to the promotion of sustainability issues within various groups of stakeholders.

UNEP assists the retail sector in these endeavours by:

  1. providing relevant information and training to help the sector control its own environmental and social impacts
  2. highlighting key measures to green the supply chain and to favour the development of sustainable products/services
  3. prompting the sector to facilitate the purchase of eco-friendly products by its customers and to promote responsible behaviour through the development of facilities such as take-back systems, reusable bags, etc.