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One Planet Companies

The One Planet Companies program provides a market-tested framework and a unique, positive communications opportunity for leaders steering their businesses into an unpredictable future.  At BioRegional North America, we believe that the firms that will succeed in the future are those that deliver more value with greater resource efficiency and authenticity in their communications.

One Planet Companies are companies, not-for-profits, and community groups which have formally adopted the One Planet Living framework to help them reduce their impact on the environment.

These exemplary companies have committed to taking measurable steps towards genuine sustainability.

The first company to become an endorsed One Planet Company is B&Q, the UK’s leading home improvement retailer. Read more about their commitment to sustainable business below.

What can you do?

If you just want to use the One Planet Living framework to improve your organisation’s approach to sustainability, why not use our free One Planet Action Plan toolkit to develop your own sustainability action plan?

Alternatively, you might want to become a fully-accredited One Planet Company. To do this you would need to develop an approved One Planet Action Plan with BioRegional, and adopt performance targets across each of the One Planet Living principles which will be audited each year. To find out more about the opportunities to become a One Planet Company, contact Jim Fielder, BioRegional’s Head of Sustainable Business.

You can find out more about the commitments and targets for One Planet Companies in our booklet below:

B&Q – a One Planet Company

B&Q's One Planet Home product range can help customers reduce their environmental impact

B&Q’s One Planet Home product range can help customers reduce their environmental impact

B&Q, the UK’s largest home improvement and garden retailer and part of the Kingfisher Group, is working with BioRegional to reduce the environmental impact of its activities, leading to a 90% cut in direct emissions by 2023. To meet this stretching target, all stores will need to be zero carbon and emissions from transport cut by at least 50%.

The company has already made impressive progress: Based on reporting in 2010, B&Q have made an absolute reduction of 20% in its CO2 emissions against the 2006 baseline and now sustainably sources 100% of its timber. Further achievements include an 80% store waste recycling rate and reusable transit packaging for long kitchen items which is predicted to save 400 tonnes cardboard per annum.

Using the One Planet Living principles, sustainability is embedded into the company’s governance structure. Sustainability is one of B&Q’s seven key business plans and progress is reported to the Board of Directors. Managers across the company have specific sustainability targets and actions relating to their day to day responsibilities, from lighting refurbishments through to food procurement and employee engagement.

B&Q is also helping its customers to reduce their environmental impact through their 5,500 strong One Planet Home product range and an ecological footprint calculator, developed with BioRegional. The One Planet Home products are assessed against the ten One Planet Living principles, while the calculator allows B&Q customers to see where their impacts arise and get a personalised eco-action plan.

Useful links

B&Q One Planet Home site

One Planet Vision for organisations