Efficient use of resources

The Strategic Environmental Sustainability Plan 2011-2015 allowed us to introduce and consolidate various workstreams at all stages of the value chain. Now we are implementing a new 2016-2020 Plan, which will emphasize environmental innovation and its local adaptation as its levers of transformation.

A Zara designer at the brand’s head office in Arteixo (A Coruña).

In 2015, we concluded a cycle of environmental work focused on fully integrating sustainability throughout the Group’s supply chain. Under the name Sustainable Inditex 2011-2015, the strategic plan came to a close with tangible positive results in sustainable manufacturing and in the efficient management of resources in the operations of corporate head offices, logistics centres and stores.

The new 2016-2020 plan has been established within the context of the guidelines of our Environmental Policy and continues the development of the roadmaps set out by our three main strategies, the Global Water Management Strategy, the Energy Strategy, and the Biodiversity Strategy and Forest Product Policy. In addition, its objectives and plans encompass the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 of the United Nations on issues related to the environment.

Efforts in the 2016-2020 period will principally be focused on achieving strategic objectives through regional environmental programmes adapted to the specific characteristics of each country.

Strategic environmental objectives 2020

  • Maintain our commitment to Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC Commitment) with our suppliers.
  • By 2020, reach the “Zero Waste to Landfill” objective, which concerns the generation of direct waste by our head offices, logistics centres, stores and Inditex factories.
  • All our stores to achieve compliance with the requirements of the eco-efficient store standard, including new openings and renovations.
  • Increase the manufacture of more sustainable products through the use of more sustainable fibres and employing the best available production techniques with the least environmental impact.
  • Reduce emissions resulting from the value chain and promote a low-carbon economy.