19th March 20182degrees, the world’s leading digital collaboration platform provider for sustainable business, is today announcing that House of Fraser, the UK and Ireland’s premium department store group is joining its Manufacture 2030 platform.

House of Fraser has joined the Manufacture 2030 platform, to help cement its place as a responsible retailer. Driving environmental improvements in its house brand supply chain across home and fashion, the retailer is focused on reducing its contribution to climate change by cutting energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions; and on preventing and reducing the consumption of resources, water and waste generation. This will be achieved by encouraging its suppliers to use the M2030 bee, a digital tool designed to help manufacturing brands more easily identify, investigate and implement resource efficiency gains across their operations.

With the majority of retail businesses’ carbon footprint being held in supply chains (it can be up to 80 per cent), the retailer has identified Manufacture 2030’s digital, collaborative platform as a key support to achieve scale whilst making resource efficiency easier to deliver.

Martin Chilcott, Founder & CEO, 2degrees commented on the new partnership:
There has never been a clearer business case for resource efficiency, as it drives cost and reputational benefits. The platform’s success in delivering this, along with solving both site and enterprise-level challenges is a reason why leading brands such as House of Fraser and The Co-op are partnering with us. We are delighted that a brand with the stature of House of Fraser has signed up, and we hope to work closely with them to help improve their sustainable output.

“Our partnership with 2degrees and The Manufacture 2030 platform aims to drive resource efficiency and embed good environmental practice across our supply chain.”

– Dr Dorothy Maxwell, Head of Sustainability at House of Fraser

The newest partnership follows hot on the heels of the UK’s sixth biggest retailer, The Co-op, extending its contract with Manufacture 2030 by a further two years. Following a very successful launch phase since March 2017, the extension demonstrates a clear commitment from Co-op to strengthen relationships with its suppliers, enabling them to make good quality products with the lowest possible environmental impact.

Martin Chilcott concluded:
“In a time when material waste is under the microscope, manufacturing brands need to be embedding a culture which centres on resource efficiency and reducing their environmental impact. Utilising advantages such as peer-to-peer support and the tools to engage a supply chain can only help, so we hope to see more brands realising how our platform can drive competitive and sustainable advantages. We want to halve the amount of resources used in global manufacturing by 2030. To help reach this ambition, learning best practice from others and engaging the whole supply chain is key to innovation and making meaningful change happen.”