In June 2021, Ethical Consumer viewed the WHSmith website for the company's environmental policy or report. WHSmith had a webpage dedicated to its environmental responsibility. WHSmith appeared to understand its environmental impacts in both its operations and supply chain, particularly relating to waste from packaging, food waste and pressure on the world’s “forestry resources”. Ethical Consumer viewed WHSmith’s environmental policy which was dated July 2020 and WHSmith’s Sustainability Report 2020.
This report stated that the company would aim “To ensure no deforestation from sourcing of raw materials for our own-brand products or Goods not for Resale by the end of 2025“ and to “Remove plastic glitter from all own-brand products by the end of 2021”. WHSmith PLC also committed to “Purchase 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by the end of 2021 for our UK business and by the end of 2025 for our International businesses”. It was not clear if this was direct purchase of renewable energy or reliant on REGOs.
The report also detailed that “Corporate Citizenship has been engaged by WHSmith to provide independent limited assurance of the data within its Sustainability Report 2020”.
The company had a reasonable understanding of its main environmental impacts, and had an environmental policy dated within two years of review. Ethical Consumer considers a strong policy to include two future, quantified environmental targets and to have its environmental data independently verified. WHSmith met these criteria and therefore, WHSmith received Ethical Consumer's best rating for Environmental Reporting and was not marked down in this category.
WHSmith Annual Sustainability Report 2020 (19 July 2021)