The path forward for retail’s sustainable future

The path forward for retail’s sustainable future

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For today’s organisations corporate sustainability is no longer a choice, it is a must. Faced with the detrimental impact of climate change, pollution, the destruction of natural resources and a customer base increasingly conscious of their environmental impact, modern brands are seeking to drive sustainable practices in all their operations. Here we look at how retailers can prioritise sustainability and ensure they meet their environmental goals when completing commercial fit-outs.

Post By Louise Hickford -
Head of Design


A new study conducted by UK-based consumer research agency Impact recently found that sustainability is now one of the top five most important factors for consumers when selecting a shop . No wonder then, that retailers are scrambling to ensure they prioritise it across all facets of their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG).

Add in the updates to the UK government’s long-term target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, which have set out a new mid-term aim that seeks to cut emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels, and the need for sustainability is even greater.

As a leading expert in transforming commercial space, at Sigma we are increasingly aware that brands seeking to upgrade their commercial spaces, are doing so with an increasing emphasis on minimising any adverse environmental impact. Whether that’s throughout their operations, or by seeking to adopt greener materials and creating eco-friendly initiatives.

Shaping sustainable transformation projects

From conception, through design, procurement and installation to realisation, achieving a fit-out that meets both the company’s business and sustainability goals is a major undertaking.
Factors such as the need to control costs – 40% of businesses are concerned about the cost of adopting sustainable construction practices according to The World Green Building Trends 2018 Smart Market Report[1] – the requirement for a quick turnaround of projects, as well as dealing with project specific site constraints, can all add complexity to already multifaceted projects.

Sigma: a consolidated fit-out partner

At Sigma we provide value for our clients by offering a single fit-out and refurbishment partner that has the expertise and resources to help them achieve their goals and carry out the entire project from design to completion.

Working as an 'invisible contractor' from planning through to the management and implementation of the project, we reduce the complexity and burden associated with procuring and working with a number of different suppliers, improve project management, help ensure costs are kept within budget and that timelines are met.

Our expertise ensures sustainability improvements are built into the design, comply with standards and that their adoption is integrated seamlessly with other areas of the transformation.

This way, organisations can ensure that the desired sustainability improvements are achieved efficiently, timely and cost-effectively. At the same time, non-reusable fittings removed from buildings will be recycled where possible and, if not, safely and responsibly disposed of.

We're going green

To see how Sigma can help deliver your next project, with sustainability in mind, get in touch with our expert team today by calling +44 (0) 845 521 0258, or emailing

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