Accelerating our sustainability journey throughout the business is an integral part of our DOCS strategy. Our sustainability strategy is sponsored by our General Counsel and Company Secretary, Emily Reichwald, and is overseen by the Sustainability Committee, which is chaired by our CEO, Kenny Wilson. Its members include the COO, CPO, CHRO and other key functional heads. The Sustainability Committee reports directly to the Board, and two members of the committee are also Board members. The Sustainability Committee meets six times a year to provide regular updates and to help determine the focus and direction of the programme. Executive bonuses are also linked to the achievement of ESG performance targets, with stretch targets set for this element of the Global Management Incentive.
Dr. Martens has been a proud signatory of the British Retail Consortium’s initiative, Better Retail, Better World , since 2018. To tackle the biggest issues, industry collaboration is key. Better Retail, Better World is bringing the retail industry together to meet some of the biggest global challenges of the coming decades as highlighted by the UN, including climate change, modern slavery and decent work, sustainable economic growth, inequalities and responsible consumption and production. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at the heart of the initiative and provide a framework for clear and transparent goals for brands to work towards. Our sustainability targets are aligned with a number of the SDGs.