Move of the Week: Weston strikes balance between business and activism

Alannah Weston Selfridges chair

It feels particularly appropriate that Alannah Weston has become chair of one of the UK’s most well-known retail brands in a week when MPs have taken the radical step of declaring a climate emergency.

Weston, who succeeds her father W. Galen Weston as Selfridges chair, is one of the retail industry’s most prominent campaigners on environmental issues and has been influential in baking sustainability into the DNA of the Selfridges brand.

What started with Selfridges’ Project Ocean campaign in 2011, in which the retailer pledged to sell only non-endangered fish in its stores, has evolved into a fully rounded campaign that has seen Selfridges take a leading position on issues such as removing single-use plastics and carrier bags and stocking responsibly sourced products.

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