At Walpole, our aim is for the UK to become the leader in sustainable luxury. It is an ambitious vision and we will support our community of 270 member businesses by helping them share the benefit of their passion, knowledge and expertise with each other, and by galvanising and facilitating collective action. Working with McKinsey & Company throughout 2019, conducting extensive consultation with industry experts, we developed our Sustainability Manifesto and strategy. The British Luxury Sustainability Manifesto defines the issues that matter most to our sector and stakeholders – circular economy innovation, environmental stewardship, supply chain excellence and workplace equality – and our 12 aspirations are designed to establish a pathway for future sustainability success. Importantly, they help member businesses fulfil the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals, becoming part of the broader, global push for a fairer, more sustainable world.
In this Sustainability Session, we discuss the first of our Manifesto principles – leading the transition towards a circular economy – with three Walpole Brands of Tomorrow, past and present, who are already leading the way in the reuse, resale and rental markets; Sacha Newall, Founder of My Wardrobe HQ, Kresse Wesling, Founder of Elvis & Kresse; and Emily John, Co-Founder of The Restory. We will also be joined by McKinsey's Corinne Sawers.