The eco-efficient store concept is one of Inditex’s most visible and ambitious sustainability commitments. The store is the most prominent feature of the Inditex business model, serving as the place where customers are introduced to the style propositions offered by each of the brands. Eco-efficiency is now one of the primary considerations in all of Inditex’s store design. In 2020, all stores of the Group will be 100% eco-efficient. It already has more than 1300 eco-efficient stores worldwide.
The sustainability and energy efficiency measures built into the stores deliver an average saving of 30 per cent on electricity use, 50 per cent in water consumption and a notable reduction in greenhouse gas compared to regular store design models. Going beyond in-store environmental metrics, Inditex also gives importance to the stores’ contact with their surroundings. Inditex is the name behind leading fashion brands like Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear, Bershka.
Some of these certified stores are today situated in places like Rome, Rotterdam, Munich, Lisbon, Madrid, Mexico, San Francisco, Melbourne, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beijing. In terms of store design, Inditex also has given priority to recycled or re-used materials and locally sourced materials that can save energy in the course of extraction, manufacture and transportation.
Inditex is the world’s largest fashion retailer by sales. For all of 2016, Inditex reported a rise in sales at all of its eight brands. Zara alone was responsible for 66 per cent of total sales. Inditex saw net profit jump ten per cent last year. That momentum has continued this year with 13 per cent growth in store and online sales in constant currency terms.