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France Ethical Retailing Market Report 2023
2023-08-25T04:06:22+01:00
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"Businesses have a lot to think about when it comes to the broad concept of ethical retailing, with issues ranging from sustainability and efforts to counter climate change to social…

France Ethical Retailing Market Report 2023

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Description

“Businesses have a lot to think about when it comes to the broad concept of ethical retailing, with issues ranging from sustainability and efforts to counter climate change to social aspects such as equality and diversity. The current cost-of-living crisis has moved these issues down the priority list for many consumers, but increasing legislation and regulation are compelling companies to act. As and when the economic squeeze relents, and the effects of climate change continue to increase, consumers’ consideration of ethical and sustainability issues is going to rise.

The internet, social media and even the metaverse give retailers no place to hide and consumers will be increasingly prepared to call out and act against companies that flout the rules. Retailers should be looking for ways to go above and beyond the minimum requirements, providing consumers with transparent and measurable insights into how they are working towards and achieving their CSR and ESG targets.”

– Natalie Macmillan, Senior European Retail Analyst

Key issues covered in this Report:

  • How the rising cost of living affects consumers’ ethical consumption and shopping
  • Consumer perceptions of what makes an ethical brand/company
  • Ethical shopping behaviours over the last 12 months
  • Motivators for ethical shopping practices
  • Opportunities for retailers to promote ecologically and socially responsible products and services.

Table of Contents

  1. Overview

    • Key issues covered in this Report
    • Products covered in this Report
    • Consumer research
    • Market context
  2. Executive summary

    • The five-year outlook for ethical retailing in France
      • Figure 1: France: Outlook for ethical retailing, 2023-28
    • Market drivers
    • Price and value has shifted priorities away from ethical shopping
    • People believe they can make a difference
      • Figure 2: France: Key factors driving consumer behaviour around Surroundings, 2023
    • France leads the way with legislation
    • And also tries to make it easy for consumers to make ethical choices
    • Launch activity and innovation
    • Carrefour launches recycling kiosks in its car parks with TerraCycle
    • FnacDarty expands repairs capacity
    • Decathlon and Groupe Eram accelerate circularity in footwear
    • Gémo develops its clothing rental offer
    • DIY retailer ManoMano launches “Carbon Score”
    • IKEA France delivering furniture by boat in Paris
    • The consumer
    • What is an ethical retailer?
      • Figure 3: France: How consumers define ethical brands/retailers, 2023
    • Ethical shopping behaviours
      • Figure 4: France: Ethical shopping behaviours, 2023
    • Motivations for shopping ethically
      • Figure 5: France: Encouraging Factors for Shopping Ethically, 2023
  3. Issues and insights

    • What the cost-of-living crisis means for ethical retailing in France
    • Combine affordability with ethical-claims
    • Emphasise other forms of value
    • Transparency for all to see
  4. Market drivers

    • Squeezed budgets hold back spending on ethical products
    • Increasing frequency of extreme weather events is heightening awareness
    • But people believe they can make a difference
      • Figure 6: France: Key factors driving consumer behaviour around Surroundings, 2023
    • Cost deters organic shopping
      • Figure 7: France: Factors that would encourage buying of organic food and drink, 2023
    • Growing focus on reducing meat consumption to help the planet
    • GNPD Data – Brands responding to consumers’ sustainability demands
      • Figure 8: France: ethical & environmental claims as % of all new product launches, 2018-22
    • Environmentally friendly packaging is top ethical claim
      • Figure 9: France: Leading claims on new product launches with claims matching “Ethical & Environmental” 2023
    • Made in France – a need for clarity
      • Figure 10: France: Reasons for buying domestically-made food and drink products, 2021
    • Making it easy to recycle
  5. Regulatory and legislative changes

    • France has introduced many world-first legislative measures
    • Loi EGalim
    • AGEC – the Anti-Waste Law
    • Repairability Index (indice-reparabilité)
    • The Repair Bonus (bonus-reparation)
    • The Loi Garot
    • MaPrimeRénov – financial aid for environmentally friendly home improvements
    • The 2023 anti-food waste certificate
      • Figure 11: France: Anti-waste certificate, one, two and three stars
    • Legislating for seasonality
    • Anti-greenwashing law came into force in January 2023
  6. Launch activity and innovation

    • Recycling and the circular economy
    • Carrefour launches recycling kiosks in its car parks with TerraCycle
      • Figure 12: Carrefour Recycling kiosk in collaboration with TerraCycle
    • Boulanger buys back used electricals
    • FnacDarty expands repairs capacity
    • Nature & Découvertes collects and redistributes used products
    • Decathlon and Groupe Eram accelerate circularity in footwear
    • Gémo develops its clothing rental offer
    • Product sustainability
    • DIY retailer ManoMano launches “Carbon Score”
    • For Digital Cleanup Day, Boulanger raises awareness about the sustainability of digital products
    • Avoiding waste
    • Carrefour grows commitment to tackling food waste
    • Paper promotional leaflets are disappearing
    • Auchan trials packaging-free shop-in-shop
    • Promoting clean energy
    • Carrefour Énergies now has 100 electric vehicle charging stations in France
    • IKEA France is now delivering furniture by boat in Paris
    • Helping consumers through the cost-of-living crisis
    • E.Leclerc freezes prices on 1,000 Eco+ products
    • Cashback to fight inflation at Les Comptoirs de la Bio
    • Steps to improve diversity
    • For World Autism Awareness Day Carrefour steps up its support
    • Boulanger trains its employees in sign language
    • Localism trend favours “Made in France”
    • Système U promotes 100% French fashion
      • Figure 13: Système U, Made in France clothing range
    • 100% French 3D knitwear at Gémo
  7. Defining ethical brands and retailers

    • Retailers must embrace sustainability to be considered “ethical”
    • Treat workers fairly
    • Women define ethical as cruelty-free
    • Inclusivity concerns young people most
      • Figure 14: France: How consumers define ethical brands/retailers, 2023
      • Figure 15: France: How consumers define ethical brands/retailers, by age groups, 2023
  8. Ethical shopping behaviours

      • Figure 16: France: Ethical shopping behaviours, 2023
    • Two thirds have bought locally produced
    • The circular economy is growing
    • Potential in reusable food containers
    • Repairs can draw people into stores
    • Niche potential for renting or hiring
      • Figure 17: France: Ethical shopping behaviours, 2023
  9. Motivations for shopping ethically

    • Cost is the main barrier to buying ethical products
    • But value is more than price
    • Clarity needed to avoid greenwashing
      • Figure 18: France: Encouraging Factors for Shopping Ethically, 2023
  10. Appendix – Data Sources, abbreviations and supporting information

    • Consumer research methodology
    • Abbreviations
    • Data sources

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