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Biodiversity

We are committed to protecting and developing the planet through the responsible management of natural resources.

Biodiversity helps to protect the cleanliness of our air and water, stabilise our climate, nurture the fertility of ours soils, and enable nature to recover quickly from epidemics and disasters.

Biodiversity is under intense pressure. We all have a responsibility to halt the destruction of natural habitats and end the overexploitation of the world´s resources.

Our strategy

At Inditex, we recognise the importance of biodiversity and are committed to protecting and developing biodiversity through the responsible and sustainable management of natural resources.

Our supply chain and raw materials rely on biodiversity – it provides soil nutrients to grow cotton, water for crops and the production of materials, land to rear sheep for wool, timber for fibre and furniture, and much more. 

We have developed our Biodiversity Strategy, based on the principles of the UN Convention of Biological Diversity, to protect biodiversity at all levels of our operations and to guide us day-to-day towards the most environmentally and ethically responsible business decisions.

Biodiversity StrategyPDF, 210Kb

Our biodiversity work is closely intertwined with our actions to reduce energy consumption and improve water quality. For example, our commitment to the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in our supply chain helps to protect the biodiversity of rivers and marine ecosystems; and decreasing energy use and carbon emissions reduce global warming and its effects on biodiversity.

Responsible management 

We pay special attention to the raw materials we choose in the making of our products, as these decisions can have a direct impact on biodiversity. We are minimising our impact by:

  • increasing the use of sustainable alternatives, such as TENCEL™ Lyocell and recycled fibres.
  • using only sustainable certified (PEFC or FSC) sources for our wooden furniture and paper products, such as bags, labels and office paper
  • Since the end of 2017, wood-based fibres used in our products do not come from primary or ecologically important forests