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House of Fraser Creates Sustainability Role

One of the U.K.’s oldest department-store chains has created a brand-new position.

House of Fraser announced Monday that it had appointed Dr. Dorothy Maxwell as its first-ever head of sustainability, with the remit to enhance the retailer’s corporate sustainability commitments and values and embed them in the strategy and operations of the business.

“Strong sustainability performance is essential for good business in the 21st century. I’m very excited to lead House of Fraser in shaping the future of sustainable retail,” Maxwell, who holds a PhD in environmental science and a Masters in environmental economics and law, said in a statement.

A veteran in the field of sustainability, Maxwell has spent the last 20 years working with the likes of Nike and John Smedley. In addition, she’s led multi-stakeholder coalitions, including the Sustainable Clothing Roadmap, to drive sustainable production, consumption and the transition to a great economy.

Commenting on Maxwell’s appointment, House of Fraser CEO Nigel Oddy said, “We understand that our success is directly linked to the approach we take to our customers, the communities we operate in, the environment, our employees and all of our partners and suppliers.”

“As we develop and position House of Fraser for the future, both in the U.K. and internationally, we recognize that we must be at the forefront of the retail industry in key areas such as our approach to the environment and wider sustainability,” Frank Slevin, executive chairman of House of Fraser, added.

The privately-held House of Fraser has more than 60 stores throughout the U.K., Ireland and Dubai and does more than 1.3 billion pounds ($1.8 billion) in sales annually.