“At its best, retail is more than just a way to fulfill our material needs. Retail is an opportunity to explore, dream and come together around shared ideas of what could be.”
Submitted by Qurate Retail Group
By: David Rawlinson II, President and CEO of Qurate Retail, Inc.
Today’s global challenges are many and immense. Now more than ever, it is imperative that business leaders harness the unique strengths and relationships of our organizations to help our communities develop creative solutions that meet the needs of all stakeholders. While there are many ways to address corporate responsibility, I would like to share how we have embraced this imperative at Qurate Retail Group.
Over the past four decades, Qurate Retail Group has become a video commerce (“vCommerce”) powerhouse – reaching hundreds of millions of homes and devices worldwide with joyful stories and interesting products, connecting millions of people to our brands and to each other, and building countless virtual communities.
As a team, we recognize that our global vCommerce platform can do more than just delight our customers and inspire them to shop with us; it can inspire a more sustainable way to retail – one that is intentionally inclusive, entrepreneurially-driven, responsibly curated and waste smart. We have a long tradition of doing business the right way.
In 2020, and again in 2021, we laid out new strategies and set measurable, time-bound goals for our corporate responsibility program, focused on three pillars where we believe we can have the greatest impact: Protecting Our Environment, Curating Product Responsibly, and Championing Empowerment and Belonging.
Our team has been working hard on our corporate responsibility strategies, achieving some goals early and making important progress on others. Here are a few highlights of our teams’ accomplishments in 2021:
As you can see in our second-annual Corporate Responsibility Report, responsibility is a long-term commitment, with as many facets as there are stakeholders to serve and needs to be met. As the CEO of a large organization, I have found it helpful to connect with other like-minded executives who are on the same journey. This is why I joined the Business Roundtable, and why I signed the “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation,” a commitment by more than 180 CEOs to lead their companies for the benefit of all stakeholders.
I look forward to continuing on this journey toward a more sustainable way to retail together, co-authoring a brighter future alongside our industry peers, our customers, our team members, our suppliers, and our communities.
To learn more about Qurate Retail Group’s Corporate Responsibility initiatives or to read the company’s 2021 CR Report, visit: www.qurateretailgroup.com/lp/corporate-responsibility.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Rawlinson II is the President and CEO of Qurate Retail, Inc. and serves on its board of directors. At Qurate Retail, David leads a select group of seven leading retail brands – QVC®, HSN®, Zulily®, Ballard Designs®, Frontgate®, Garnet Hill® and Grandin Road® – which together form Qurate Retail Group.
About Qurate Retail Group
Qurate Retail GroupSM comprises seven leading retail brands – QVC®, HSN®, Zulily®, Ballard Designs®, Frontgate®, Garnet Hill® and Grandin Road® – all dedicated to providing a more human way to shop. Qurate Retail Group is the largest player in video commerce (“vCommerce”), which includes video-driven shopping across linear TV, ecommerce sites, digital streaming and social platforms. The retailer reaches more than 200 million homes worldwide via 14 television networks and reaches millions more via multiple streaming services, social pages, mobile apps, websites, print catalogs and in-store destinations. Qurate Retail Group combines shopping and entertainment to curate products, experiences, conversations and communities for millions of highly discerning shoppers. Headquartered in West Chester, Pa., Qurate Retail Group has 26,400 team members in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Japan, Italy, Poland and China.
Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRTEA, QRTEB, QRTEP) includes the Qurate Retail Group portfolio of brands as well as other minority interests and green energy investments.
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