GDSS Award 2022

This distinguished award was inaugurated in association with the Global Department Store Summit for the first time in 2016, with the purpose of recognising the commitment and diligence of department stores towards social and environmental sustainability. For this year, the submissions are open department stores across the world with the focus of the selection criteria on: originality and pertinence of the campaign, execution and resulting audience impact.

After closing the submissions last month, the jury has deliberated over a large number of exceptional entries to choose the best top 10:

Top 10 finalists
 ‘World’s Best Sustainability/CSR Campaign by a Department Store’ Award
(in alphabetical order)

Central Department Store, Thailand
Titled ‘Recreate, Relieve, Reconnect’, their aim is to uplift the local communities of Thailand.

Coin, Italy
‘The White Petal- Because Love Doesn’t Hurt’ was launched to support the victims of gender-based and domestic violence.

de Bijenkorf, Amsterdam
‘The Future is Green’- launched with the belief that a hundred percent sustainable brands is the most concrete way to make a change in the industry.

Far Eastern Department Stores, Taiwan
The ‘Sustain for a Good Life’ initiative aims to grow green consumption, social welfare, and smart retailing with consumers.

Holt Renfrew, Canada
‘Lin’s Lucky Red Envelope’ targets to promote celebration and acceptance of Asian communities, to combat hate crimes against the same.

Lotte Department Store, South Korea
Their ‘Rejoice’ campaign aims to uplift the mental health of women by supporting their dreams.

Nordstrom, USA
‘BEAUTYCYCLE’ aims to make it easier for the customers to recycle hard-to-recycle items.

Paris Department Store, Chile
An awareness and circular economy campaign called ‘Toys for Toys’, to bring unused toys back into the economic cycle for underprivileged children.

Selfridges, UK
‘Project Earth’ was launched make their brand fully sustainable by 2025, in line with transformational sustainability.

Woolworths, South Africa
‘Zero Hunger’ aims to combat world hunger in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The top three finalists will be selected shortly, once the Judges have thoughtful reviewed the top ten campaigns. It will be our great pleasure to announce the Winner and the two finalists at the GDSS Official Dinner & Award Ceremony in Seattle, on 9th June 2022.

Members of the Jury
. Tamim Brahimi El Mili: General Manager Retail of L’Oréal Luxe (France), Chair of Award Jury
. Matthew Kilgarriff: Head of Sustainability/CSR of Richemont (Switzerland)
. Terry Lundgren: Former CEO of Macy’s (USA)
. Hiroshi Ohnishi: Former CEO of Isetan-Mitsukoshi (Japan)
. Pia-Maria Schlumberger: Head of Sustainability at L’Oréal Luxe (France)
. Justin Smith: Head of WWF & former Head of Sustainability at Woolworths (South Africa)

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