A new partnership between the National Association of Health Stores (NAHS) and environmental reporting specialist Greenleaf TDG has been announced.

The collaboration will see NAHS members offered a 10% discount for a Greenleaf sustainability audit and is part of a series of planned initiatives to help health stores set the gold standard for greener high streets.

In 2025 Environmental Reporting will become a mandatory requirement for all UK businesses; if health stores act early and become ‘legislation-ready’ the NAHS believes they can ‘lead the greening’ of local shopping areas.

NAHS co-chair, Len Glenville, comments: “Health food retailers are already plugged in to the sustainability debate and often have a head start over the rest of the high street in areas such as responsible and local sourcing, and through offering a deep range of greener food choices such as organic and plant-based.

“We recognize that there are significant obstacles for individual retailers who want to undertake an environmental impact assessment of their business and create an action plan for the future – for example, the time involved, the cost and simply not knowing where to start. So, we see clear advantages in being able to offer a ready-made system.”

The negotiated 10% discount will apply to NAHS members which carry out Greenleaf’s Green Audit of Sustainability, with a Greenleaf Certificate of Sustainability awarded upon completion. The NAHS expects the process to be ‘quick and simple’ for retailers, with Greenleaf taking care of ‘all the data crunching’, leaving stores to focus on positive message-sharing with their customers.

Andrew Woodward, managing director, Greenleaf TDG, comments: “The team and I at Greenleaf are hugely excited about our partnership with NAHS, with so many health stores leading the transformation to a more sustainable model of business and consumerism, it’s amazing to be able to support and facilitate those who are pioneering change. Our services were originally developed around SMEs and the day-to-day issues that they faced, ensuring that transitioning to a sustainable business model not only added value but was cost and time effective. We’re looking forward to getting more involved with the NAHS and supporting your businesses in making the most out of being sustainable.”

Participating NAHS members will receive:

  • A full sustainability audit
  • Industry-leading environmental reporting and expert advice
  • Final report and goal setting
  • A Green Certificate of Sustainability