introducing plan a
In January 2007 we introduced a new eco and ethical plan called Plan A (because there is no Plan B for the one planet we have) to tackle 21st century challenges, with 100 environmental and social commitments to achieve by 2012. Most of them have been met and have a large number of awards to show for it. But that’s not enough, so in 2014 we’ve created Plan A 2020 which consists of 100 new, revised and existing commitments. The ultimate goal is becoming the world's most sustainable major retailer, by working with suppliers and employees to inspire customers, be in touch with communities we depend on to succeed, innovate and act with integrity.
We listen actively and act thoughtfully.
We work closely with our suppliers to address human rights issues and this year launched our Global Community Plan, addressing a wide range of environmental and social needs in the communities where we source our products. It’s working already: the Emerging Leaders programme provided leadership skills training for more than 2,000 people in our supply chains in Kenya and South Africa, Project Hope trained around 16,000 people on health and wellbeing in Cambodia, and the Geosansar programme, helped more than 9,000 workers with financial literacy in India.
We lead a Movement to Work to tackle the growing challenge of youth unemployment in the UK, but also we are exploring options internationally. During 2013/14 we offered work experience and training to over 1,450 young unemployed people in the UK. Over 1,000 of these participants went on to find work within three months of their placement.
We always strive to do the right thing.
We produce our products with integrity – our aims are to use the most sustainable raw materials available and to work with factories operating to the highest environmental and social standards.
- • No M&S food is made with Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG), hydrogenated fats, artificial colour or flavouring or genetically modified ingredients.
- • All M&S tea and coffee is certified by the Fairtrade Foundation.
- • All M&S wild fish comes from the most sustainable sources available. This means that sustainable practices are in placed or that the fishery is working with the WWF as part of an improvement programme.
- • All the palm oil used in M&S products is covered by certification from the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil.
- • 20% of the cotton we use comes from the Better cotton initiative, Fairtrade or organic sources.
- • 96% of the wood we use is FSC certified and other sustainable sources.
We constantly aim to improve everything we do.
So far we have achieved:
- • Zero Net worldwide carbon emission from M&S and joint-venture operations
- • Zero UK and Republic of Ireland operational and construction waste to landfill
- • 34% UK and Republic of Ireland improvement in energy efficiency against 2006/07 (after weather adjustment)
- • 68% UK and Republic of Ireland reduction in refrigeration and air-conditioning emissions against 2006/07
- • Around 65% of M&S food is distributed to stores in re-usable plastic delivery trays that are recycled back into new trays at the end of their useful life. M&S was one of the first retailers in the world to introduce this system in the 1970s.
M&S stands up against bullying
M&S is supporting the ISPCC’s Annual Shield Campaign by selling blue shield pins in all its stores nationwide until 30th April. Proceeds from the sale of the pins , which cost €2, will be used to fund the ISPCC’s anti-bullying work within communities. Stand up against bullying by visiting your nearest M&S store and purchasing a blue shield pin.
Marks & Spencer wins CSR award
Marks & Spencer Ireland won the "Overall Achievement in CSR" award at the 2014 Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards. The awards were established in 2004 to recognise the work being carried out by Irish and multinational companies to improve the lives of their employees and to enhance the civic environment in which they operate. By aligning social and environmental outcomes with its business goals, M&S believes it can deliver greater value for all and achieve its goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable major retailer.