M&S Publishes Its First Update on Plan A 2025 as Part of Its Business Transformation

Jun 7, 2018 8:00 AM ET
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M&S updates stakeholders on progress against its 100 new Plan A commitments launched last year. This year’s update comes as part of a wider business transformation programme.

The 2018 M&S Plan A Report is an annual update against Plan A sustainability targets. The most materially important sections are independently assured by DNV-GL and the report also provides GRI Sustainability Standards, Sustainable Develop Goal and Global Compact reference pages.  Greenhouse gas emissions are reported in compliance with the WRI Scope 2 guidance on dual reporting.

The 2018 Modern Slavery Statement is a statutory publication required by the UK Modern Slavery Act.

2017/18 highlights include:

  • The achievement of two new Plan A commitments and a further 48 making satisfactory progress.
  • Heathier food now accounting for 43% of total food sales.
  • £25.7 million donated and raised for charities including £7.4 million to support health causes.
  • Over 30,500 hours of paid volunteering were provided to a range of community projects.
  • 3,600 people worldwide benefitted from M&S work placements.
  • 83% of M&S products sold worldwide now have a social, environmental or ethical benefit designed-in.
  • 77% of cotton used now comes from more sustainable sources.
  • M&S greenhouse gas emissions down 33% on 2006/07 at 430,000 tonnes. 157,000 tonnes (-75%) after deductions for renewable energy and zero after carbon offsetting.
  • Food waste reduced by 9% compared to 2013/14 and over one million meals were provided to redistribution charities.
  • 63% of M&S Food is now sourced from suppliers meeting a Silver level sustainability standard.

Contact: PlanA@marks-and-spencer.com

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