THE RETAIL BULLETIN - The home of retail news
HOME
RETAIL NEWS
RETAIL EVENTS
Fashion
Department Stores
Shopping Centres & Retail Parks
Home & DIY
Electricals
Health & Beauty
General Merchandise
Entertainment
Sports & Leisure
Retail Solutions
Food & Drink
Interviews
RETAIL INSIGHTS
RETAIL SOLUTIONS
ABOUT US
CONTACT US
SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE
Marks & Spencer is first major retailer to become carbon neutral

Marks & Spencer has confirmed that it is the first major retailer to become carbon neutral.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

Marks & Spencer is first major retailer to become carbon neutral

Marks & Spencer has confirmed that it is the first major retailer to become carbon neutral.

In its 2012 How We Do Business Report, which reports on the progress of the first five years of the retailer’s Plan A eco and ethical programme, M&S said  it had achieved 138 of the 180 commitments with a further 30 being 'on plan'. 

M&S said it now recycles 100% of its waste, with nothing going to landfill, and that 31% of its products now have a Plan A attribute such as free range, made at an eco factory or made from recycled material. There are plans to raise this target to 50% by 2015 and to 100% by 2020.

The retailer also said that it used 1.7 billion fewer bags in the five year period, 26% less packaging by weight, and has made its sourcing operations and products more sustainable. It highlighted the fact that over ½ million hours of training and education were completed in its supply chain, and that all of the wild fish now sold at M&S is from the most sustainable sources available.

Over five million customers have taken part in the retailer’s Plan A activities. This includes customers who have participated in beach cleaning events and the recently launched “shwopping” scheme, where customers donate an unwanted item of clothing when buying a new one, with the clothing being re-used, re-sold or recycled by Oxfam.

Marc Bolland, chief executive, Marks & Spencer said: "I am proud of what we’ve achieved. We now have a better, greener and more ethical Marks & Spencer. Moving forward we will continue to engage customers in sustainable consumption, as we have with our Shwopping initiative, the first cradle to cradle clothes retailing business model.

"We remain as committed to Plan A as we have ever been. It is an essential part of our DNA and fundamental to our plans to become an international, multi-channel retailer."

Email this article to a friend

You need to be logged in to use this feature.

Please log in here

Subscribe For Retail News

RETAIL EVENTS

Omnichannel Futures Conference 2019
Omnichannel Futures Conference 2019
6 February 2019
Cavendish Conference Centre, London WG1 9DT
A truly omnichannel offering requires an understanding of customer behaviour across all shopping channels and how this should impact your overall business strategy
Customer Engagement Conference 2019
Customer Engagement Conference 2019
5 June 2019
Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1
The 10th Annual Retail Customer Engagement Summit
The HR Summit 2019
The HR Summit 2019
Tuesday 8 October 2019
The Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1
The 11th HR Summit 2019, The Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1, 8 October 2019
AI in Retail Conference 2019
AI in Retail Conference 2019
16 October 2019
Cavendish Conference Center, 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT
Digitally native competitors and demanding customers are forcing a new perspective in retail. AI and machine learning can help you step up to the challenges; and some ‘small and beautiful’ solutions can increase your conversion rates within just a few weeks.
Payment Roundtable 2019
Payment Roundtable 2019
6 February 2019
The Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT
The Retail Bulletin Payment Roundtable will raise debate and discussion centred on but not exclusive to improving the in-store payment process