'Plan A' Report Confirms M&S as First Carbon Neutral Major Retailer
TE Member, Marks & Spencer, has become the first major UK retailer to go fully 'carbon neutral' five years after launching its sustainability project, 'Plan A.' Since the launch of Plan A, M&S has reduced waste by 31 percent or 80,000 tons and 100 percent of waste is now recycled. Nothing ends up in the landfill.
The "2012 How We Do Business Report" confirms multiple achievements that M&S has accomplished.
Mark Bolland, the Chief Executive, 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.”
M&S launched Plan A in January 2007, setting out 100 commitments to achieve in 5 years. They have now extended Plan A to 180 commitments to achieve by 2015, with the ultimate goal of becoming the world's most sustainable major retailer. Through Plan A, they are working with their customers and suppliers to combat climate change, reduce waste, use sustainable raw materials, trade ethically, and help their customers to lead healthier lifestyles. For more details on Plan A, visit http://plana.marksandspencer.com/about.