M&S sets ambitious sustainability targets for supply chain

Marks & Spencer's new sustainability plan, launched yesterday, will "help 10 million people live happier, healthier lives and convert M&S into a zero-waste business", the retailer said.

Image: Lee Bristol (CC BY SA 2.0)
Image: Lee Bristol (CC BY SA 2.0)

Plan A 2025, which builds on the first 10 years of its Plan A sustainability drive, commits M&S to:

  • making its entire business model, supply chains and products zero-waste;
  • making all M&S packaging "widely recyclable" by 2022;
  • halving food waste by 2025;
  • ensuring at least half of food sales come from "healthier products" by 2022;
  • incentivising and rewarding customers "for making healthy choices" from 2019;
  • ensuring all "key raw materials" come from sustainable sources by 2025;
  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain by 13.3m tonnes by 2030.

Chief executive Steve Rowe said: "We believe we can engage all of our 32 million customers, 85,000 colleagues and 200,000 shareholders in the plan that becomes a mass voice for sustainable change."

Chair of the Plan A advisory board Jonathon Porritt added: "It's so important that M&S, one of the world's most trusted and well-loved companies, keeps raising the bar on what it means to be a sustainable retailer.

"On all the big challenges – supply chain, climate, food waste, living wage, human rights, packaging, community investment and so on – the pressure is intensifying and expectations rising. It's great to see M&S leading the way here."

M&S will report on Plan A 2025 progress every year in June and the commitments will be assured by independent auditors and M&S' own audit team.

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