M&S makes home recycling commitment
Marks & Spencer has made a major recycling commitment over is home and clothing ranges as it introduces a new Plan A.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the introduction of its Plan A environmental and ethical policy, it has introduced Plan A 20125.
As part of the new plan, a quarter of all M&S home and clothing products will be made using 25% recycled material, while all key raw materials it uses will come from sustainable sources, including all cotton by 2019.
The three-pillar plan is designed to tackle what it says are the big issues facing retailers, consumer businesses and society today. It spans customer and colleague wellbeing, transforming lives and communities and caring for the planet.
Plan A has helped make substantial improvements to M&S’ environmental footprint. Plan A 2025 will do even more with M&S aiming to make its entire business model zero waste – not just its own operations but also its supply chains and products. M&S has also set its first approved science-based target. New commitments include:
All M&S packaging to be ‘widely recyclable’ by 2022;
Halving food waste by 2025;
By 2025 all key raw materials M&S uses will come from sustainable sources, including all cotton by 2019;
By 2025 at least a quarter of all M&S home and clothing products will be made using 25% recycled material;
M&S will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% in its own operations by 2030 (compared to 2007 levels) and, during the same period, cut emissions in its supply chain by 13.3million tonnes.
Plan A 2025 aims to help play a transformative role in communities by enabling local economies to thrive, helping to build socially connected communities and improving local environments. New commitments include:
By 2020, in 10 locations M&S will complete programmes that aim to secure meaningful economic, social and environmental benefits in the communities around M&S stores and beyond. M&S will build on insights and roll out programmes in 100 further locations in the UK and internationally by 2023, then share learnings with 1,000 locations by 2025;
Making space available for community use in 50% of Clothing, Home and Food stores by 2025;
Between 2017 and 2025, supporting M&S colleagues worldwide to provide one million hours of worktime community volunteering;
M&S will enter into a new collaboration with Oxfam over three years focusing on the UK and India to develop a deeper understanding of the connection between sourcing practices and human rights impacts. Oxfam will report the findings independently, whilst M&S will develop a programme of actions and report annually on progress from 2018;
Over the next seven years the M&S Global Community Programme will help a million people in M&S’ supply chain communities to help build livelihoods and protect the environment.
Plan A 2025 is designed to help inspire customers to be the best they can be and play a role in helping society tackle the wellbeing challenge. New commitments include:
At least half of global food sales coming from healthier products by 2022;
Helping to raise £25 million for charities tackling cancer, heart disease, mental health problems, loneliness and dementia by 2025;
By 2025, 20% of all M&S clothing will have a Plan A health or wellbeing attribute;
By 2019 M&S will incentivise and reward customers for making healthy choices;
By the end of 2018 all single portion snacks, confectionery and ice cream will be less than 250 calories.
‘Marks & Spencer has been at the forefront of social change for 133 years and we’re determined to play a leading role in the years ahead. Plan A 2025 will help us build a sustainable future by helping our customers live healthier lives, supporting the communities they live in and we source from and looking after the planet we all share. 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,’ said Steve Rowe, Marks & Spencer chief executive.