2nd June 2017

M&S designs a zero-waste future

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Plan A 2025 aims to build on the original Plan A programme, launched a decade ago, by helping 10 million people to live happier, healthier lives.

The retailer’s new commitments, include:

  • Making all M&S packaging ‘widely recyclable’;
  • Raising £25 million for charities tackling cancer, heart disease, mental health problems, loneliness and dementia;
  • Ensuring that at least half of food sales come from healthier products;
  • Staff completing one million hours of work-time community volunteering;
  • All key raw materials coming from sustainable sources.

A community pilot scheme will require M&S to work with local councils and charity partners to help 10 communities deliver positive, measurable change, the results of which will be rolled out to 100 locations.

Steve Rowe, chief executive of Marks & Spencer, said: “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.”

Jonathon Porritt, chairman of the Plan A Advisory Board, 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.”