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M&S wins animal welfare award

Marks & Spencer has been awarded the RSPCA’s top accolade for its animal welfare practices for the third consecutive year.
M&S was named Large Fashion Retailer of the Year at the RSPCA Good Business Awards at the Natural History Museum in London last week. Ethical fashion brand Wildlife Works was named Fashion Retailer of the Year, while vegetarian and vegan shoe specialist Beyond Skin was given an award for innovation.

Also shortlisted in the fashion category, which was sponsored by Drapers, were young fashion brand Howies and recycled fashion label Emmeline 4 Re.

Designer Wayne Heming-way, who helped to judge the awards, said he was disappointed other retailers were not placing more importance on animal welfare. “It’s a shame many businesses are slow to respond to what is morally right and a shrewd business move,” he said.

The awards were set up three years ago to encourage firms to adopt animal welfare-friendly policies. They also recognise businesses in the cosmetics, food retail and restaurant sectors.

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