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M&S continues to push ethical Plan A programme

Marks & Spencer has met 62 of its original 100 commitments in its ethical Plan A programme since it launched three years ago.

Marks & Spencer said that 30 of its commitments are “on plan” to be achieved by 2012 although M&S admitted that seven are behind plan, including cutting back on CO2 emissions from business travel.

The company said it has ploughed £50m of profit back into the business from Plan A activities.

M&S successes include recycling 1.8m garments through the Oxfam Clothing Exchange, investing over £13.2m in community projects last year and cutting back packaging by 36% on general merchandise products. M&S has also seen a 19% increase in energy efficiency in stores.

M&S chairman Sir Stuart Rose said: “Plan A is making a real difference to the environment and for our customers, employees and people working in our supply chains. We’ve introduced products and services to help customers live more sustainably, increased our contribution to local communities and, this year, generated £50 million additional profit which has been invested back in the business.”

M&S extended its Plan A programme this year with 80 new commitments, which will see every one of the 2.7 billion products it sells every year having at least one sustainable element. It has set a target of converting half of its products to having one sustainable element by 2015 and its entire product range by 2020.

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