15 January 2007 | Paul Snell
Changing the behaviour of its suppliers will form a key element of Marks & Spencer's new environmental plan, announced today.
The five-year, £200 million "Plan A" - named as such because "there is no 'plan B'" - contains 100 points aimed at making the retailer's operations more environmentally friendly.
Stuart Rose, chief executive of M&S, said: "We will help our suppliers and customers to change their behaviour. Because we are own-brand, our influence extends to over 2,000 factories, 10,000 farms and 250,000 workers."
The programme includes plans to increase the amount of sustainable sourcing, improve standards in ethical trading and for the business to become "carbon-neutral" and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
The store plans to double the amount of UK-produced food it buys over the next year. It also wants to improve local supply networks and reduce the amount of food imported by air travel. However, the retailer told Supplymanagement.com that it had not yet set any targets for this.
It also intends to work with a supplier to open a model "green factory", which will be built to reduce the environmental impact of carbon emissions, waste and production. The company said it had not yet selected a partner for this project.
M&S also pledged to build on its work of managing labour standards in the supply chain, increase training in ethical sourcing, and commit to only sourcing products such as wood and fish that adhere to sustainable standards.