7 July 2011 | Adam
Marks &Spencer (M&S) has received an award for its collaborative efforts to increase sustainability
in its supply chain.
The retailer picked
up the Anglo American Responsible Supply Chain Award at this week’s Business in the Community Awards 2011,
and was named as an “example of excellence” for business.
The company was
rewarded for holding 20 separate supplier conferences during 2010, attended by
more than 2,900 suppliers. These events were established to increase
collaboration between the business and its suppliers, and boost efficiency and
Other initiatives carried
out by the company last year included quarterly meetings to share best practice
across the supply base, and free support from M&S teams to help vendors
this year’s judges and group head of supply chain at Anglo American, Andrew
Hinkly, said: “Marks & Spencer’s developmental approach sets a new standard
for ethics and sustainability in high street retail. By helping suppliers to
understand the business case for acting responsibly, and giving them the tools
and support to do so, it is helping to improve the lives of many thousands of
workers across its supply chains. We were particularly impressed by the
company’s willingness to collaborate and share its work with other brands.”
Highly commended in the same category was Panama hat manufacturer Pachacuti.
The company established a sustainable fair trade management system, to make
sure all suppliers meet performance criteria.
Business in the Community is a
business charity with more than 850 member companies, which supports work on
corporate responsibility. The first stage of the awards process is the Big
Tick, which recognises firms that have “demonstrated the positive impact of
responsible business”. The best of these are then examined by the judges to determine the
“examples of excellence”.