Marks & Spencer
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M&S publishes map of clothing and food supply chains

posted by Marino Donati
15 June 2016

Marks & Spencer has published an interactive map of its supply chain detailing its clothing and food suppliers.

The map allows stakeholders and customers to see where the retailer’s clothing and home products are made and where food products are produced. The M&S supply chain interactive map lists the factories in a particular location, what they make and how many people work there. In total it lists 690 clothing and home and 540 food suppliers.   

M&S published the map along with its 2016 Plan A report, which details progress in company’s green and ethical programme.

In 2015-16, all palm oil used in M&S products was Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certified, the report said.

The retailer removed plastic microbeads from wash-off personal care products. The beads are harmful to marine life and end up in oceans when passed into the water system.

The company also reduced energy use in its shops and warehouses by 39% and cut the amount of water used by 31%.

Charity donations of excess food helped cut waste by 9% per 1,000 sq ft of food selling space. This was achieved through improved systems leading to better sales estimation and the nationwide roll out of an unsold food redistribution scheme with social network Neighbourly.com.

The retailer also published the first M&S human rights report during the period. The report outlined its approach to respecting human rights in its own business operations and throughout its supply chain. Such reporting is a legal requirement under the UK Modern Slavery Act.

Mike Barry, director of sustainable business at M&S, said the company had reached difficult targets. “The successful Paris climate negotiations and the launch of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals have created a long-term direction of travel for the global economy, and companies need a bold vision and comprehensive plan to make sure they are aligned with these important agreements,” he said.

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