M & S named Responsible Retailer of the Year

Marks & Spencer (M&S) was last night named Responsible Retailer of the Year at the World Retail Awards.

The accolade, awarded for the companies that are ‘outstanding corporate citizens’ and ‘deliver world class standards of best practice in corporate responsibility’, comes soon after M&S was named Company of the Year at Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence.

M&S chief executive Marc Bolland, who collected the award, said: "It is our mission to engage millions of people in the journey to a world of more sustainable consumption through customer initiatives like Shwopping. Eco-friendly, multi-channel shops like our new Cheshire Oaks store are the future. Plan A is how we do business at M&S – it involves our customers, our employees, our suppliers and our supplier’s suppliers. We are fully committed to it"

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The judges recognised the scale of achievement of Plan A, M&S’ 180 commitment eco and ethical programme, in making the company’s operations carbon neutral, sending zero waste to landfill and its commitment to develop more sustainable products, help its customers live more sustainable lives and engage with its employees.

Marks & Spencer jointly won the award alongside its South African partner Woolworths.

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