Marks & Spencer has launched a new ethical programme that aims to support 1,000 communities, help 10 million people live healthier, happier lives and convert M&S into a zero-waste business.
The programme, named Plan A 2025, will see M&S work with local councils and charity partners to support communities to deliver positive, measurable change.
It will initially be piloted in ten communities over the next two years, when M&S will trial a range of actions designed to tackle the issues such as unemployment, skill shortages, loneliness, poverty, and mental health and well-being.
Successful initiatives will be rolled out to a further 100 locations by 2023 and knowledge will be shared with 1,000 locations by 2025.
Marks & Spencer CEO Steve Rowe said: “Marks & Spencer has been at the forefront of social change for 133 years and we’re determined to play a leading role in the years ahead by taking positive action to enable customers and communities to live happier, healthier lifestyles.
“Through our UK-wide store network we are seeing more and more evidence that communities need support from partners, like M&S, to positively deliver change,” he added.
“We’ve looked at what matters to communities, which are issues like access to work-place skills, social inclusion, support for mental health problems and believe we can play a key role and make a real difference to community life. We’re starting with ten so that we can learn, adapt and develop an agile approach that will allow us to support 1,000 communities by 2025.”