Tag Archives: Marks & Spencer

M&S: the big sustainability push

With single-use packaging in politicians’ sights, the retailer’s circular economy lead talks to Footprint about plans to cut waste to zero. By David Burrows. It’s 14 months since Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall launched his offensive against the coffee shop chains and single-use coffee cups. Starbucks, Costa and Nero bore the brunt of the celebrity chef’s ire, but…
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Spectre of food fraud haunts the industry

A YEAR on from his review of the horse-meat scandal, Prof Chris Elliott is impressed with retailers’ reaction but warns that criminals may just have moved on to more vulnerable sectors. Marks & Spencer recently became the latest supermarket to move to a system of unannounced food audits. The objective is to “create resilient supply chains…
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M&S’s new food redistribution scheme

MARKS & SPENCER has launched a nationwide surplus food redistribution scheme that will connect all its stores with local food charities and help the retailer meet its Plan A target of reducing food waste by 20% by 2020. Pressure has been mounting on supermarkets to tackle food waste throughout their supply chains. Shadow environment secretary…
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M&S strengthens commitment to 100% renewables

MARKS & SPENCER joins Unilever and 18 other firms to join the RE100 initiative, announcing that it will source 100% of its power from renewable sources.                     The food, clothing and homeware giant has used renewable power sources for its UK operations since 2012, including using…
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Global benchmark on animal welfare rankings disappointingly low

MARKS & Spencer, Waitrose and Coop Group (Switzerland) have been given top marks in a global annual farm animal welfare Business Benchmark report, with Burger King, Mars and Müller among 21 companies languishing at the bottom of the league table.                         Now in its…
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New codes published for sustainable seafood sourcing

THE SUSTAINABLE Seafood Coalition (SSC) – a coalition of major seafood suppliers, brands, supermarkets and restaurants – has launched a new scheme to make the labelling and sourcing of sustainable fish clearer for shoppers.                           The SSC has published two new voluntary codes…
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M&S strikes landmark deal to buy biomethane gas certificates

MARKS & SPENCER has agreed a landmark deal with Future Biogas for the purchase of 35,000 Mega-Watt hours of biomethane certificates, a move which will reduce its carbon footprint by over 6,400 tonnes and source the equivalent amount of energy to heat 15 M&S Simply Food stores all year round. Biomethane gas is 50 per cent…
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Soy sourcing scandal

IT'S CALLED 'the Brazilian miracle' but rocketing demand in turning soy into an environmental disaster while foodservice firms stand by and do nothing. David Burrows reports.                 Foodservice companies have come under fire for their lazy buying practices when it comes to soy. Elior, Sodexo, Compass and Nando’s have…
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Plan A report lanches new 2020 eco and ethical plan for M&S

MARKS & SPENCER today publishes its 2014 Plan A Report which launches a new, agile and stronger sustainable business plan which extends Plan A across M&S’ international business over the next six years.                     Called Plan A 2020, the 100 commitment plan retains and strengthens M&S’…
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