I had never heard until recently, about the inspirational approach, efforts and achievements of Marks & Spencer’s Plan A.
I Love M&S. I love their clothes especially for kids, their food…yummy yum yum and they have the most amazing flowers, cards and of course Percy Pig! I don’t shop much at M&S anymore as I do not live near one, but when I did, I used to shop there all the time and loved it. M&S always struck me as a very organized company, run as efficiently as the top corporate companies, saving money but also saving on CO2 and all of the other environmental negative impacts to manufacturing and retail. My sister used to work for M&S while in college many years ago and even then they used to sell off the display by date products to the staff for half nothing.
So, What is Plan A?
M&S launched Plan A in January 2007, setting out 100 commitments to achieve in 5 years. We’ve now extended Plan A to 180 commitments to achieve by 2015, with the ultimate goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable major retailer.
Through Plan A we are working with our customers and our suppliers to combat climate change, reduce waste, use sustainable raw materials, trade ethically, and help our customers to lead healthier lifestyles. Explore our Plan A commitments for 2010 – 2015, and watch our Plan A film for 2012 here.
I love what M&S are doing so much so that I will be emailing them to tell them how amazing I think they are. They get it – that the only way to do business in today’s world is sustainably and environmentally responsibly. They also are leading the way for other retailers to shape up and follow suit because the next time I need supplies I will be going straight to my nearest Marks and Spencer!!