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M&S Says 63% Products Sustainable

Some 63 percent of Marks & Spencer products have a “Plan A attribute” — an eco or ethical quality above the market norm — according to the company’s Plan A update. In M&S’ Plan A 2020 sustainability goals, the company pledges to have 50 percent with a Plan A attribute … Read more »

BT, M&S Top FTSE 100 Carbon Ranking

BT, M&S Top FTSE 100 Carbon Ranking

BT and Marks & Spencer have scored joint first place in Carbon Clear’s 2014 ranking of the carbon reporting performance of FTSE 100 companies. Rounding out the top 10 are: Unilever, Tui Travel, Sainsbury’s, National Grid, BskyB, Kingfisher, Coca-Cola HBC, Aviva and Mondi, with the last two companies both ranking … Read more »

M&S Uses ISO 26000 for Supply Chain Management

Nine of Marks & Spencer’s biggest clothing suppliers in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will integrate social and environmental sustainability into their business strategy with the ISO 26000 Standard for Social Responsibility of Organizations. CSR Company, a corporate social responsibility consultancy, will support the retailer in implementing this sustainable supply … Read more »

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M&S to Announce ‘Green’ Lease Policy

Marks & Spencer will next week unveil a “green” property lease policy intended to better manage new buildings’ environmental performance, and retrospectively add green clauses to 70 existing leases, the retailer says. M&S says all new leases or retrofit agreements will facilitate sharing of data on gas, electricity, water usage … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: Newmont Mining, EBI, Barnes Group, McGuireWoods

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. WesTech: The process equipment manufacturer has appointed Les Uhlmeyer (pictured) as head of its new municipal water treatment business unit overseeing the Microfloc and General Filter product lines. Uhlmeyer has more than 30 years’ experience, spending more than two … Read more »

Gap, Calvin Klein, Levi’s Linked to Toxic ‘Textile Town,’ Greenpeace Says

Textile suppliers for Levi Strauss & Co, Zara and many other global clothing brands likely dump a wide range of hazardous chemicals into China’s wastewater systems, according to a Greenpeace study. In Toxic Threads: Putting Pollution on Parade, Greenpeace says its investigation, which focused on the discharge of effluent from … Read more »

M&S Sells a Billion ‘Eco or Ethical’ Items

Cotton sourced to Better Cotton Initiative standards is being used to make 900 Marks & Spencer products, as the company announced that 35 percent of its products now have an ecological or ethical attribute. Beginning in June 2013, all of M&S’s pure cotton and cotton-rich school uniforms will use BCI … Read more »

Unilever, Heathrow Execs Urge Decarbonization

Executives of Unilever, Heathrow Airport and other major companies have written to the UK prime minister to urge decarbonization of the power sector, as a survey of almost 3,500 firms reveals businesses are increasingly worried about energy security. The letter, which was organized by the Prince of Wales’s UK Corporate … Read more »

Microsoft, PepsiCo, M&S and Others Urge UK Power Sector Carbon Goal

Microsoft, PepsiCo UK and Ireland, Cisco, M&S and other members of the Aldersgate Group today called on the UK government to set a 2030 carbon target for the power sector. The UK sustainable business alliance, whose members also include WWF, Friends of the Earth, and other environmental groups, NGOs and … Read more »

Co-op Sustainability Report: GHG Goal Met Six Years Early; Carbon Neutrality Delayed

Co-op Sustainability Report: GHG Goal Met Six Years Early; Carbon Neutrality Delayed

The Co-operative Group, the owner of the UK’s fifth-largest supermarket chain, has met its target of a 35 percent cut in operational GHG emissions, versus 2006 levels, six years early. It now says it will aim for a 50 percent cut by 2020. The company exceeded the 2017 target, set … Read more »