M&S saves £135m through sustainability initiative

Marks & Spencer claims it has saved £135 million over the last year through its sustainability initiative launched six years ago. The retailer made 180 sustainability commitments as part of […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Marks & Spencer claims it has saved £135 million over the last year through its sustainability initiative launched six years ago.

The retailer made 180 sustainability commitments as part of its ‘Plan A’ programme – which includes being carbon neutral and sending no waste to landfill – out of which it has achieved 139.

Its new report suggests the retailer is moving closer towards its 2015 goals and has so far cut carbon emissions by 23%, waste by 28% and water usage by 27%.

Other targets include sourcing 25% of cotton from sustainable sources, helping a million customers develop personal sustainability goals online and reducing store refrigeration gas carbon emissions by 50%.

Marc Bolland, CEO of M&S said: “We can be very proud of what M&S has achieved through Plan A over the past six years. It has made our business more sustainable and more engaging for our customers and employees. But we must continue to adapt and step up to the challenge of the world’s climatic and demographic changes.”