In July 2020 Ethical Consumer searched the Marks and Spencer’s website for a copy of its environmental report and downloaded the company’s “2018 Plan A Report” and "Plan A Performance Update 2019".
The report discussed GHGs, energy efficiancy, renewable energy and fuel efficiency. It also discussed food waste, packaging, plastic and recycling. The report also went into detail about the impacts of specific ingredients and products such as cotton, palm oil, soy, animal products and paper. Also discussed was deforestation and soil health with a view to reducing agricultural inputs. The Performance Update contained performance data on these issues. Marks and Spencer’s was considered to have demonstrated a reasonable understanding of its main impacts.
The report also contained numerous targets and more than two of these were quantifiable environmental reduction targets with baselines. These included:
“By 2030, in line with climate science, we aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from M&S operations worldwide by 80% compared to 2006/07, en route to a 90% reduction by 2035.”
“By 2020, we aim to improve energy efficiency in M&S operated stores, offices and warehouses in the UK and ROI by 50% compared to 2006/07, rising to 60% by 2025.”
“By 2020, we plan to reduce food waste in our UK stores by 20% per sq ft against 2013/14. In addition, we will review opportunities to donate an increased amount of food to charities.”
The report was dated in the last two years. The report and the update were both independently verified by DNV GL Business Assurance Services UK Limited.
Overall Marks and Spencer received Ethical Consumer’s best rating for Environmental Reporting.
M&S Plan A Report 2018 (3 January 2019)