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M&S invites customers to invest in community solar project

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a unique collaborative initiative designed to generate renewable electricity from solar panels installed on the retailer's stores.

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The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 04 - Plan A progress and carbon-neutral beer

What keeps M&S's director of sustainable business Mike Barry awake at night? Which onsite sustainability solutions are best for achieving carbon neutrality? And how should UK businesses be building on the successes of the Paris climate talks?

The 48-page M&S Plan A report reveals a further 22 commitments were achieved in 2015/16 and good progress was made in engaging its 32 million customers on sustainability. Photo: M&S

'The world never stands still': M&S continues green business evolution with Plan A update

Nearly three-quarters of products now have an 'eco' or ethical quality; retail food waste has significantly declined, and energy and water efficiency have greatly improved, capping off another hugely successful year of progress for Marks & Spencer's (M&S) Plan A sustainability programme.

Through Plan A, M&S has phased out hard-to-recycle PVC and polystyrene from its products and packaging, and ships 98% of its products from in reusable packaging crates

'Ahead of the curve': Why M&S wants to collaborate to innovate on sustainable packaging

EXCLUSIVE: Marks & Spencer (M&S) wants to be 'ahead of the curve' when it comes to applying circular economy principles to plastic packaging and therefore developing more sustainable, collaborative supply chains within the retail industry.

Applications for the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund are now open and will close on 31 May

M&S Energy re-launches £350,000 community energy fund

Marks and Spencer (M&S) Energy has launched the second edition of its Community Energy Fund to offer local energy projects across the UK up to £350,000 in funding.

The retailer's ‘LED dream’ is underpinned through the ongoing M&S Plan A sustainability strategy

M&S eyes 100% LED-lit estate by 2025

Marks & Spencer (M&S) wants to build on "the most comprehensive, wide-ranging sustainability plan in retail" by fitting out its entire UK estate with LED lighting by 2025.

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M&S completes UK's largest rooftop solar project, more on horizon

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has completed the installation of the UK's largest single-roof-mounted solar panel array at its East Midlands distribution centre.

Jonathon Porritt (centre-right) addressed M&S stakeholders at a Plan A update in London last week

Jonathon Porritt: Investors still not convinced by sustainability reporting

Convincing investors about the value of corporate sustainability programmes remains an 'agonisingly slow process' for businesses, but there are signs that things are about to change.

M&S chief executive Mark Bolland said the company needs to work with other corporations to 'get people moving'

M&S puts green customer engagement in the spotlight

Customer engagement has been singled out by Marks & Spencer (M&S) as one of the biggest challenges facing the global delivery of the retailer's Plan A 2020 sustainability programme.

M&S to survey supply chain staff on working conditions

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is set to forge greater transparency within its clothing supply chain by communicating directly with thousands of workers on the ground via mobile technology.

High profile swap: Richard Gillies will leave M&S for Kingfisher at the end of this month

Kingfisher poaches M&S Plan A chief to lead on Net Positive

Marks & Spencer's director of Plan A Richard Gillies is to leave the company after nearly 30 years to join Kingfisher as group sustainability director.

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ANALYSIS: Acclimatising to the Al Gore factor

His speech won a standing ovation, yet you couldn't call it particularly insightful or revealing. It was more a heady mix of comedy and metaphor. So what was it about Al Gore that left so many corporate sustainability professionals feeling a sense of awe and privilege?

Al Gore applauds the work of Plan A in igniting corporate sustainability

Al Gore hails Marks & Spencer's Plan A as a global inspiration

Former US vice president Al Gore has paid tribute to the achievements made by Marks & Spencer under its Plan A programme, as the retailer announces the next stage of its sustainability journey will work towards cradle-to-cradle ambition.

Brands signal firm intent to 'sex up' sustainability

Brand leaders have signed up to a new initiative which aims to mainstream sustainability by making it sexy and aspirational to consumers.

M&S invests in water security for smallholder suppliers

Marks & Spencer is helping smallholders within its supply chain become more water resilient as climate pressures take hold.

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H&M rolls out global 'Shwopping' scheme for textile recycling

H&M is set to become the first fashion retailer to roll out in-store clothing takeback worldwide, following the success of Marks & Spencer's Shwopping initiative.

M&S Plan A chief warns 'embrace circular economy or die'

Large businesses have no realistic alternative but to embrace a circular economy if they want to remain operational in the future.

M&S strikes 'closed loop' deal with Shanks for food waste

Marks & Spencer is set to close the loop on its food waste recovery activities by tapping into the energy outputs to power its own business operations.

M&S promises to halt toxic chemical release from supply chain

Marks & Spencer has pledged to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chain and products by 2020, following pressure from campaign group Greenpeace.

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