Two of Britain’s best known brands, M&S and BT, have published reports on their social and environmental progress over the past year.

In its 2006 CSR report Marks & Spencer highlights its openness by publishing details of where its products come from and how they are produced, discusses how selling almost entirely ‘home brand’ goods gives it a greater control and awareness of it supply chains and points to some of the achievements it has made this year, such as becoming the first major UK retailer to sell clothing made from Fairtrade cotton.

BT’s report, Changing World: Sustained Values looks at the possibility of going carbon neutral (the company has already cut its CO2 emissions by 60% over the last ten years), flags up the significant financial support it offers community projects and details its progress on other environmental benchmarks, such as waste reduction.

Sam Bond

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