What is the Plan A of M&S?
In June 2014 Marks & Spencer launched ‘Plan A 2020’, with a mission statement of “Environmental risks and social inequality are making the world more complicated and unpredictable. Customers are increasingly aware of their personal impact on the world and businesses must work hard to build and maintain their trust. Growing pressure on natural resources and poor global stewardship may increase our costs, restrict our access to key raw materials and make our global supply chains more volatile. Against this backdrop, we’re on a journey to make our business more sustainable. We believe a successful business must also be environmentally and socially sustainable.”
Plan A encourages the reduction of energy consumption by installing the latest forms of insulation in all of the organisation’s buildings, energy efficient lighting and temperature control. Not only does this aid in meeting requirements but ensures a financial advantage. Transport is the main contributor to energy consumption and emissions (at 14% of the globes greenhouse gas emitters) (the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2017), and in an attempt to tackle this M&S has invested in modern aerodynamic trucks and lorries to reduce fuel consumption coupled with a “large-scale trial of dual fuel (gas/diesel) in our transport fleet by 2012 and trial the use of hydrogen fuel cells for folk lift trucks by 2012.”