M&S launched their Plan A scheme in 2006. CEO, Stuart Rose heads the team and they have a very impressive list of actions and initiatives covering issues across the board from transport, packaging and re-usable hangers to food waste, refrigeration and laundry labels in their clothes. I’ve been to the progress reports for Plan since it started and in January 2008 I wrote an article about it for the Telegraph.
2009 I asked Stuart Rose whether he thought M&S could improve on its communications to shareholders about Plan A (I think they could!) I’ve come across a number of people who are asking why M&S is ‘wasting’ their time on environmental initiatives whilst the share price tumbles. Stuart Rose was adamant that Plan A has been good for the bottom line. He said that it might seem tempting to backslide on the commitments made in better times but that he had no intention of doing this.