Julia Hailes MBE

Sustainability Pioneer


M&S Introduces Marc Bolland (Jun10)

Marc Bolland’s move from CEO of Morrisons to M&S has been widely publicised.  Less well know is what stance he plans to take on M&S‘s Plan A initiative.   The breakfast event hosted by M&S at the end of June was well attended.   Most of the questions were directed at Stuart Rose but I managed to […]

Expert Panel on Packaging (2008-2010)

Between 2008 and 2010 I sat on a expert advisory panel on packaging at M&S.   This was run by Rowland Hill, Helene Roberts and Mark Caul from M&S.   Other panel members include Jane Bickerstaffe from Incpen (Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment) and Mark Barthel from WRAP (Material Change for a Better Environment). Changing […]

Judging M&S your green idea competition (May10)

The £100,000 winning prize will need to be spent on greening an organisation of your choice, such as a school or a charity.  The Your Green Idea competition was launched alongside M&S‘s announcement that it aims to become the world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015.  I’ve been asked to be a judge alongside M&S Chairman, Sir Stuart […]

M&S Suppliers Conference on Plan A (Mar10)

M&S suppliers came to be briefed on the M&S‘s groundbreaking Plan A initiative.  Sir Stuart Rose announced that M&S planned to be the world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015.   I was asked to talk to packaging suppliers about key issues for them.  One particular them I covered in my presentation was the switch in emphasis […]

Carrier bags – Fact sheet and video – (Apr08)

M&S took a lead in charging for carrier bags and have subsequently reduced the amount handed out by a staggering 80%.  My view is that this is a good initiative but that the issue of carrier bags has been given far too much attention, given the relatively small impact they have. Early in 2008 I […]

Food Advice (Oct07)

In 2007 I was asked by M&S to help them in developing their food strategy, thinking creatively about what innovations they might consider.   Clearly, sustainability issues relating to food are becoming increasingly important.  And, as M&S says, they may need to think the unthinkable.  Topics covered included climate change and food crops, vegetarianism, local sourcing, wild […]

Report on sustainability issues in the food sector (Jan02)

  I first started working with Marks & Spencer in 2002 when I was commissioned to do a report on sustainability issues relating to the food sector.  The brief was to look at the broad drivers for change, to prioritise the key issues affecting food, identify the key organisations shaping the debate and make recommendations […]