Welcome to M&S
Commitments and targets
Our ambition is to accelerate change by leading with others. We’re committed to engaging with governments, both directly and indirectly through industry groups, trade bodies and the third sector.
We aim to help shape public policy that’s relevant to our business interests, and to the retail sector.
|Public policy advocacy|
We engage with a number of political audiences, primarily the UK Government and Parliament, the EU Commission and Parliament, and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We only employ political consultants to provide background support – they don’t make representations on our behalf.
In responding to government consultations, we prefer to support trade bodies, such as the British Retail Consortium or the CBI. Whenever we make a formal individual response, we publish it.
Our Code of Ethics and Behaviours sets out our key policies and procedures for lobbying and political engagement.
|Thought leadership advocacy|
We engage with many organisations, including Consumer Good Forum, Business in the Community, Aldersgate Group, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, to support their objectives on specific sustainability issues.
In every country we source from, we work with key suppliers (and if relevant, national governments, multilateral platforms and civil society) to ensure workers’ rights are respected and policies are in place to ensure a safe working environment and work towards a fair wage for our supply chain workers.
We were one of five retailers that sponsored the ‘Stronger Together’ initiative. Developed by the Association of Labour Providers (ALP), the Gangmasters Licensing & Labour Abuse Authority (GLA) and Migrant Help, Stronger Together aims to give UK employers the knowledge and resources they need to recognise and address exploitation in the food and agriculture industries.