Wet processing facilities
We require every dyehouse, printer, finisher, laundry and tannery that supplies on behalf of M&S to have read the Environmental and Chemical Policy (ECP) suite of documents and fully completed a Self-Audit prior to any production taking place. We’ve also made our Self-Audit protocols available in Turkish and Chinese.
Completion and approval of this Self-Audit is mandatory and is a formal acknowledgement that the factory complies with our ECP requirements. This status is repeated every 18 months to ensure that our records of factories reflect current best practice and capability.
Our specialist Regional Office teams located in the UK, Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, Cambodia and Vietnam carry out follow-up visits to wet processing facilities during the year to check the validity of information disclosed by our suppliers.
Monitoring of discharges
Ten of our Chinese wet processors have undertaken Detox testing at various stages during processing and uploaded these test results onto the IPE website
(see above). Whilst wastewater testing is in important aspect of due diligence M&S focuses on delivering clean input chemistry through its MRSL and other tools to ensure our fabrics and textiles are manufactured in an environmentally appropriate way.
Product level testing
We have historically carried our random unannounced due diligence testing of product in our stores against our RSL.
From this year we are now conducting chemicals due diligence on finished product and fabrics in our manufacturing regions. We believe this is a more proactive approach to RSL testing any follow-up action will be taken up immediately with the supplier by our specialist Regional Office teams. We plan to carry out a higher proportion of testing in our China region.
If any product is found to be non-compliant a fine may be payable by the supplier, which may be passed on to the wet processor. We reserve the right to return the product at the suppliers cost. In instances where non-compliance leads to a product recall associated responsibilities or charges will be applied to the supplier.