As an own-brand retailer, we are uniquely positioned to work with our trusted suppliers to reduce Scope 3 emissions. One of our biggest strengths is the close and long-lasting relationships we’ve built with our partners, from farms to factories.
We’ve set more ambitious science-based targets that will help us play our part in keeping global warming below the all-important benchmark of 1.5 degrees.
We have identified ten key areas of our business where we will focus our transformation work as part of our action plan to reach net zero emissions by 2040.
Reaching net zero is not something we can do alone.
The achievements of Plan A to date are thanks to the efforts of our colleagues, who we know are passionate about building a sustainable future. Our Carbon Champions will help activate our net zero transformation across different areas of our business. We have also established a Green network, giving our colleagues space for discussion, engagement and learning on climate change.
And we can’t do it without our customers. We’re asking our customers to look behind the label and discover the sustainability stories behind our products.
No one business can solve all the sustainability challenges that lie ahead alone, which is why we’re also collaborating and working with key partners across the retail industry. We’re working with The Consumer Goods Forum, the British Retail Consortium, The Courtauld Commitment 2030, Textiles 2030, and the National Farmer’s Union. M&S is a member of the Business Ambition for 1.5°C and part of the Race to Zero campaign.
Our Journey So Far
The scale of the climate change challenge can seem daunting, but we know a better future is possible because we’ve already made change happen. We became the first major retailer to banish free plastic bags in 2008 and launched the first clothing recycling scheme the same year. In 2012, we became the first major retailer in the UK and ROI to achieve carbon neutral status.
By working together and learning from others, we know we can make net zero reality.
Because there is no plan B.