We’re committed to working with our suppliers to help them develop the necessary skills and competencies to meet our requirements by offering a range of training and development opportunities.
Our training programmes cover a range of topics including integrity, pest control, allergen awareness, listeria investigation, and foreign body prevention. They are delivered through a variety of formats including e-learning, presentations, workshops, practical assessments, webinars or case studies.
We have designed training programmes to educate suppliers about local laws, their rights at work, and our Global Sourcing Principles.
We’ve launched a series of initiatives in partnership with educational colleges to provide the core skills needed to ensure the food industry’s future success. For example, we support degree students at Harper Adams University College and in 2013 we developed a unique, The M&S Agricultural Leadership Programme, in association with Cranfield University School of Management. Find out more about how we support educational programmes and British farming.
We actively work with our suppliers on supporting workers in our supply chain on programmes including leadership skills, financial literacy and health. We continue to develop our supplier scorecard with an intention to launch in 2021, covering a range of important issues. To ensure a smooth transition to a new programme, in 2020/21 we've focused on the conclusion of our previous supplier programme and launched three toolkits for suppliers on the issues of Ethical Trade, Environmental Sustainability and Lean Manufacturing.
Working with our suppliers we're focusing on a smaller number of salient KPIs and outcomes to allow focus and create real change. This programme has undergone a series of tests at key suppliers and we plan to launch the new way of working as part of our plans for 2021/22. Alongside this, we are working with WWF and UK retailers to agree uniform KPIs on GHG emissions reporting.
We also worked with Emerging Leaders to provide leadership training to around 50,000 supply chain workers in Kenya, east Africa and South Africa, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The training takes participates on an incredible journey to a new mind-set and empowers them to take others on the same journey as leaders in their communities. Many tell us that the programme has led to improved productivity, better retention of high quality, motivated employees and less dependency on casual labour.