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Marks & Spencer is an international, multi-channel retailer selling high quality, great value clothing and home products and outstanding quality food. 30 million customers visit M&S stores and M&S.com every week and the company employs 81,000 people across the... more.
Sustainable Development Manager, Marks & Spencer Photo: Fiona Wheatley, Sustainable Development Manager at Marks and Spencer Marks and Spencer is an international multi-channel retailer with over 700 stores in the United Kingdom and another 300 stores spread across more than 40 countries. The M&S offer covers clothing, home and food products and the company has an annual turnover of almost £10 billion. The Marks and Spencer goal is to make sure key raw materials come from the most sustainable sources available. As Sustainable Development Manager Fiona leads their strategy to deliver this goal, which covers materials bought for internal use across construction, marketing and business operations as well as those used in our product offer. She has worked in this area for almost ten years and has a history of success in improving the environmental and social footprint of retail product supply chains. Fiona previously worked for Sainsbury's, a major UK grocery retailer, where she introduced progressive sustainability policies for seafood, timber and palm oil sourcing.
The other panel participants were Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven, Unilever global advocacy manager Hannah Hislop, CDP's head of forests programme Katie McCoy, Marks & Spencer sustainable development manager Fiona Wheatley, and The Forest Trust founder Scott Poynton.
Debating what companies and their stakeholders can do are: Tom Bregman, project manager, Forest 500, Global Canopy Programme;Â Jillian Gladstone, senior manager, forests, CDP; Sylvain Augoyard, corporate social responsibility, BNP Paribas;â€¨ Samuel Mary, senior sustainability research analyst, Kepler Cheuvreux; and Fiona Wheatley, sustainable development manager, Marks & Spencer.
Click here for a podcast with Fiona Wheatley, Marks & Spencer sustainable development manager. She discusses her work collaborating to improve global viscose supply chains, identifying the supply chain pinch point where working with a few big players can make impact at scale. She also talks about the importance of brand trust, and what consumers assume their favourite brands are doing on deforestation; how traceability can also help companies achieve greatest impact even in complex supply chains (including palm oil); and, how to impress on suppliers the importance of their taking ownership of the performance of their own supply chains, and why this is an are where peer collaboration can really help. Fiona Wheatley, sustainable development manager, Marks and Spencer
"M&S recognizes the value of transparency as part of supply chain management and is working with industry partners to measure and compare performance of Growers, Processors and Traders in our supply chain," said Fiona Wheatley, sustainable business manager at Marks and Spencer, a British retailer.
Mike Clarke, Chief Executive of RSPB, Fiona Wheatley, Sustainable Business Manager with M&S and several stakeholder representatives talked about the positive impact of their projects, resulting from natural partnerships.
Finally, the better cotton initiative between WWF ad Oxfam in collaboration with Marks and Spencer, showcased how a good partnership surrounding a critical commodity can work, introduced by Fiona Wheatley, Emma Keller and Lena Staafgard.