Marks & Spencer Group Plc
In the ten years since Marks & Spencer launched its Plan A sustainability commitment the UK-based retailer has "at best" completed 20% of it...
First feedback on last week's launch of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark has welcomed the move – but warns against drawing conclusions t...
Retailer Marks & Spencer has finally booked like-for-like sales growth in its general merchandise unit, which includes clothing and homewares, thanks to a focus on value and quality, rather than "reactionary and desperate" discounting. Not surprisingly, analysts have praised the UK retailer's first positive clothing performance in two years.
Instead of the regular roundup of the most-read news pieces on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at our top analysis pieces in 2016. Child labour, trade deals, Trump's election, 3D printing, the impact of Brexit, and sustainability are just some of the issues we analysed.
Instead of our regular roundup of the most-read stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at the top news stories on just-style in 2016. Cutting edge innovations, Africa growth, Brexit, worker safety, key apparel and footwear trends, and minimum wages were just some of the issues that made the headlines.
British retailer Marks & Spencer has announced its biggest shake-up in years, with plans to remove its clothing ranges from 60 stores over the next five years and axe underperforming brands, as first-half pre-tax profit tumbled 88%.
UK retailer Marks & Spencer is on something of a mission: To become the world's most sustainable retailer through its ambitious Plan A environmental and ethical programme. The person in charge of implementing this globally is Adam Elman, head of Plan A delivery, who discusses the initiative's challenging targets and the need for wider industry collaboration.
As safety inspections on more than 1,500 garment factories supplying a group of mainly European retailers get underway this week, just-style speaks with Brad Loewen, the top safety official overseeing the effort.
Marks & Spencer’s director of clothing, home and multichannel logistics, Adrian Harris, has stepped down from his role, the UK retailer has confirmed.
UK retailer Marks & Spencer has topped a new benchmark ranking that aims to incentivise companies in a race to the top for the moral and commercial advantages of a strong human rights record.
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says demand for more sustainable cotton is on the rise, with Swedish retailer H&M and sportswear giants Adidas and Nike leading the field in its 'Better Cotton league'.
Marks & Spencer's strategy to focus on value, rather than "reactionary and desperate" discounting, paid off in its third-quarter with the UK retailer's clothing division recording an uplift in sales for just the second time in six years.
Various forms of modern slavery, including child slavery, have been found in around 90% of spinning mills in South India producing yarn that makes its way into garment factories in India, Bangladesh and China supplying western brands and retailers, a new report claims.
Many of the key themes that dominated the European retail scene in 2016 are expected to continue into this year, analysts believe, as retailers prepare for more currency headwinds, unseasonal weather, a continued shift to e-commerce and whatever hurdles Brexit will bring.
Robert Swannell, the chairman of Marks & Spencer, is to step down after six years at the helm of the UK retail group.
Leading international businesses – including apparel and textile companies – are ill-prepared for the risk that comes from sourcing products linked to deforestation, a major cause of climate change, a new report claims.
Retailer Marks & Spencer is expected to announce the closure of a number of UK stores this week, and reallocate space away from clothing to food at others, as part of ongoing plans to turn around the ailing business.
Struggling UK retailer Marks & Spencer has declined to comment on what it calls "rumour and speculation" regarding reports the company plans to close its flagship Paris department store on the Champs-Elysees.
The majority of large apparel brands are ignoring the "endemic" abuse of Syrian refugees in Turkish clothing factories supplying European retailers, a new report has found.
Investors see intensifying competition in clothing as barriers to Marks & Spencer achieving earnings growth, a survey has found, with many concerned about the UK retailer's "unappealing" product offering.
Retailer Marks & Spencer has been named as the highest performing FTSE 100 company for monitoring and reporting on modern slavery in its supply chain, with luxury brand Burberry scoring third, in a report that also highlights a deficit in action by many UK-listed firms.
Textile Exchange has revealed more brands and suppliers are pledging their commitment to the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), taking the total number of brands on board to 15.
Around 200,000 Pakistani cotton farmers are set to benefit from a global cotton industry partnership that will train them on issues such as sustainability in farming and child labour thanks to funding from brands such as H&M and Levi Strauss & Co.
Laura Wade-Gery, the executive tasked with modernising Marks & Spencer’s e-commerce and multi-channel capabilities, will not be returning to the retailer following her maternity leave, it was revealed today (12 September).
Major apparel groups including Adidas, Gap Inc, Inditex, Gildan and Asics have been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), putting the companies among the best-in-class sustainability performers globally.
Struggling UK retailer Marks & Spencer is to cut around 525 head office jobs – around 15% of the total – in an attempt to remove duplication, drive accountability and "strip out unnecessary costs" across the business.
Strategic challenges remain for Marks & Spencer's beleaguered clothing division after first-quarter sales fell by nearly 9% on a "weak market" and fewer promotions.
Marks & Spencer has published its first supply chain map for clothing and its first human rights report as part of the retailer's ethical commitments detailed in its first Plan A update under new CEO Steve Rowe.
UK retailer Marks & Spencer may see a shake-up of its sourcing team with the potential departure next year of two senior executives who have overhauled the group's supply chain.
Marks & Spencer has made a number of changes to its management structure in order to drive "speedier decision making", including the formation of an operating committee to oversee business development and strategy.
Over the past month, Donald Trump and his team failed to offer any clear plan to ensure Americans would "Buy American, Hire American" - while the British government's attempts to clarify the specifics of "Brexit means Brexit" left no-one better informed. Mike Flanagan has taken a closer look in his monthly Trade Tracker update.
Innovation was the hot topic last week as a raft of apparel and textile companies revealed new fabrics, fibres and technologies designed to shake-up the industry.
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