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Learnings from M&S's sustainability journey so far

In the ten years since Marks & Spencer launched its Plan A sustainability commitment the UK-based retailer has "at best" completed 20% of it...

Where next for Corporate Human Rights Benchmark?

First feedback on last week's launch of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark has welcomed the move – but warns against drawing conclusions t...


Leonie Barrie | 12 Jan 2017

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.


Michelle Russell | 21 Dec 2016

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. 


Michelle Russell | 19 Dec 2016

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.


Leonie Barrie | 8 Nov 2016

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%.

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Michelle Russell | 12 Nov 2014

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.


Kitty So | 20 Feb 2014

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.

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Michelle Russell | 5 May 2017

UK retail group Marks & Spencer has made what one analyst describes as a "formidable appointment" with the hiring of Archie Norman as its new chairman, replacing the outgoing Robert Swannell.


Michelle Russell | 3 May 2017

UK retail group Marks & Spencer will be hoping to turn the fortunes of its non-food business around with the appointment Jill McDonald to the newly created role of managing director of clothing, home and beauty.


Leonie Barrie | 26 Apr 2017

British retailer Marks & Spencer has agreed a new contract with the two sourcing directors who have been responsible for overhauling the group's clothing supply chain.


Michelle Russell | 11 Apr 2017

Marks & Spencer’s director of clothing, home and multichannel logistics, Adrian Harris, has stepped down from his role, the UK retailer has confirmed.


Michelle Russell | 13 Mar 2017

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.


Beth Wright | 14 Feb 2017

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'.


Michelle Russell | 12 Jan 2017

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.


Michelle Russell | 4 Jan 2017

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.


Michelle Russell | 3 Jan 2017

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.


Michelle Russell | 13 Dec 2016

Robert Swannell, the chairman of Marks & Spencer, is to step down after six years at the helm of the UK retail group.


Michelle Russell | 6 Dec 2016

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. 


Leonie Barrie | 7 Nov 2016

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.


Beth Wright | 28 Oct 2016

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.


Michelle Russell | 25 Oct 2016

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. 


Michelle Russell | 20 Oct 2016

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. 


Michelle Russell | 17 Oct 2016

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.


Beth Wright | 29 Sep 2016

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.


Michelle Russell | 29 Sep 2016

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. 


Leonie Barrie | 12 Sep 2016

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).


Michelle Russell | 9 Sep 2016

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.


Michelle Russell | 5 Sep 2016

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. 


Michelle Russell | 7 Jul 2016

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. 

Latest blogs

Michelle Russell | 20 Mar 2017

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.


Michelle Russell | 17 May 2016

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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