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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 | 8 Nov 2017

Marks & Spencer is accelerating plans to close underperforming clothing departments as the UK retailer revealed flat first-half apparel and home sales and the departure of CFO Helen Weir.


Beth Wright | 6 Nov 2017

UK retail group Marks & Spencer is expected to announce further store closures this week as part of a "much bolder" restructuring plan to turnaround its fortunes amid falling profits and a challenging market. 


Beth Wright | 11 Oct 2017

Retailer Marks & Spencer has launched a new range of suits made with 55% recycled wool, which includes wool M&S customers have donated in stores through its Shwopping initiative, as part of its commitment to address the social, ethical and environmental impacts of its products.


Beth Wright | 21 Sep 2017

The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) is to roll out a series of masterclasses at five UK universities to help give students a better understanding of sourcing, production and manufacturing, with support from Marks & Spencer.


Beth Wright | 13 Sep 2017

UK retail group Marks & Spencer has confirmed Jill McDonald will take up the newly created role of managing director of clothing, home and beauty on 2 October.


Beth Wright | 30 Aug 2017

UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) today (30 August) revealed it has begun talks with franchise partner Al-Futtaim for the potential purchase and franchising of M&S’s owned retail business in Hong Kong and Macau.


Leonie Barrie | 25 Aug 2017

Retailer Marks & Spencer has launched a range of more sustainable selvedge denim jeans as part of its commitment to address the social, ethical and environmental impacts of its products.


Michelle Russell | 8 Aug 2017

Marks and Spencer, Next, and Men’s Warehouse UK, are among a raft of brands that have joined a call to help end the exploitation of Madagascan dockworkers.


Michelle Russell | 21 Jul 2017

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has appointed a new director to head up its clothing and home supply chain, logistics and planning as part of ongoing plans to recover and grow its non-food divisions.


Michelle Russell | 11 Jul 2017

A Marks & Spencer and Bonmarché supplier factory in Cambodia that closed down a year ago leaving 208 workers without jobs is yet to settle severance pay and final salaries, according to a labour rights group that is now urging the brands to compensate employees. 


Hannah Abdulla | 11 Jul 2017

Clothing sales at UK retailer Marks and Spencer have fallen once again in the first quarter of the year, but the firm remained upbeat today (11 July), insisting the fall was slower than the previous quarter.


Michelle Russell | 13 Jun 2017

A number of fashion giants, including Sweden’s H&M and Inditex's Zara, are said to be buying viscose from highly polluting factories that are contributing irreparable damage to environmental and human health.


Michelle Russell | 1 Jun 2017

Marks & Spencer is entering into a new collaboration with Oxfam aimed at developing a deeper understanding of the connection between sourcing practices and human rights impacts in India as part of a new Plan A 2025 programme launched by the UK retailer today (1 June) that will also see it disclose raw material supplier details.


Beth Wright | 30 May 2017

UK retail group Marks & Spencer has confirmed the appointment of Melanie Smith to the newly created role of strategy director.


Michelle Russell | 25 May 2017

Asos, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co and Nike are among 13 clothing and textile brands who have committed to using 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.


Michelle Russell | 24 May 2017

UK retail group Marks & Spencer says "there is still much to do" as it revealed profits slumped by almost two-thirds last year due to restructuring costs, while clothing sales continued to fall.


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'.

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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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