M&S Teams Up With Agrisound To Boost Pollinator Activity On British Farms

M&S have announced a three-year collaboration with agri-tech start up AgriSound, designed to help farmers better manage pollinators and increase crop yields.  The collaboration will see two M&S Select Farms, Plumford in Kent and G’s Growers in Cambridgeshire, install in-field sensors for three years, allowing them to track the number of pollinators visiting their farm in real-time and target specific interventions for improving numbers.  AgriSound are biodiversity experts, based in York, that have developed specialist listening devices, which combine acoustic technology and environmental sensors to monitor the density of key…

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M&S Launches First Sustainability-Focused Innovation Challenge

M&S has announced the launch of its inaugural sustainability innovation challenge for start-ups, with the retailer looking to work with tech-focused partners in its efforts to build a sustainable future and achieve its net zero by 2040 goal.  Alongside the innovation and investment firm True, M&S’s Ignite team – the home of open innovation at M&S – is looking for ideas and technologies that can encourage more sustainable behaviours amongst its customers, as well as solutions that can help M&S achieve further efficiencies in its agricultural supply chains. The innovation…

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M&S Trials Refillable Own-Brand Homecare Products

M&S is launching a trial of refillable own-brand cleaning and laundry products, as part of its commitment to reduce and remove plastic packaging, and offer customers more sustainable choices. M&S Refillable allows customers to choose from eight pre-filled, own-brand homecare products, including cleaning sprays, laundry detergents, fabric conditioners and washing up liquids. The offering, delivered in partnership with Re, will be available initially in M&S’ recently opened Stevenage store and in Bluewater, before being extended to an additional four stores over the summer (Stratford City, Hedge End, Aintree and York Vangarde Retail…

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Tenth Annual Business Benchmark On Farm Animal Welfare: Waitrose And M&S Retain Tier 1 Ranking But All Companies Must Move Faster To Deliver Meaningful Welfare Improvements

The tenth annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report, launched recently, shows UK retailers performing well with six companies ranked in the top two tiers.  Waitrose and M&S successfully retain their Tier 1 positions for the 8th and 9th consecutive years, respectively, alongside producers Noble Foods and Premier Foods. However, the report also reveals that while companies continue to invest in farm animal welfare, they are too slow in delivering meaningful welfare improvements for animals on the ground.  BBFAW – the leading global measure of policy commitment, performance,…

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New CEO diversity pledge signed by Co-operative Group, M&S and PageGroup

The CEOs of some of the UK’s biggest firms have joined forces in a historic partnership aimed at “moving the dial on diversity” – in a bid to create more inclusive workforces up and down the country. The chief executives/SVPs of the Co-operative Group, M&S and PageGroup have founded the movement and are some of the first signatories on the ‘CEO Activist & Moving the Dial on Diversity Pledge’, which will drive action to better engage and support all underrepresented groups within business. Each of the three leaders signed the…

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