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Marks & Spencer

Rated: It's a start

price: $$$$

location: United Kingdom

Marks & Spencer has good policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but is not taking adequate steps to ensure payment of a living wage for its workers in its supply chain.

Marks & Spencer sustainability rating


3 out of 5


3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Overall rating: It's a start

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Marks & Spencer's environment rating is 'it's a start'. It uses some eco-friendly materials including recycled materials. It has set a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated from its own operations and supply chain and it is on track to meet its target. It has set a deadline to eliminate hazardous chemicals but there is no evidence it is on track to meet its target. It implements some water reduction initiatives.

Its labour rating is 'it's a start'. It received a score of 41-50% in the Fashion Transparency Index. It likely publishes detailed information about its supplier policies, audits and remediation processes. It publishes a detailed list of suppliers in the final stage of production and some information about the second stage of production. It may be publishing some information about forced labour, gender equality or freedom of association. There is no evidence it ensures payment of a living wage in its supply chain. It discloses policies to protect suppliers and workers in its supply chain from the impacts of COVID-19.

Its animal rating is 'it's a start'. It has a formal animal welfare policy aligned with Five Freedoms. It uses leather and exotic animal hair. It states that it sources wool from non-mulesed sheep. It uses down certified by the Responsible Down Standard. It does not use fur, exotic animal skin or angora. It traces some animal products to the first stage of production.

Marks & Spencer is rated 'It's a start' overall.

Last updated August 2021