Fashion and Sustainability – M&S

(Limited Collection Flirt Lace Non-Padded Plunge Bra, Marks & Spencer’s)

I’ve chosen to analyse the sustainability of my bra from Marks & Spencer’s. It was manufactured in China. M&S previously manufactured their bra’s in Malaysia but since the fall of M&S their manufacture has moved, has this a resulted in cheaper manufacture? Lower ethics? Less care for the environment??

Many would love to just assume that this is the case but in fact it shouldn’t be that detrimental to M&S ethics and sustainability. M&S have many policies in place such as ethical trading and chemicals in textile production to combat any misconduct from it’s manufacturers.

M&S takes the environment, ethics and sustainability very seriously and encourage their suppliers and manufacturers to follow suit. One key thing is that they have to comply with ‘law of the land’ plus additional M&S requirements including; corporate ethics and equal opportunities as written in their international policy. (How We Do Business – Our People. Corporate.marksandspencers.com, 2014)

M&S also work closely with suppliers to develop high quality products by…

‘Operating rigorous quality management systems which have been developed with our suppliers. These operate on a precautionary principle and are supported by a range of on-site audits and product testing. Suppliers are required to meet a range of quality, safety, environmental and social standards.’(How We Do Business – Quality and Innovation. Corporate.marksandspencers.com, 2014)

Since the development of my bra M&S has been working extremely hard to develop itself and has created a sustainable carbon neutral bra, raised 11m worth of garments recycled to Oxfam as part of their shwop scheme. Continue to meet their goals set out in their revolutionary Plan A initiative to combat climate change, reduce waste, use sustainable raw materials, trade ethically and help our customers to lead healthier lifestyles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi6PX80XwP4

(Sustainability at work – M&S Plan A awards – Marks and Spencer 2011. MarksandSpencersTv, 2011)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLpao2f4eCk

(M&S: Shwopping Advert with Joanna Lumley – Marks and Spencer 2012. MarksandSpencersTv, 2012)

Refernces:

Marks & Spencer’s (n.d) Limited Collection Flirt Lace Non-Padded Plunge Bra [Online Image]. Available from: http://www.marksandspencer.com/Limited-Collection-Floral-Plunge-Non-Padded/dp/B00DSVZ454 [Accessed 08/01/14]

Marks & Spencer’s (2014) How We Do Business – Our People. [Online] Marks & Spencer’s. Available from: http://corporate.marksandspencer.com/howwedobusiness/our_policies/our_people [Accessed 08/01/14]

Marks & Spencer’s (2014) How We Do Business – Quality and Innovation. [Online] Marks & Spencer’s. Available from: http://corporate.marksandspencer.com/howwedobusiness/our_policies/quality_and_innovation [Accessed 08/01/14]

MarksandSpencersTv. (2011). Sustainability at work – M&S Plan A awards – Marks and Spencer 2011. [Online Video]. Available from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi6PX80XwP4 [Accessed 08/01/14]

MarksandSpencersTv. (2012). M&S: Shwopping Advert with Joanna Lumley – Marks and Spencer 2012. [Online Video]. Available from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLpao2f4eCk [Accessed 08/01/14]

Marks & Spencer’s (2014) How We Do Business – Waste. [Online] Marks & Spencer’s. Available from: http://corporate.marksandspencer.com/howwedobusiness/our_policies/wastew [Accessed 08/01/14]

Marks & Spencer’s (2005) Global Sourcing Principles. [Online PDF] Marks & Spencer’s. Available from: http://corporate.marksandspencer.com/documents/how_we_do_business/global_sourcing_principles.pdf [Accessed 08/01/14]

Marks & Spencer’s (2013) About Plan A. [Online] Marks & Spencer’s. Available from: http://plana.marksandspencer.com/about [Accessed 08/01/14]

Marks & Spencer’s (2012) How We Do Business Report 2012. [Online PDF] Available from: http://corporate.marksandspencer.com/file.axd?pointerid=24f35ecfc08e4eb1992603107c4ec51a [Accessed 08/01/14]

Daily Mail Reporter (2011) This is not just lingerie: M&S unveil world’s first carbon neutral bra. Daily Mail, 14th Apr. Available from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1376538/M-S-unveil-worlds-carbon-neutral-bra-This-just-lingerie-.html

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