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What is Plan A?

Marks & Spencer launched Plan A in January 2007, setting out 100 commitments to achieve in five years. In 2012 they extended Plan A to 180 commitments to achieve by 2015, with the ultimate goal of becoming the world's most sustainable major retailer.  In 2014 they launched Plan A 2020 with 100 new, revised and existing commitments (see Download links below for PDFs of both reports).

'We're doing this because it's what you want us to do. It's also the right thing to do. We're calling it Plan A because we believe it's now the only way to do business'. M&S 2012.

Through Plan A, M&S is working with its customers and suppliers to combat climate change, reduce waste, use sustainable raw materials, trade ethically, and help customers to lead healthier lifestyles.

Why not watch the 'Plan A 2012 Manifesto' video first  (see Related Links at the bottom of the page) then try some of our discussion and activity Ideas inspired by the information on the following pages?

Sometimes we have a great idea, but it's hard to know what to do next! You will find some really useful resources for making a difference in your community by following the Related Links at the bottom of the page - check out the Campaign - Make an Impact! and Oxfam Active Global Citizenship websites, as well as the M&S Plan A website. Whether it's litter-picking in the park, making your street friendlier or campaigning about an issue you feel strongly about - working with other people to make a difference is a brilliant thing... what are you waiting for?

Now explore some of the Plan A commitments for 2010–2015 in more detail on the following pages - click the 'next page' button below...

M&S Plan A slogan on a t-shirt
M&S Plan A website