Marks & Spencer’s Latest Charitable Change Sets It Apart From Other Supermarkets

Marks & Spencer is already doing a lot of things right.

For example, their sustainable fashion and recycling initiative Shwopping has seen 20 million items saved from landfill since 2008. And, under their Plan A scheme, their fish is responsibly caught, their denim and towels are made from sustainable cotton, and they only sell 100% Fairtrade Kenyan roses. They’re also committed to becoming a zero-waste business by 2025.

Adding another gold star to their chart, M&S have now become the first British retailer to donate non-food surplus from their stores to charity.

The up-market one-stop-shop for everything from food to homeware has partnered with “giving platform” Neighbourly to begin giving non food donations like cleaning products, toiletries and kitchenware to charity.

Neighbourly works to connect retailers with local charities and organizations such as food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and schools.

So far, the ‘giving platfrom’ has distributed over 1500 tonnes of food – the equivalent of 95,000 meals – thanks to its partnerships with supermarkets such as M&S, or Lidl which joined up in 2016.

Speaking of their new commitment to provide non-food items to Neighbourly too, M&S head of responsible sourcing Louise Nicholls said that they hoped the donation of non-food products would enable local organizations in need, “to focus their funds on their core activities” instead.

Bravo M&S! Hopefully their new initiative will encourage other big supermarkets to follow suit…