But their corporate social responsibility policy is unlikely to result in more Jersey-grown produce on the shelves of their Island stores, Jersey Chamber of Commerce members were told last week.
br>M & S sustainable development manager Katie Stafford told the audience that ‘Plan A’ not only included all 520 stores in the UK, but also international franchises like the one in Jersey, which is now part of the Sandpiper CI group.
br>Ms Stafford said that sustainability had become increasingly important to the M & S brand, partly because of the lobbying of non-government organisations.
She said that there was ‘nowhere to hide, if something goes wrong and it can be linked to your business’.
br>’Consumers can vote with their wallets,’ she said.
‘Customers are a lot more savvy.