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Leadership of the Future – supply chain sustainability

The project: “Leadership of the Future” – mobilising Marks and Spencer’s food suppliers to take action on sustainability.

Based in the Foods Plan A team, this project included the design and project management of a strategic future trends event, working closely with senior leaders in the food business. To support content development, a series of sustainability films were produced, covering themes including the future of the food industry and the changing social landscape. A Plan A Awards process recognising sustainability leadership from within the supply base was delivered with over 50 suppliers applying, and the 6 winners announced at the event.

Impact: Over 500 guests attended ‘Leadership of the Future’, representing more than 200 of Marks and Spencer’s most valued food suppliers. Evaluation found that 96% of suppliers came away ‘inspired’ and with a clear understanding of what action they need to take on sustainability. Marks and Spencer is rolling out the event content to its global supply base.

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