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Selling Sustainability: Why ‘less bad’ is no longer good enough
Discussion led by Mike Barry, Director of Plan A at Marks & Spencer
Thursday 27 March, 11.45am to 2pm, University of Leeds
You are warmly invited to the opening event in the 2014 On Your Marks Networking Series - bringing business and higher education together at the University of Leeds.
M&S Director of Plan A, Mike Barry will talk about the role and responsibility of business in creating a sustainable future, and why the ‘less bad’ model is no longer good enough. Launched in 2007, Plan A is Marks & Spencer’s eco and ethical programme that aims to make M&S the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015. To achieve this goal and keep up with the ever-changing landscape of sustainability, Mike’s focus is on constant re-invention and innovation, believing that the development of a circular economic model, and building the skills and technologies necessary to maintain it, is the key to a greener future.
Admission is free*, but places are limited and you will need to register your attendance – please email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please note that cancellations within 48 hours of the event will incur a £25 charge per delegate to cover costs. You may nominate an alternative delegate to attend without incurring any additional charges. All substitute delegates should be confirmed in writing to email@example.com
Non-attendance on the day will incur the same £25 charge to cover costs.
Mike Barry is Director of Plan A at Marks & Spencer. He is part of the team that oversees Plan A, the eco and ethical programme with the ambition to make the company the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015. He is also Chair of the World Environment Centre, following six years on the WWF programme committee.
Dr. Mark Sumner is a Lecturer in Sustainability, Retail and Textile in the School of Design at the University of Leeds. He is currently developing research themes for reducing waste and the circular economy for clothing; mapping the environmental impacts within textile supply chains; consumer interaction with sustainable apparel and the role of design in delivering sustainability for clothing and textiles. Prior to joining the university Mark spent 16 years in industry at M&S, leading the development of strategies & policies to reduce the impact of its products and supply chains.
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