ShanghaiTex 2017 and Marks & Spencer jointly organize “Plan A
Business Forum to promote industry sustainability
Shanghaitex 2017 will be held at the Shanghai New
International Expo Centre from 27-30 November 2017. The 18th
Shanghai International Textile Machinery Exhibition focuses on
the world’s latest innovative textile technology, high-growth
application sectors, and cross-border technology, thereby
assisting industry in overcoming challenges and sparking new
opportunities on the way to industry 4.0.
In response to the growing awareness of environmentally
friendly manufacturing, ShanghaiTex presents green textile
technologies with low energy consumption.
ShanghaiTex is also considered as an advanced platform for
industrial elites to obtain the most cutting-edge information
and exchange opinions on industry development.
Stepping into its 33rd year, ShanghaiTex 2017 has
collaborated with Marks & Spencer to conduct a trendsetting
forum – “Marks & Spencer - Plan A 2025” on 28 November 2017.
“Plan A” indicates the core value of Marks & Spencer in
directing the strategy to help protect the planet, by sourcing
responsibly, reducing waste and helping communities. Attendees
of the event will gain insight into the latest developments of
Plan A and discuss green solutions with other top-notch industry
Marks & Spencer - Plan A 2025
In January 2007, M&S introduced a new eco and ethical plan
called Plan A to tackle a new set of 21st century challenges.
With £200 million investment, Plan A set out 100 environmental
and social commitments covering five general realms, most of
which have been achieved with awards. And in 2014 M&S introduced
Plan A 2020 which consists of 100 new and modified commitments
to achieve by 2020, with the ultimate goal of becoming the
world's most sustainable major retailer.
M&S is working with both their suppliers and customers
through plan A to fight against climate change, reduce wastage,
utilize recycled materials, support fair trade, and pursue
healthier lifestyle. M&S has proved itself successful in
balancing profitability and environmental sustainability,
despite the present economic scenario. The investment can be
perfectly offset by the reduced cost of energy savings. Hence
Plan A is also praised by energy experts as one of the most
advanced strategies in retail industry.
Customers in Carbon Neutral Project
Over the past five years, M&S has reduced its packaging by
26%, and recycled tons of hangers. And it is also advocating a
new way of reducing waste to encourage donating used clothing
instead of dumping.
Besides dealing with carbon emissions from its own
operations, M&S has also developed 60 low-carbon products for
its customers to implement energy conservation at home.
Meanwhile, M&S has added “Wash at 30°C” reminder on its clothing
and laundry detergent packaging to assist consumers to minimize
the carbon emissions from the laundry. As a result, 38% of
consumers carried out this measure, reducing 50,000 tons of
carbon emissions on a yearly basis.
Work closely with suppliers on
Climate change is a global problem, one that will ultimately
affect all our lives, and one that M&S is striving to address.
In addition to promoting to customers, M&S actively mobilizes
its suppliers to engage in its carbon neutral project.
M&S has already made its UK operations 28% more energy
efficient using green electricity, and they are also globally
working to make all stores much more energy efficient.
Currently, the three M&S "green factories" located in Sri
Lanka and Wales have all managed to take care of carbon
reduction and cost savings. M&S is planning to open another
green factory in China to extend energy efficiency blueprint to
much larger and potential markets.
Protect environment and enhance
social well being
According to M&S, sustainability will only become the
business if we integrate Plan A into our everyday activities and
processes. Therefore, producing and harvesting raw materials can
damage the environment, so M&S considers it important to source
them in ways that support replenishment, safeguard natural
habitats and ensure good animal welfare standards. M&S advocates
protecting soil & wildlife and reducing pesticide use. As a
clothing retailer, M&S works in partnership with WWF to help
thousands of farmers improve their approach to cotton production
in India. Similarly, as a food retailer, M&S has taken a leading
role in providing clear and useful nutritional labeling on their
Fast track to enhance your
partnership with M&S at ShanghaiTex 2017
ShanghaiTex is one of the established and professional
textile machinery exhibitions of its kind in China since 1984.
The 2017 edition is set to lead the textile industry in
exploring world’s most advanced textile technology and
applications, thereby providing breakthrough solutions during
the industry’s restructuring period. The organizers have invited
Mr. Toiny Pang, Technical Sustainability Manager, Quality &
Compliance from Marks & Spencer to share more details about Plan
A 2025 during the show period.
Mr. Pang joined M&S in 2012 and now leads Environmental and
Chemical Policy (ECP) across the global supply chain in Far East
Region. He is fully engaged in the development of internal
auditing tools, environmental compliance systems, online
self-audit platform & supplier grading system.
To achieve its ambitious goals in eco and social
responsibilities, Marks & Spencer needs to invest in its supply
chain and work with the right partner. Therefore, industry
practitioners are welcome to attend this business forum (28
November at 1:30-3:00 pm at Hall E1 Smart Factory Conference
Zone) to discuss the latest green manufacturing solutions with
M&S, and to improve the sustainability of textile and apparel
Pre-Register now to enjoy buyer
Online pre-registration is now open at www.ShanghaiTex.cn.
The interested parties are encouraged to complete the online
pre-registration to enjoy buyer privileges including priority to
participate in symposia, one free copy of show catalogue, and
save time from on-site registration procedure and queues.
ShanghaiTex is sponsored by Shangtex Holding Co. Ltd, China
Council for the Promotion of International Trade Shanghai
Sub-council and China Chamber of International Commerce Shanghai
Chamber of Commerce; and is organized by Adsale Exhibition
Services Ltd, Shanghai Textile Technology Service & Exhibition
Co. Ltd. and Shanghai International Exhibition Co. Ltd.