Liverpool Chamber of Commerce has secured Marks and Spencer, Chief Executive, Sir Stuart Rose to speak at its Annual Dinner on Thursday 26th November.
The dinner, this year being held in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, will be the highlight of the Chamber’s contribution to the Year of the Environment.
Appointed to Marks & Spencer in May 2004, Stuart became Executive Chairman in June 2008. He is also a non-executive director of Land Securities plc and Chairman of Business in the Community.
Sir Stuart will be speaking about the greening of Marks and Spencer. He will outline Plan A, the company’s five-year ‘eco plan’ to address the most important environmental and social issues facing the world.
It has pledged to meet 100 commitments to become carbon neutral, send no waste to landfill, extend sustainable sourcing, set new standings as a fair partner and promote healthier lifestyles.
Sir Stuart explained: “Plan A isn’t only important to us, it’s important to our customers too. They’re told us that despite the impact of the recession, our commitment to Plan A remains important to them. They value the difference between us and other retailers, they understand the commitment we’ve made and they trust us to stick to it.”
The event also sees the presentation of the Annual Chairman’s award for the business that has contributed most to the Liverpool economy in the previous year. The venue will also showcase the Chamber’s environmental arts award with innovative artwork made from recycled materials on display during the event.
Chamber Chief Executive, Jack Stopforth commented: “I can’t wait to hear from Sir Stuart Rose. Marks and Spencer epitomises most people’s idea of a great British business. Sir Stuart believes that ethical businesses can be profitable businesses. Plan A enables Marks & Spencer to not only to address environmental issues but sees them as central to its commercial future The evidence is compelling with £8m saved to date from reduced packaging and recycling.”