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integrated CSR wins M&S major award

September 2004

Marks & Spencer has won the Impact on Society Award at this year’s Business in the Community Awards For Excellence.

Judges said the UK-based retailer deserved the award for ‘integrating a set of values into its business practices’ and for leading the way on retail issues such as GM foods, pesticide reduction and fish sourcing.

The company has moved in the last few weeks to head off fears that financial pressures could force it to reduce its CSR activity, with new chairman Stuart Rose, who has worked at the firm for 17 years, saying M&S will ensure social responsibility measures remain integral to the business.

Two other companies were highly commended in the Impact on Society section – Rio Tinto and The Co-operative Bank. Winners in other categories of the sixth annual awards were:

Education and Lifelong Learning Award: BSkyB for its ‘Reach for the Sky’ project
Community Impact Award: law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for its ‘Freshfields in the Community’ programme
Innovation Award: food manufacturer Bernard Matthews for its diversity programme.

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