Essay about Marks & Spencers: Environmental Issues and Policies

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Using an organisation of your choice you are required to identify the nature of the significant environmental issues which confront it and the organisational responses.

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Introduction 3

Environmental Policy 4

- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Triple Bottom Line

Legislation 6

Drivers 8

Marks & Spencers Policy 9

Analysis 11

Recommendations & Conclusions 13

References 14

Appendices - Summary of Plan A Progress

Introduction
Marks and Spencers Plc. began life as a single trader, Michael Marks trading from a market stall in Leeds, where he sold all goods for one penny. In 1894 Michael marks
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Early laws, often focused on the protection of rights associated with the ownership of property could, indirectly, protect the environment. More recent laws have been made to protect the environment itself. Globally, environmental laws apply in many countries and states and grant wide rights (such as the right to a clean and healthy environment). Environmental laws cover a huge variety of issues from the local (e.g. noise control) to the global (e.g. climate change control).

As stated above environmental policy can many different aspects all of which have some form of legislation, which a company, in this case Marks and Spencers, must adhere too. They can be summarised as follows:

Air Quality
- Road Traffic Regulation Act (1984) - amended by the Transport Act (2000)
- The Environmental Protection Act (1990) - amended by the Pollution Prevention and Control Act (1999)
- The Clean Air Act (1993)
- Environment Act (1995) - provides for the National Air Quality framework
- Pollution Prevention and Control Act (1999) and the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations (England and Wales) (2000) as amended by the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations (2007)
- Transport Act (2000)
- Finance Act (2000) - creates the Climate Change Levy which seeks to minimise greenhouse gases
- Waste and Emissions Trading Act (2003) - provides for statutory emissions trading
- The Air Quality Standards

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