A Report of Sustainability Issues Affecting the Retail Market in the Uk and the Quality and Content of Marks and Spencer’s Sustainability Report.

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1.1 Executive Summary

2.1 Introduction

3.1 Sustainability Issues currently facing the Retail market within the UK 3.1.1 Ecological drivers 3.1.2 Ethical/Social drivers 3.1.3 Legal/ political drivers 3.1.4 Technological drivers 3.1.5 Summary of drivers

4.1 Evaluation of the Marks and Spencer Sustainability Report 4.1.1 Non Financial reporting 4.1.2 Environmental Strategy
4.1.3 Green technology and waste policy
4.1.4 Summary of evaluation
4.1.5 Conclusion

5.1 Recommendations

6.1 References

1.1 Executive Summary

• Sustainable Development needs to replace the traditional view of economic growth.

• Interdependency of issues relating to sustainable development, ecology, ethics,
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To assess the current trends driving sustainable development in the UK retail sector we will use the PESTLE framework, considering Ecological, Ethical/Social, Legal/Political and Technological developments influencing the business environment.

The model below concisely illustrates the real relationship of business, society and the environment. The economy within human society, within the biosphere. When we consider our reliance upon the biosphere in this way, we are confronted by the wider implications of consumer and capitalist priorities.

“I want to see the day when consumers can expect that environmental responsibility is as fundamental to the products they buy as health and safety is now…” (Tony Blair 2004) This statement by the former Prime Minister, demonstrates the nature of the relationship between business and the environment and the imperative need for change in attitude.
One of the main ecological drivers for change in UK business comes from stakeholder influence, being the customers, staff, government lobbyists, pressure groups and shareholders. Two of the many ecological costs of intensive farming, are endangered biodiversity through habitat destruction and use of pesticides and deforestation of land for the farming of biofuels.
“Cotton is one of agriculture's most water-intensive and pest-sensitive crops, often grown in semi-arid and water scarce areas. It has been estimated to consume 11% of the world's pesticides”

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