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UK: Clothing companies pledge to reduce lifetime impact of clothes

Major retailers and fashion firms, such as Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Tesco, Next and Stella McCartney, have signed up to a commitment to make significant reductions in the environmental impacts of clothing.

UK: Gap, Next and Marks & Spencer respond to Indian worker abuses

Major retailers Gap, Next and Marks & Spencer have responded to evidence of working rights abuses at factories in India. Workers have been forced to carry out excessive overtime with pay that is below the legal minimum wage, according to the Observer newspaper.

Oil palm

Nestle announces NGO partnership to verify palm oil

Nestle has said that it will work with the Forest Trust to review its palm oil supply chain to ensure it is not associated with illegal rainforest and peatland clearance. The move follows a vigorous campaign against the company by NGO Greenpeace.

Uzbekistan: Major retailers call for end of child labour in cotton

A coalition representing the US major retail and clothing companies has called on Uzbekistan president Islam Karimov to tackle the endemic presence of child labour in the country's production of cotton, saying that the current situation is 'totally unacceptable'.

UK: Greenpeace gives rare praise to supermarkets on fish

Greenpeace has produced its updated league table for UK retailers on sustainable sourcing of seafood and has acknowledged that the supermarkets are leading a considerable movement of change.

UK: Marks & Spencer offers work to the homeless

Marks and Spencer has announced that it will make available around 600 work placements to get homeless people off the streets of Britain and into permanent jobs.

France - Marks and Spencer suspend controversial store closures

Alain Juillet, the French chairman of Marks & Spencer, has announced that the company is to temporarily halt the planned closure of its 18 stores with the hope of finding a buyer for the outlets who will be able to guarantee jobs for the 1,500 staff.

Marks & Spencer drops Indian leather because of animal rights

Marks & Spencer, the UK retail chain, has confirmed that it will no longer stock goods made with Indian leather. The move comes after an animal rights pressure group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) targeted M&S with a campaign of persuasion.

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