M&S Announces Chemical Commitments

United Kingdom-based fashion retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S), in reponse to environmental
watchdog group Greenpeace’s Detox campaign to stop chemical pollution of the Earth’s waters, has
committed to eliminating by 2020 toxic chemical releases from its supply chains and all products it

M&S will train and educate dyehouses about alkylphenol compounds (APOEs) and strengthen
its APOE ban, originally issued in 1998; further improve management of perfluorocarbons (PFCs)
within its supply chain, with the goal of complete elimination by July 2016; conduct a trial with
five Chinese mills to determine the feasibility of public disclosure of data related to dyehouse
chemical discharges; and continue to update its chemical policy and eliminate all chemicals
determined to be hazardous as new evidence comes to light.

As part of its agreement with Greenpeace, M&S has published its Environmental &
Chemical Policy and its list of restricted substances.

“These new commitments push the boundaries of the technology used in the textile industry and
cement M&S’ position as a leader in the management of chemicals in the textile industry,” said
Mark Sumner, sustainable raw materials manager, M&S. “We’ve worked closely with Greenpeace over
the past three months to construct them and both parties agree that they will push us and our
partners to new levels of knowledge and research.”

Greenpeace initiated its Detox campaign in 2011 after it found that a number of major apparel
brands were sourcing product from textile mills in China that release toxic chemicals into public

October 30, 2012