Mike Barry Head of Sustainable Business at Marks and Spencer

Mike is Head of Sustainable Business at retailer Marks & Spencer. He was part of the small team that developed the company's groundbreaking Plan A, the 180 point programme to address a wide range of environmental and social issues. Plan A aims to make M&S the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015. He helps provide the vision and the energy to affect change and ensure a leading but efficient approach to sustainability across the company. He deals with issues as diverse as sustainable fish sourcing, chemicals in products, labour standards in factories, animal welfare, food miles, privacy and data protection, genetic modification, fair trade, wood sourcing, community investment, cotton sourcing and climate change. His working life is broadly divided into three parts. Listening to and prioritising stakeholder expectations of Marks & Spencer, integrating them into corporate strategy and working with shops, business units and suppliers to deliver more sustainable products and wider business activity. Prior to joining Marks & Spencer in 2000, he worked as an environment manager in the engineering sector and as an environmental consultant. He is a chemistry graduate from Sheffield University.