M&S launches digital viscose map to boost fashion supply chain transparency.

Retail giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) has extended its digital map revealing the suppliers in its global supply chain to include information about where it sources its man-made cellulosic fibres. 

Unveiled late last week, the online tool enables users to track the origin of all MMCFs used in M&S’s fashion and homeware ranges.

It lists both raw material suppliers and factories, providing information on factory location, gender balance among workforces, and whether each factory enables staff to sit on committees or to join third-party unions.

As for raw material suppliers for MMCFs, the map provides addresses, information around what materials are involved, and the capacity volume of each location. It reveals that M&S sources raw viscose from 23 suppliers globally, the majority of which (15) are in Asia.

For ease of use by customers, investors, staff and other stakeholders, the new map has been integrated with M&S’s dashboard of existing supply chain maps. In 2016, the retailer launched the first of its digital mapping tools with a website listing the location of its beef and dairy farmers, as well as the methods of farming they are using. The project has since been expanded to cover M&S’ wool and seafood supply chains.

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