Norbert Dentressangle partners with Marks & Spencer on 'Plan Bee'

In a joint environmental initiative with major customer, Marks & Spencer, beehives have been installed at a number of the sites Norbert Dentressangle operates for the retailer.

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The pollination function that bees perform is crucial in maintaining balance in the natural environment and food chain. However, the bee population is in decline due to threats from disease, parasites and loss of natural habitat.


In line with Norbert Dentressangle’s environmental commitment and Marks & Spencer’s Plan A initiative, beehives were installed at sites in Warrington, Sheffield and Neasden last summer, with teams of Norbert Dentressangle volunteers receiving classroom and apiary field training to learn to care for their colonies, each comprising around 36,000 bees.


In addition to the Norbert Dentressangle sites, staff at a further five M&S distribution centres across the UK have also learned bee keeping skills to house apiaries on site as part of Plan A, M&S’ commitment to becoming the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015. It is hoped that by the end of summer 2012 the initiative will increase the bee population by one million.


John Mitchell, General Manager at Norbert Dentressangle’s Hardwick and Kingsland sites in Warrington, said: “This is a wonderful initiative which enables us to support the local environment as well as providing our staff with the opportunity to learn new skills. After establishing the colonies last year, we are now looking forward to being able to collect honey for the first time which we intend to sell to employees. All proceeds will then go to the Sports and Social Committee which supports a number of employee-nominated charities locally.”


Richard Gillies, Director of Plan A at Marks & Spencer, said: “M&S works closely with its suppliers to help us to achieve our Plan A goals and we are thrilled that our distribution centres across the UK have taken this step to benefit their local area.”


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