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Marks & Spencer Background Marks & Spencer (M&S) is one of the UK’s leading retailers, with over 15 million people visiting its stores each week. The organization sells a wide range of stylish, high quality, high value clothing and home products, and an extensive range of foods of very good quality. Its products are responsibly sourced from suppliers that the company trusts. It is a publicly owned company with around 290,000 shareholders, many of whom are customers and present and past employees. Virtually all of its products are own-brand, allowing the organization to work with 1,900 suppliers around the world to meet its corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards. The company employs 65,000 people and has over 450 UK stores, including 43 food franchise stores. It also has a growing international presence, with 198 M&S branded franchise stores in 30 territories worldwide, and wholly-owned stores in Hong Kong and the Republic of Ireland.

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