Mike Barry is an established and innovative sustainable change maker for businesses. As former Marks and Spencer’s sustainability director, Mike implemented his ground-breaking program, ‘Plan A’ and delivered £750m of net business benefit in ten years. This was named ‘Plan A’ as he states there is no Plan B for the one world we have.
The success of ‘Plan A’ became a platform to influence the wider business sector to adopt more sustainable business practices. During his time at Marks and Spencer’s, Mike worked on developing ‘Plan A’ to create strategic value for the business. This included brand differentiation, operational efficiency, revenue growth, supply chain resilience and employee motivation. Additionally, there was the creation and support of the formal Governance structure to underpin the implementation of ‘Plan A’ and the annual preparation of the M&S sustainability report. This led to the evolvement of ‘Plan A’ becoming a Change Management Programme.