OPINION: EDITORIAL - Responsibility is not a new concept

In the same week as Marks & Spencer suffered further blows to its

public image, another veteran of the high street, the Co-operative

movement, is seeking to improve its profile.

Proving that corporate social responsibility is hardly a 'new' concept,

the Co-op is looking to remind the general public of its heritage as a

caring organisation. Nowadays, with loyalty cards, creches and computers

for schools, every retailer is trying to do their bit.

Ethos has a brief to remind the public that the Co-op was first to offer

shoppers and staff benefits such as open membership and a slice of its


Meanwhile, M&S is closing 38 stores across Europe, creating redundancy

on a mass scale - hardly a caring image for a modern organisation.

Perhaps M&S should be taking a corporately responsible leaf out of the

Co-op's book.

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