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Marks & Spencer aims to be an inclusive organisation, trusted and admired by our colleagues, customers and suppliers. We want every colleague to feel comfortable to be themselves, to be authentic when they come to work; and to know that M&S is a place where we welcome, understand and respect each other’s differences.

Our Buddy Network, one of M&S's seven inclusion networks, is a colleague led peer to peer online support network. It was established in 2015 to support colleagues living and working with disabilities and health conditions, whether that is physical or mental, visible or non-visible. The Network provides a safe space for our colleagues to share their journeys, ideas, personal stories, coping strategies, and top tips, as well as connect with others living and working with similar experiences. The Network strives to improve Business understanding around health conditions and disabilities, as part of the Inclusion & Diversity agenda, which encourages every colleague to bring their truest self to work.

We work with outside organisations who are experts in specific areas of inclusion and diversity, and aim to ensure that what we offer to our colleagues truly reflects the needs and interests of the communities we serve. Some of our collaborators include Business in the Community, 10,000 Black Interns, The Halo Collective, Employers for Carers, Purple Space and Valuable 500. We are also recognised as a Level 2. Disability Confident Employer. Our Sparks charities also reflect our diverse colleagues, customers and communities, and include charities such as the Albert Kennedy Trust and Black Curriculum.

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