Have you seen the video by Chris Packham talking about grouse shooting and lead levels in shot grouse? Have a look.
Many are asking questions of M&S ahead of their AGM tomorrow – so should shareholders and investors. Here are some questions:
- if M&S have an industry-leading Code of Practice for game meat – why can’t we customers see it? Why did M&S intimate that the RSPB had seen it when the RSPB are quite clear that they haven’t? Why is this industry-leading Code of Practice a special secret between M&S and the grouse shooting industry as represented by the Game (and Wildlife)(Conservation)(Trust)?
- why has M&S ignored all questions about lead levels in the grouse they intend, apparently, to sell? Have they required their suppliers to use non-toxic ammunition? Apparently not. Have they said they will test their grouse meat for lead levels and publish the results? No, they haven’t. Have they expressed any concern or confidence in the lead levels in the meat they intend to sell? Not a thing.
- why has M&S not disclosed the name of the estate they will use to supply their grouse? It’s hardly a vote of confidence in the supplier is it if they refuse to mention their name?
M&S are brazening it out on grouse meat. They have not addressed legitimate concerns from customers and so they have lost me as a customer, Chris Packham as a customer, and many others as customers. The shareholders ought to be asking tomorrow whether this lack of consumer confidence can possibly be worth it when the profits to be made from selling a few grouse will be negligible.
Shareholders and investors should ask whether this is a business decision or a decision made for other reasons. What might those reasons be? Are they good reasons? Do they bring into question M&S’s decision-making process?