Charlotte, 23, who works at the M&S store in The White Rose Centre, Leeds and lives in the north of the city, was recognised as an outstanding individual with an incredible determination to help save energy.
Her single-handed efforts in creating the ‘socket-to-em’ initiative – where all plugs are labelled to indicate which can be unplugged overnight – have lead to a significant reduction in electrical usage for her store.
Her idea has now been adopted across all M&S stores in the UK, making a huge impact in reducing energy consumption across the country.
Charlotte was one of more than 200 M&S employees nominated for an award this year and she was presented with her award certificate at a special ‘Pride of M&S’ ceremony held in London last week, as a thank you for her efforts.
“It was a fantastic surprise to win the award.
“I am really passionate about saving energy and came up with the idea to make sure that no energy was wasted by keeping non essential appliances on ‘stand by’ overnight
“The idea is so simple and I am overwhelmed by the huge difference it has made not only to our store but to the energy consumption of M&S across the whole country!
“To to be recognised for all this by winning an award really is the icing on the cake!”
Mike Barry, M&S’s director of Plan A, said:
“These awards give us the opportunity to recognise our local ‘heroes’, to showcase our people’s stories and for them to go back to their stores and inspire others to get involved.
“The overall quality of nominations for the awards this year was outstanding, so our winners really are very special. As you can imagine, we’re very proud of Charlotte.”
The Pride of M&S Plan A Awards are now in their 14th year and reward M&S employees’ achievements in supporting their local communities through environmental, volunteer and fundraising work.
Awards are also presented for dedication to the ‘Marks & Start’ work experience programme, which aims to get local people who face barriers to employment back into the workplace.