UK's M&S 'diversity managers' give staff pronoun badges

UK's M&S 'diversity managers' give staff pronoun badges

Marks & Spencer has started giving its staff pronoun badges as part of a diversity and inclusivity initiative.

The new tags can now  include the person's name, and their chosen pronouns, options of which include: 'He/Him/His', 'She/Her/Hers', and 'They/Them/Their'.

The brand's Food PR manager David Parke shared a photo of his badge in a LinkedIn post where he said they have already 'helped start some very necessary conversations around gender identity and non-binary experiences'.

M&S said the move is a result of staff asking for the option to include gender pronouns on their name tags.

Mr Parke's post was shared two weeks ago, on International Pronouns Day. 

In it he said: 'I'm so grateful that Marks and Spencer actively encourages us to share our pronouns at work, whether on our name badges or in our email signatures.

'We introduced these new badges a few months ago (a brilliant idea from a colleague that was then implemented by Cleo and our LGBTQ+ Network).'