by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2008-04-08
Sir Stuart Rose
Addressing a business breakfast meeting in support of educational charity British ORT, Marks & Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose has said one of the values of the retailer is "doing our bit in society to help people".
Sir Stuart, chief executive of the high street retailer, was speaking to 250 people along with Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor and British ORT president and former Marks & Spencer director Sir David Sieff.
Chair of the British ORT Business Breakfast and founder of Travelex Lloyd Dorfman said of the organisation: "Its very ethos has always been that education leads to self-sufficiency and these skills lead to employment. ORT is a charity which, uniquely, does not give hand-outs so much as leg-ups."
In his response, Sir Stuart said: "Marks & Spencer and ORT share the same values in terms of education and training, giving people a leg-up and doing our bit in society to help people."
Closing the breakfast meeting, Alan Goldman, chairman of British ORT commented on how the organisation's has developed based on needs. "There is no doubt that ORTs philosophy has stood the test of time. As the decades have passed, we have gone from teaching hat-cleaning in Poland in the 1920s, agriculture in the 1950s to todays focus on the ever important fields of science and technology."