John Lewis Partnership Announces New Sustainable Commitments

Published on: 04 October 2022
by KnowESG
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With a new plan for nature, the John Lewis Partnership has doubled down on its pledges to protect and restore biodiversity. It comprises several new commitments and initiatives aimed at reducing the environmental impact of Waitrose and John Lewis' commercial activity.

According to leading climate experts, global greenhouse gas emissions must peak before 2025 and be reduced by 43% by 2030 to restrict global warming to the suggested 1.5°C. To do this, a fundamental shift in the way all businesses function is required, and the John Lewis Partnership believes that investing in nature restoration across its supply chain is the most significant way it can make a difference.

Marija Rompani, Director of Ethics & Sustainability, said: 

“We all know that we can’t exist without nature, it is essential for our survival, and it will play a vital role in solving the problem of climate change. We can’t solve one without the other, the crises of nature loss and climate change are inextricably linked. And yet, the UK currently languishes in the bottom 10% of global countries for its abundance of nature. That’s unacceptable, and given the tiny window in which we have to get this right, delaying action is simply not an option.

“This is why we’re going back to our roots and focusing our efforts on protecting and restoring nature. Whether it’s eliminating fossil fuel use across our transport operations, investing millions in conservation projects in regions where we source our products or helping our farmers make the transition to net zero, we are acting where we can make the biggest impact. And our principles will apply to everything we sell, including our entry-level Essential Waitrose and John Lewis Anyday ranges - ensuring products made with sustainable values are accessible to all our customers.”

The commitments include:

  • Invest £2 million to fund ecosystem protection and regeneration projects in the UK and India through a new and exclusive partnership with WWF.

  • Commit to zero deforestation in the sourcing of key commodities across Waitrose and John Lewis own-brand product supply chains.

  • Ensure all key raw materials in our own-brand products will be from more sustainable or recycled sources by 2025.

  • Fund sustainable water management programmes in three key fresh-produce sourcing areas.

  • Incorporate natural elements and design principles into all key new build and renovation projects, including Build to Rent projects that the Partnership is involved in.

  • Reduce GHG emissions across our farm at Leckford to be net zero well ahead of our 2035 commitment.

  • Develop more rental, resale, and return opportunities with an ambition to offer more sustainable ownership options for our customers across key areas, including fashion, home, and technology.

Source: John Lewis Partnership

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