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John Lewis Partnership plc Sustainability Review 2014

OUR PRODUCTS AND SUPPLIERS CONTINUED Sustainable products continued

Timber and Paper

“Our timber database is a valuable tool in enabling transparency throughout all stages of our supply chains and, working closely with our suppliers, allows us to identify opportunities for accessing more sustainable sources of timber and paper.”

Julie Cowling, Assistant Buyer, Living and Dining Furniture

In 2012, at John Lewis and Waitrose, we updated our timber and paper sourcing policy to include a sustainability-rating table and introduced a new timber database, so that our buying teams could work with suppliers to evaluate performance and identify opportunities for improvement. All suppliers are required to complete a questionnaire providing detailed information about their timber sources to ensure legality under the EU Timber Regulations.


At John Lewis, our target is for 100% of our own-brand wooden products to come from certified sustainable or recycled sources by year-end 2015/16 and by year-end 2014/15 for paper products. Over the past two years we continued to train buyers internally and have worked externally with our supply base to help suppliers continuously improve and help remove any barriers upstream to sourcing from certified and recycled sources. Our focus for 2014 will be to identify any gaps in our supply chains and continue to offer guidance in support of our targets.

Cotton and Textiles

John Lewis is a signatory of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan led by waste-reduction agency WRAP, who will measure and report the environmental ‘footprint’ of clothing throughout its life, and work with signatories to take action to reduce the impact.

Baseline data across the sector has been collected which will not only enable the signatories to identify and agree targets for carbon, water and waste, but also to identify initiatives to support them, such as the use of lower-impact textiles, recovering material at the end of life and extending the life of clothing. We aim to incorporate these findings into our own action plan to reduce the environmental impact of our clothing.

“ Being members of the Better Cotton Initiative means being part of a collective movement that promotes better cotton farming practices, and will enable us to access the market for more sustainable cotton.”

Martyn White, Manager, Sustainable Living, John Lewis

John Lewis has become a member of the Better Cotton Initiative.

We have a target to source 25% of cotton from more sustainable sources by the end of 2015/16 and 50% by the end of 2020/21 against a 2012/13 baseline. We are developing a sustainable fibre guide to define what we mean by ‘sustainable sources’ and help buyers identify opportunities to source more responsibly. In addition, we have become members of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), with a view to switching more of our cotton over to these sources.

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