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John Lewis Partnership plc Sustainability Review 2014


Community investment continued For us, investment is about more than money. We reinvest Partner skills into the community which in turn supports Partner development. We also develop supplier communities overseas.


Our Community Matters scheme reached its fifth anniversary, this year donating more than £4 million of our profit to supporting good causes in our communities.

Bringing Skills to Life In September 2013, John Lewis launched its primary school education programme, ‘Bringing Skills to Life’. Through this programme, we aim to inspire children and develop their imagination and practical skills. The programme launched with three themes – Design and Make; Cook and Share and Storytelling, providing schools and parents with free resources across all primary age groups in the form of lesson plans and supporting activity cards. Schools local to a John Lewis shop can also request that a Partner run one of the programme’s three workshops. We launched with the ambition of having 1,000 schools registered in the first year. More than 1,500 schools are now actively involved in the scheme.


“ The National Literacy Trust is delighted to support John Lewis’s pioneering new community programme, it’s fantastic that John Lewis is leading the way with the rollout of a practical skills programme that will help improve literacy at the same time.”

John Lewis raised £165,000 for Save the Children through proceeds from the sales of merchandise, including the popular Bear and the Hare book.

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust

In celebration of our 2013 Christmas campaign – The Bear and The Hare – we developed three additional activity cards and added an online gallery, where schools and parents could upload their pupils’ or children’s work. In 2014, we will add a fourth theme – Technology and Innovation – as well as content to celebrate John Lewis’s 150th anniversary.

Our Foundations

The Waitrose Foundation, established in 2005, and the John Lewis Foundation, set up in 2010, provide financial and practical support for a wide range of projects in supplier communities.

Operating in South Africa, Ghana and Kenya, the Waitrose Foundation supply chain initiative supports educational, social and healthcare projects. In 2014, a Department for International Development match-funded project will increase employment prospects for 500 unemployed and seasonally employed 18–28 year olds in the South African agricultural sector through dedicated theoretical and practical training.

The John Lewis Foundation is working with Cotton Connect on a ‘more sustainable cotton’ programme in Gujarat, India over a three-year period. The programme aims to educate farmers and build fibre capacity among smallholder cotton farmers in India, through economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially acceptable production principles. Since the programme began in 2011, we have worked with approximately 1,500 farmers, bringing almost 9,000 metric tonnes of cotton to the market. We have successfully incorporated fibre from this project into a range of bath mats, and are looking at opportunities to roll this out into other product areas.

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The Waitrose Way Golden Jubilee Trust Bringing Skills to Life The Waitrose Foundation

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