The Annual Report and Accounts and sustainability report addresses performance and progress against its material sustainability issues alongside a consideration of current and future trends and what they mean for the business.
John Lewis Partnership has launched its 2016 Annual Report and Accounts which includes a sustainability performance review, accompanied by a more detailed online sustainability report. The reports consider what the world will be like in 2028, 100 years from when the Partnership’s Founder, John Spedan Lewis, took over the business from his father and transferred ownership of the Company into a trust for the benefit of his staff. Trends considered include the proliferation of technology, resource scarcity, climate change, and health and wealth inequality and their impact on society, the workplace and the retail environment.
At www.johnlewispartnership.co.uk/csr the Partnership reports on its material sustainability issues, its targets, priorities and achievements in 2015/16, reflecting on what the trends will mean for the way it operates its business. Underpinning its approach to Responsible Business is its Constitution – a set of Rules and Principles first produced in 1928 by its Founder. These cover responsibilities to customers, suppliers, the environment and communities and include ‘Principle 1’ at its centre – ‘the happiness’ of its employees or ‘Partners’.
The Partnership has strengthened its governance arrangements with the appointment of a sub-committee of the Board – the Corporate Responsibility Committee. This Committee is chaired by a Non-Executive Director and will make recommendations to the Board in respect
Inaugaural human rights report – available at www.johnlewispartnership.co.uk/csr/human-rights