John Lewis unveils new sustainability pledges to “protect and restore nature”

The John Lewis Partnership has doubled down on its pledges to “protect and restore” nature and reduce the impact of its commercial activity on the natural environment.

The company has committed to zero deforestation in the sourcing of key commodities across Waitrose and John Lewis own-brand product supply chains.

It is also investing £2 million to fund ecosystem protection and regeneration projects in the UK and India, through a new and exclusive partnership with WWF.

The retail giant plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions at its Leckford farm in Hampshire, with the aim to become net zero ahead of its 2035 commitment.

Moreover, by 2025, John Lewis will ensure that all key raw materials in its own-brand products will be from more sustainable or recycled sources.

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John Lewis will also develop more rental, resale and return opportunities, with the retailer recently launching its first womenswear rental platform, powered by online rental specialist HURR.

Further commitments include funding sustainable water management programmes in key fresh-produce sourcing areas and incorporating natural elements and design principles into all key new build and renovation projects.

“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,” John Lewis Partnership Director of Ethics & Sustainability Marija Rompani said.

“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.”



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