Principle 1: 'The Partnership’s ultimate purpose is the happiness of all its members, through their worthwhile and satisfying employment in a successful business.'
The John Lewis Partnership will be 100 years old in the year 2028. While that is still over a decade away, we have been focussing on how best to prepare our business now for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. These include issues such as the proliferation of technology, resource scarcity, climate change, and health and wealth inequality. We have been considering their impact on society, our workplace and the retail environment.
Taking a long-term perspective helps us to have a clear view of what we need to do to stay successful in the coming years. These pages set out our thoughts and strategies in response to these trends.
Our founder, John Spedan Lewis, was committed to establishing a 'better form of business'. Through the Constitution – first written in 1928 – he left clear guidelines for his successors. He wanted to ensure the values that had motivated him to create the Partnership would not be eroded with the passage of time.
Our Constitution includes seven Principles which are the foundation of our business. They are accompanied by a set of rules, rights and responsibilities - to each other and to those outside our business. Our approach to responsible business today is centred on five of these key Principles and Rules: