Governance

When John Spedan Lewis set up the Partnership, he created a Constitution (PDF 1.98MB). This clearly defines how the business, and individual Partners, are expected to behave towards customers, suppliers, the environment, the wider community and each other. Our governance arrangements continue to provide a sound system of internal control. They ensure we keep pace with the rapidly changing external environment while staying true to our Constitutional commitments.

Keith Williams
Keith Williams, Non-Executive Director and Chair of The Corporate Responsibility Committee

Our Corporate Responsibility Committee

Our Corporate Responsibility Committee is chaired by an independent Non-Executive Director, and comprises an additional Non-Executive Director, two Elected Directors, an independent advisor and the Partners' Counsellor. 

Dame Fiona Reynolds, external independent member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee says: 'We've worked hard this year to establish an integrated approach and clear vision for corporate responsibility across the whole Partnership, and we are now working towards its implementation'.

The Committee is responsible to the Board for the oversight of the Partnership's Corporate Responsibility Policy and objectives. It ensures these are consistent with the Partnership's obligations under the Constitution towards Partners, customers, suppliers, competitors, the environment, and communities in which we operate. It also makes sure that our policies and objectives are effective in safeguarding the Partnership's corporate reputation.

'We've worked hard this year to establish an integrated approach and clear vision for corporate responsibility across the whole Partnership, and we are now working towards its implementation'
Dame Fiona Reynolds

In 2016/17, the Committee held four meetings and was engaged in the following activities:

  • Organising Framework: Much of the Committee's energy this year has been focused on oversight of the development of a single Partnership CR Organising Framework, which will help the business to develop its Corporate Responsibility strategy to support the Partnership's business plan. See our approach for further detail.
  • Narrative reporting: The Committee reviewed and endorsed this report and Human Rights & Modern Slavery Report 2016/17 incorporating the Partnership's Modern Slavery Act Statement.

 

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Managing Corporate Responsibility

Divisional Management Boards, supported by steering groups and committees, are responsible for ensuring our Corporate Responsibility (CR) Policy is implemented within each division. The Partnership's dedicated CR team is responsible for developing our CR strategy, policies and objectives. With its technical knowledge and expertise, this team supports the divisional teams and the wider business, providing guidance and support to deliver a wide range of projects and initiatives.




Report & Accounts

See our Annual Report & Accounts for further information