When our founder, John Spedan Lewis, set up the Partnership, he made it both commercial and democratic. He also signed away his personal ownership rights to allow future generations of employees to take forward his 'experiment in industrial democracy'. Our structure gives our management the freedom to be entrepreneurial and competitive in the way they run the company, while giving Partners the rights and responsibilities of ownership through active involvement in the business.
Watch a short film of Partners explaining why our business is different:
- Watch the Being a Partner video (2:14 minutes).
- Watch the Being a Partner video with subtitles (2:14 minutes).
Partners are instrumental in all that we do, including helping to shape, manage and deliver our sustainability goals.