Responsible development

With ambitious retail development plans for our John Lewis shops, a series of new acquisitions for Waitrose, and planned refurbishments of our existing shops, the Partnership is committed to ensuring that our properties are designed to suit their surroundings, are built responsibly and operate sustainably, helping to keep our environmental footprint in check.

Intelligently designed and responsibly built environments lower our long-term operating costs and support our strategic goal to grow efficiently.

Our approach to Responsible Development is particularly distinctive, effective and more likely to succeed because of the energy and passion of our Partners. We have also had invaluable help, advice and support from a number of our key suppliers and specialists.

Working with one of the UK's leading sustainable development charities, Forum for the Future (, the Partnership first developed a framework for delivering sustainable construction in the retail sector in 2007.

Our Partners and suppliers are more aware of the environmental impact of our work and we now acquire, design, build and maintain our buildings more sustainably.

Our targets and commitments

We have identified 10 long-term objectives that are supported by a series of aims and targets:

1. Minimise our use of carbon
2. Stop waste
3. Plan and build considerately
4. Save water
5. Choose and use materials wisely
6. Collaborate and innovate to find
new solutions and better ways
7. Deliver great shops for our customers
8. Create healthy workplaces
9. Enhance community well-being
10. Think and act responsibly

We have made great progress against our responsible development targets. To find out more read our Sustainability Review.

Download the 2013 Responsible Development Framework (PDF: 4MB) to find out more about our approach.

Responsible Development website

In 2013, we launched a new website that provides news and updates on the Responsible Development Framework. Visit