Promoting better jobs in the John Lewis & Partners supply chain

John Lewis & Partners’ innovative ‘Better Jobs Programme’ aims to promote better jobs for the people who make our products.

In 2018, John Lewis & Partners launched the Better Jobs Programme with our UK supply base. We’re using the values and expertise of the Partnership to support suppliers to provide good jobs and to develop great employees.

We will be providing our suppliers with guidance and dedicated resources through an online portal based on a new framework spanning seven areas of work: Growth, Reward, Security, Job Design, Respect, Health & Wellbeing and Voice. Suppliers complete questions on the framework about each area and can access resources highlighting both industry and John Lewis & Partners best practice examples in each area.

We are also surveying employees’ views on their day to day experience of the workplace and their insights into what makes a good job. We will take these responses and, working with suppliers, use them to define the areas of activity they should prioritise, tracking progress year on year.

We developed the programme with help from both internal and external experts as well as some of our suppliers. To date we have 30 factories participating in the programme and will roll out to the remainder of our UK supply base during 2019.