Social impact

Our Founder established the Partnership to be a force for good in society. We are driven to make a difference to people’s lives and create positive social impact, using the skills and resources within the Partnership to support where help is needed.

 

It's important we understand the complexity of societal issues and provide the right support to communities so we can make the most difference.

OUR STRATEGY

Our Founder established the Partnership to be a force for good in society. We are driven to make a difference to people’s lives and create positive social change. We strive for beneficial impact, using the skills and resources within the Partnership to support where help is needed. 

 

We invest in our communities to create opportunities that promote a fairer and more inclusive society. This may be via monetary donations, as gifts ‘in kind’, through strategic relationships with charities that resonate with our brands and customers, or through our Partner volunteering hours and active engagement with local communities. 

 

We are proud of the relationships we have in our shops with local charities and community organisations, strengthened by our local network of Community Leads and Community Liaison Coordinators.

OUR PARTNERSHIPS AND PROGRAMMES

We have several partnerships with national charities such as:

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FareShare Go

 

Our work with FareShare on our surplus food redistribution programme known as FareShare Go enables our shops to support thousands of frontline charities. Since 2017 we have donated 1,537,610 kg of surplus food, which equates to over 3,661,050 million meals donated.

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Give A Little Love

 

Our Give A Little Love campaign was launched for the 2020 festive season. It raised £3m for families supported through two charities - FareShare and Home-Start. We have now pledged to donate a further £2m to these charities which has allowed us to begin phase two of the campaign, responding to the needs of more families in 2021 as the impact of Covid-19 continues. The next phase of the campaign kicked off in February 2021 with a ‘Farm to Family’ initiative, a new trial to redirect food surplus from the farms that supply Waitrose straight to Britain's most vulnerable families. Find out more 

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The Golden Jubilee Trust

 

The Golden Jubilee Trust is the Partnership’s flagship volunteering programme, through which Partners have the opportunity to volunteer full-time for up to six months at a charity of their choice while remaining on full Partnership pay and benefits. The Golden Jubilee Trust was set up in 2000 as a registered charity by the John Lewis Partnership to celebrate our own Golden Jubilee.  

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The John Lewis Foundation

 

The John Lewis & Partners Foundation is an independent charity established in 2007 to benefit communities in the UK and overseas in which John Lewis operates. You can find out more about the Foundation here and in our Ethics & Sustainability Progress Report.

The Trussell Trust

 

The Trussell Trust and Waitrose have worked together since 2011 when customer donation points were installed in stores for customers to donate ambient goods they had purchased in store to local food banks. There are currently approximately 180 collection points linked to food banks within this network, which provide typically around 400 tonnes of donations each year - a vital and steady supply of food and other items.

 

British Red Cross

 

Over the past fifteen years, we have donated almost £1million to the British Red Cross. Our money helps support emergency relief efforts, including the response to recent UK floods. In 2016 we became a member of the organisation's Disaster Relief Alliance, broadening our support to help fund preparedness work.

 

The Prince’s Countryside Fund

 

Waitrose has supported The Prince’s Countryside Fund since its foundation in 2010, benefitting from the sale of Duchy Organics products at around £3m per year. The Fund’s purpose is to support rural communities in the face of emergencies such as flooding, and to reduce isolation.