Statement from the Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership on Ukraine

Wednesday 2 March 2022



I am deeply distressed by the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine - innocent people losing their lives, their loved ones, their homes, and families being separated. 


Today, the John Lewis Partnership is making a first donation of £100,000 to the British Red Cross directly in support of their Ukraine Crisis Appeal. This will help provide food, water, medicine, warm clothing and shelter to those whose lives have been torn apart by this invasion.


The Partnership will also match donations from customers and our Partners (employees) up to £150,000 through this link. 


My thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and everyone affected by this terrible war.  We all share a common humanity and all conflicts - near and far - strike at the heart of our values.


Sharon White

Partner & Chairman


About the John Lewis Partnership

The John Lewis Partnership owns and operates two of Britain's best-loved retail brands - John Lewis and Waitrose. Started as a radical idea nearly a century ago, the Partnership is the largest employee-owned business in the UK and amongst the largest in the world, with approximately 80,000 employees who are all Partners in the business. For all intents and purposes, the Partnership is a social enterprise; the profits made are reinvested into the business - for customers and Partners. John Lewis operates 34 shops plus one outlet across the UK as well as Waitrose has 331 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 59 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. Our omnichannel business includes the online grocery service,, as well as specialist online shops, including for wine and for plants and flowers.


John Lewis Partnership

Gillian Taylor
Partner & Head of External Communications