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 - Being a Partner video (2:14 minutes)
Partners are instrumental in all that we do, including helping to shape, manage and deliver our sustainability goals. A business like the John Lewis Partnership can set ambitious sustainability targets but it is only through successfully harnessing Partners' passion and energy that we can achieve engagement and participation across every aspect of our sustainability agenda.