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The UK needs Biodiversity, not bio-reversity

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  • Pledged: Zero deforestation in sourcing of all key commodities across all own brand products
  • Outlined: Plans to end the use of fossil fuels, eradicate unnecessary waste and enhance nature in retail spaces
  • Revealed: WWF partnership to fund biodiversity and nature conservation projects in key sourcing regions

As the country’s direction for environmental policy continues to make headlines, the John Lewis Partnership has doubled down on its pledges to protect and restore nature with a new plan for nature. This includes a range of new commitments and initiatives to significantly reduce the impact of Waitrose and John Lewis’s commercial activity on the natural world.

Leading climate experts estimate that to limit global warming to the recommended 1.5°C, global greenhouse gas emissions must peak before 2025, and be reduced by 43% by *2030. Achieving this requires a fundamental change to the way all industries operate and the John Lewis Partnership feels passionately that investing in nature restoration across its supply chain is the most impactful way it can make a difference.

Marija Rompani, Director of Ethics & Sustainability, said: “We all know that we can’t exist without nature, it is essential for our survival and it will play a vital role in solving the problem of climate change. We can’t solve one without the other, the crises of nature loss and climate change are inextricably linked. And yet, the UK currently languishes in the bottom 10% of global countries for its abundance of nature. That’s unacceptable and given the tiny window in which we have to get this right, delaying action is simply not an option.

“This is why we’re going back to our roots and focusing our efforts on protecting and restoring nature. Whether it’s eliminating fossil fuel use across our transport operations, investing millions in conservation projects in regions where we source our products, or helping our farmers make the transition to net zero, we are acting where we can make the biggest impact. And our principles will apply to everything we sell, including our entry level Essential Waitrose and John Lewis Anyday ranges - ensuring products made with sustainable values are accessible to all our customers.”

The John Lewis Partnership new commitments: 

  • Invest £2m to fund ecosystem protection and regeneration projects in the UK and India through a new and exclusive partnership with WWF.
  • Commit to zero deforestation in the sourcing of key commodities across Waitrose and John Lewis own-brand product supply chains.
  • Ensure all key raw materials in our own-brand products will be from more sustainable or recycled sources by **2025.
  • Fund sustainable water management programmes in three key fresh-produce sourcing areas.
  • Incorporate natural elements and design principles into all key new build and renovation projects, including Build to Rent projects that the Partnership is involved in.
  • We will reduce our GHG emissions across our farm at Leckford with the aim to be net zero well ahead of our 2035 commitment.
  • Develop more rental, resale and return opportunities, with an ambition to offer more sustainable ownership options for our customers across key areas including fashion, home and technology.

Notes to Editors

Download the full report: John Lewis Partnership Plan For Nature

*https://www.ipcc.ch/2022/04/04/ipcc-ar6-wgiii-pressrelease/

**Raw materials in scope of 2025 target: timber, cotton, soya, palm oil, cocoa, feather and down and cashmere. We have extended this commitment to include polyester, leather and man-made cellulosics by 2028

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 experiment over a century ago, the Partnership is now the largest employee-owned business in the UK, with over 80,000 employees who are all Partners in the business. The Partnership is purpose-driven, existing to create a fairer and more sustainable future for our Partners, customers, suppliers and communities. Our Purpose not only inspires our principles, drives our decisions and acts as our guide to be a force for good, it steers us to do things differently and better - all in service of creating a happier world for everyone and everything we touch.

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