The enterprise, which owns and operates Waitrose and John Lewis, has launched a brand new ‘Plan for Nature’ detailing measures to reinforce nature and scale back waste throughout its provide chains and past.
Detailed within the plan is a brand new pledge to eradicate deforestation within the provide chains of all key commodities for own-brand merchandise. This pledge builds on an present ambition to make sure that all key uncooked supplies in own-brand merchandise are from recycled or sustainable sources by 2025. That covers timber, cotton, soya, palm oil, cocoa and cashmere. The identical pledge can also be in place, with a 2028 deadline, for polyester, leather-based and man-made cellulosic fibres akin to modal and lyocell.
Also reiterated within the plan is the enterprise’s dedication to making sure that at the least half of its recent meals come from areas which can be managing water use responsibly by 2030. This now supported by a dedication to pilot three sustainable water administration programmes in key sourcing areas.
Additionally, John Lewis Partnership acknowledged its intent to carry agricultural course of emissions from its Leckford farm in Hampshire to net-zero by 2024. The farm produces meals for the Leckford property’s store and catering retailers and for the retailer’s shops. It has already begun implementing regenerative farming practices. To meet net-zero, the Partnership has acknowledged, additional regeneration and restoration might want to occur.
Learnings from the farm might be rolled out throughout the provision chain. John Lewis Partnership has pledged that every one of its UK provider farms might be working at net-zero emissions by 2035. Competitor Morrisons notably pledged final yr to solely use farms licensed as net-zero when sourcing merchandise and substances from British suppliers by 2030.
John Lewis Partnerships’ director of ethics and sustainability Marija Rompani mentioned it’s “unacceptable” that the UK is ranked within the backside 10% of nations globally for nature abundance and that “delaying action is simply not an option”.
Partnerships for change
Revealed within the plan is a brand new partnership between John Lewis Partnership and WWF. The partnership will see the retail big investing within the NGOs nature safety and regeneration initiatives within the UK and India, with an preliminary backing of £2m.
In the UK, the funding will assist WWF’s work in Norfolk. John Lewis Partnership has acknowledged that India and Norfolk are “key” sourcing areas for its own-brand merchandise.
Waitrose was one among 5 UK supermarkets to hitch a brand new ‘Retailers Commitment to Nature’ from WWF at COP26 final yr. Along with Tesco, Sainsbury’s, the Co-op and M&S, it dedicated to halving the character and local weather influence of meals techniques this decade.
Another partnership detailed in John Lewis Partnership’s Plan is with the National Oceanography Centre. The enterprise will assist analysis into the degradation of plastic, assessing how lengthy the method takes, the toxins launched and the influence on ecosystems and animal well being.
The plan is underpinned by an ambition of John Lewis Partnership turning into the primary British enterprise to set verified, science-based targets for nature as quickly because the framework turns into out there. The Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) launched new steering for corporations seeking to account for land-based emissions removals final month. Science-based targets for nature have been in improvement on the Science Based Targets Network since May 2021.
Rompani added: “It’s no exaggeration. The vital resources provided to us by nature are under serious threat. We’re not only committed to doing more, we’re prepared to do everything we can to protect and restore our planet.”
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