The John Lewis Partnership

An Honorary WorldBlu certified Freedom-Centered Workplace™

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In 2017, for the first time, WorldBlu gave an honorary certification as a Freedom-Centered Workplace to an organization that has made a significant contribution to the Freedom at Work global movement. The John Lewis Partnership has a reputation built on the principles of organizational democracy and freedom. The organization has made a sizeable democratic “footprint” on the world through its substantial influence and positive impact on others. Finally, they have been in business for nearly 100 years, proving that freedom and democracy in the workplace leads to sustainability and resilience. The John Lewis Partnership's 86,700 Partners own the leading UK retail businesses - John Lewis and Waitrose.

Industry: Retail Type: Employee-Owned
Years on the WorldBlu List: 2017

Why Freedom at Work™

The John Lewis Partnership aims to deliver a culture of advocacy, trust, empowerment and engagement, where leaders encourage, listen to and act upon Partner opinion to create a better business. Democratic vitality is at the heart of the Partnership. Although not a strategic objective in itself, it anchors our future aspirations, so it is important that we place focus and energy behind it.

- Jane Burgess, Partners’ Counsellor, John Lewis Partnership