John Lewis has unveiled plans to promote better jobs within its supplier network as part of plans to prioritise workers’ concerns.
According to Drapers, the retailer will work with 40 suppliers within the UK, trialling a model to improve performance and good practice for its workers along the supply chain.
John Lewis said the aim of the initiative was to “build the capacity of our suppliers to listen to and respond to workers’ concerns and ideas”.
If successful, John Lewis could expand the programme into more challenging sourcing regions, such as China.
The better jobs initiative includes a framework that will guide suppliers and allow John Lewis to measure performance over time, capturing insights into the changing nature of work.
It also aims to allow John Lewis to share expertise, good practice and insights, and challenge the notion of “better jobs” through insights gained from the programme and targeted research.
The announcement comes in the same year John Lewis was voted the best retailer to work for in the UK, a win that was credited to the fact it gives staff the opportunity to become partners that offered them a share of the profits.