So far 30 factories in the UK are taking part in the programme © John Lewis Partnership Plc
So far 30 factories in the UK are taking part in the programme © John Lewis Partnership Plc

John Lewis aiming to improve jobs at suppliers

John Lewis & Partners (JLP) has unveiled a scheme providing suppliers with online guidance and resources to improve the welfare of workers in the supply chain.

The retailer’s Better Jobs Programme is designed to “promote better jobs for the people who make our products”.

It was launched in 2018 in the UK and so far 30 factories are taking part. “We will roll out to the remainder of our UK supply base during 2019,” said JLP.

The programme involves providing guidance and resources through an online portal based on seven areas of work: growth, reward, security, job design, respect, health and wellbeing and voice.

“Suppliers complete questions on the framework about each area and can access resources highlighting both industry and John Lewis & Partners best practice examples in each area,” said JLP.

“We are also surveying employees’ views on their day to day experience of the workplace and their insights into what makes a good job. We will take these responses and, working with suppliers, use them to define the areas of activity they should prioritise, tracking progress year on year.”

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