John Lewis has announced plans to setup a framework with suppliers to promote better jobs.
The retailer will work with 40 suppliers within the UK to trial a model to create better mechanisms within the supply chain to listen to workers’ voices.
John Lewis said the aim of the framework was to “build the capacity of our suppliers to listen to and respond to workers’ concerns and ideas”.
If the trial is successful, John Lewis plans to expand the programme to more challenging sourcing regions, such as China.
The initiative is split into three areas:
- A better jobs framework that will guide suppliers and allow John Lewis to measure performance over time to capture insights into the changing nature of work.
- A better jobs community to allow John Lewis to share expertise, good practice and insights and allow the retailer to learn from its supplier base.
- Testing and challenging the notion of “better jobs” through insights gained from the programme and targeted research.
Also this week, John Lewis, along with Marks & Spencer and Vodafone, have joined Adidas, PwC, BT and ITV in signing up to former education minister Justine Greening’s social mobility pledge.
The former education secretary launched the social mobility pledge in Parliament in March with the aim of building a ”coalition of the willing” within the business community to tackle social mobility throughout the UK.
The pledge commits businesses to help people from all backgrounds and promote a level playing field. The pledge is split into three steps: supporting those from disadvantaged backgrounds; partnering with schools and colleges as well as other bodies to offer structured work experience or apprenticeships; and having an open employee recruitment process.