John Lewis is the first retailer to join Prince of Wales’ Terra Carta for a sustainable future

The John Lewis Partnership has become the first retailer to sign up to HRH The Prince of Wales’ Terra Carta, which forms part of HRH’s Sustainable Markets Initiative, and puts nature, people and planet at the heart of global business.

Launched in January, the Terra Carta lists 10 action articles for the decade and aims to provide an integrated roadmap towards an inspiring, inclusive, equitable, prosperous and sustainable future for the sake of present and future generations. It will harness the power of nature, combined with the transformative power, innovation and resources of the private sector.

The John Lewis Partnership has pledged its support. This includes becoming net zero carbon across its entire operation by 2035. This will be achieved by removing fossil fuels in its transport fleet by 2030; heavy goods vehicles will be converted to biomethane gas by 2028; and all own-brand packaging across Waitrose and John Lewis will be widely recyclable, reusable, or home compostable by 2023.

John Lewis will lead a ‘made to last’ movement to ensure products can be “loved for longer”, with all categories having a ‘buy back’ or ‘take back’ solution by 2025. All key raw materials in own-brand products will also be from sustainable or recycled sources by then too.

HRH The Prince of Wales said: “The more companies that sign up to the Terra Carta, the greater its capability will be to drive the change we so desperately need. I can only encourage more people to join this urgent call to arms.”

Sharon White, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, added: “HRH The Prince of Wales has made an outstanding contribution to global environmental preservation and protection for over 40 years and we are proud to support his latest initiative.

“The Terra Carta reinforces the Partnership’s commitment to sustainability and we’re pleased to be the first retailer to support. It will help galvanise our work to put the environment at the heart of what we do.”