The John Lewis Foundation was established in 2007 to benefit communities in the UK and overseas within which John Lewis operates. The Foundation seeks to advance general charitable purposes through independent ventures and by working with other organisations with whom we share a vision or interest.

Guiding principle

The current focus of the Foundation is to invest in disadvantaged communities that support the John Lewis business throughout the world, helping them to acquire the relevant skills required for meaningful employment

Our Founder

When our founder John Spedan Lewis set up the Partnership, he was careful to create a governance system.  Set out in our Constitution, the governance system is both commercial - allowing us to move quickly to stay ahead in a competitive industry - and based on democratic principles, giving every Partner a voice in the business they co-own.  Our Constitution underpins our charitable objectives.  As well as seven guiding principles, it also contains rules to ensure fairness and transparency for the Partnership's employees (known as Partners) and those who work alongside the Partnership.  The Partnership aims to be a responsible member of the community, and favours supporting charities close to the locations in which it operates and trades.



What we do

The John Lewis Partnership is a visionary and successful way of doing business, boldly putting the happiness of Partners at the centre of everything it does. It's the embodiment of an ideal, the outcome of nearly a century of endeavour to create a different sort of company, owned by Partners dedicated to serving customers with flair and fairness.


The John Lewis Foundation's aims are embedded in the Partnership's Constitution:



Contributing to the wellbeing of communities where we operate (Principle 7)



Dealing honestly with customers and securing loyalty and trust (Principle 5)



Building relationships with suppliers based on honesty, fairness, courtesy and promptness, and ensuring our suppliers respect the wellbeing of their employees, their local communities and the environment (Rule 95)



Taking all reasonable steps to minimise any detrimental effects on the environment and promoting good environmental practices (Rule 108)

Who we are

The John Lewis Foundation was established in 2007 with the primary aim of supporting the communities in which John Lewis' suppliers operate throughout the world.  Since inception it has supported many projects, from a girls' school in the area of India from which many of our handmade rugs come, to supporting farmers to grow more sustainable cotton for John Lewis products, and further training young people in the necessary skills to help revive the UK textiles industry.

Although historically the Foundation has focused most of its support on overseas projects, in 2016 the Trustees decided the time was right to review the Foundation's strategy.  The Trustees agreed to focus on investing in disadvantaged communities that support the John Lewis business, both in the UK and worldwide, to acquire the necessary skills to obtain meaningful employment. The Foundation has involved Partners from across the business to help decide how best to spend this money and, as a result, receives regular requests through Partners as well as directly from charitable organisations.


Sean Allam

Chair of Trustees



Registered name: John Lewis Foundation 

Registered office: 171 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5NN 

Registered number: 06058796

Charity number:  1118162