John Lewis and Waitrose partners to be seconded to FareShare

Partners from John Lewis and Waitrose will be seconded for up to six months within FareShare, improving their day-to-day operations to address food poverty and reduce food waste. The partnership takes place via the John Lewis Partnership’s volunteering programme – The Golden Jubilee Trust (GJT) which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. “When the power of big business turns its attention to delivering major social change then great things can happen. This is why FareShare are thrilled to be supported by the John Lewis Partnership as the expertise and focus…

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John Lewis Partnership helps break the language barrier

The John Lewis Partnership is helping customers feel more at home by helping them identify Partners at Waitrose and John Lewis stores that speak their language. Launching in November, the scheme will help identify the different languages that Partners speak, giving customers from different backgrounds the opportunity to engage in their native tongues. The scheme will launch with an initial 20 badges* and among others include French, Spanish, Polish, Hindi, Punjabi and Sign**, with more languages set to be added depending on demand from Partners and customers. The initiative will…

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John Lewis and Waitrose join with FareShare to host Christmas dinners for vulnerable people across the UK

More than 1000 people across the country have been invited to enjoy a festive feast hosted by Waitrose & Partners and John Lewis & Partners, as part of the retailers’ campaign to bring people together this Christmas.  Food redistribution charity, FareShare, has nominated more than 50 charities to take part, ranging from homeless hostels to lunch groups for the elderly. Over the next two weeks the charities, the people they support and volunteers will come together to enjoy a Christmas dinner served by Partners  from John Lewis and Waitrose. Some…

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High-street chains and retailers including LEON, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Waitrose and Morrisons join new innovative pilot to tackle single-use plastic

Plastic pollution campaigning organisation, City to Sea announces the launch of a new ambitious pilot with retailers, independents and high-street chains including LEON, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Pret, Costa, Morrisons, ASDA and Waitrose to champion refillable solutions in a bid to cut pollution caused by single-use packaging. The pilot, launched this week, is the first of its kind and a natural step in the planned expansion of their award-winning Refill campaign, which already connects over 250,000 app users with 30,000 Refill Stations across the UK where they can fill up their…

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Waitrose makes canny move with removal of plastic on bestselling staple foods

Waitrose is trialling the removal of plastic on thousands of multibuy cans as it continues to remove and reduce single use plastic.  The plastic wrap, which is used to keep three or four cans attached for convenience,  will be entirely removed from some of the retailer’s canned vegetables. The move will save 18 tonnes of plastic* that cannot currently be recycled.  The top four bestselling staples were prioritised for the plastic removal as they sell in the largest quantities, including: essential Waitrose baked beans, chopped tomatoes, plum tomatoes and sweetcorn.…

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