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John Lewis

Is John Lewis a sustainable furniture brand?

Within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Furniture sector, John Lewis is a below benchmark brand due to its low score.

We still encourage John Lewis to apply for Ethical Accreditation even though it has not yet met our minimum Ethical Benchmark. The Good Shopping Guide would provide John Lewis with a thorough evaluation and some suggestions on how it can raise its Ethical Rating.

To see how other brands within the Ethical Furniture sector compare against John Lewis, you can visit the Furniture Ethical Ratings Table. Our Ratings Table can help you to find out more about the criteria that a brand has to meet so that it can reach our minimum Ethical Benchmark.

Before submitting an application for Ethical Accreditation, The Good Shopping Guide encourages all brands to follow in the footsteps of our top-rated brands and introduce more ethical procedures.

What does John Lewis receive a top rating for?

For our Environmental Report category, The Good Shopping Guide awards John Lewis with a top rating.

John Lewis Partnership has a recent Ethics & Sustainability Report. Within its report, John Lewis shares its targets on waste and climate action, as well as evidence of progress it has made.

John Lewis also receives a top score for Armaments and Political Donations due to its lack of negative records.

What does John Lewis receive a middle rating for?

Unfortunately, John Lewis reviews a bottom rating for its Timber Sourcing Policy. John Lewis has a Timber Policy Summary which rules out illegal logging and vaguely specifies that all timber has to be from sustainable or recycled sources by 2055. It also has a target for 2023 for all sources to meet its ‘better’ or ‘best’ criteria which includes recycled or FSC/PEFC-certified timber.

John Lewis is awarded a middle score for this category as it does have clear targets but they are not ambitious.

What can John Lewis do to improve its score? 

John Lewis’s score within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Furniture sector is the result of a calculation of multiple ethical criteria.

Even though it currently has a below benchmark score, The Good Shopping Guide still encourages John Lewis to get in touch and apply for Ethical Accreditation. That way we can offer it some guidance on how to improve and become one of our most ethical furniture brands.

Could your Furniture brand benefit from Ethical Accreditation?

The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables can show you which other brands within the Ethical Furniture Sector have received our ethics and sustainability certification. If you would like more information, contact us or fill out a rapid initial sustainability assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Nuclear Power


  • Timber Sourcing Policy


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations


  • Human Rights


  • Human Rights+



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Other Criticisms


= GSG Top Rating = GSG Middle Rating = GSG Bottom Rating