John Lewis chair Dame Sharon White: ‘Making a profit is a passport to doing good’

Sharon White

John Lewis Partnership boss Dame Sharon White has doubled down on comments that businesses should not let social and environmental goals distract them from making profits.

The partnership’s chair faced criticism from some quarters following a speech to the Resolution Foundation think tank last month.

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