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Sustainability at Wesfarmers

Wesfarmers has been committed to creating value for its shareholders, employees and communities for more than a century

Long-term value creation is only possible if we play a positive role in the communities we serve. At Wesfarmers, sustainability is about understanding and managing the ways we impact our community and the environment, to ensure that we will be creating value in the future.

We acknowledge that the world is changing. Climate change is here. Increased weather volatility, more frequent extreme weather events, higher average temperatures and drier climates all have the potential to impact our operations and supply chains. The changes have already affected people all over the world and will continue to have serious implications for our customers, the community and the economy. These are risks we are managing because investing in Australia’s response to climate change will deliver significant economic, social and environmental benefits for us all.

Wesfarmers is committed to minimising our own footprint and to delivering solutions that help our customers and the community do the same. We endeavour to continuously improve our performance and publicly report on our progress in our annual sustainability report.

Our performance in 2016

Wesfarmers has recorded an 11 percentage point increase in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) to score 82 out of 100, the highest score Wesfarmers has ever received.

The DJSI annual review is based on a thorough analysis of Wesfarmers' economic, social and environmental performance. The assessment recognises Wesfarmers as a global leader in sustainability, with our strongest performance in the areas of health and nutrition, environmental policy, information and cyber security and labour practice indicators and human rights.

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This year, we are proud of our progress in the following areas: 

Our total recordable injury frequency rate was 33.4 which is 15.2 per cent lower than last year.

We have worked to promote diversity in our workplaces, with more than 3,300 employees identifying as Indigenous.

We have improved the transparency of our supply chain with more than 3,200 factories in our audit program.

Directly and through support from our customers and team members, our community contributions exceeded $110 million.

We reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by more than two per cent in the last year and decreased the emissions intensity of our business by 30 per cent since 2012.

We acknowledge that we can always do better.

  • While Wesfarmers’ workforce is made up of 55 per cent women and 45 per cent men as at 30 June 2016, a key opportunity for the Group is to increase the percentage of leadership positions held by women.
  • Despite our efforts, ongoing reduction in waste disposed and water use is hard to maintain as our businesses continue to grow. We will continue to seek opportunities to do this. 
  • We will continue to focus on ethical sourcing, especially supply chain transparency. Strengthening our relationships with suppliers ensures that we can contribute positively in this area.
With a diverse range of autonomous businesses, setting targets at a Group level is impractical and, consistent with financial performance metrics, we assess performance at a divisional level. Each business sets its own internal targets appropriate to its operations. To see our sustainability metrics over time with a breakdown by division, click here.
GRI Reference: G4-15, G4-17, G4-18, G4-20, G4-23, G4-28, G4-29, G4-30, G4-32, G4-33. G4-34