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This report is 'In Accordance' with the GRI G4 Guidelines - Core option.  This table shows where specific GRI disclosures can be found in this online report.  The report was submitted for the GRI Content Index Service, and GRI confirmed the accuracy of the GRI G4 Content Index. 

General Standard Disclosures

GENERAL STANDARD DISCLOSURES
 
General Standard Disclosures Page
STRATEGY AND ANALYSIS
G4-1 Managing Director Welcome
ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE
G4-3 About Wesfarmers
G4-4 About Wesfarmers
G4-5 Wesfarmers head office is located at Level 14, Brookfield Place Tower 2, 123 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA 6000.
G4-6 About Wesfarmers
G4-7 About Wesfarmers
G4-8 About Wesfarmers
G4-9 About Wesfarmers, Our data, People development
G4-10 People development, Our data
G4-11 People development, Our data
G4-12 Our businesses
G4-13 About Wesfarmers
G4-14 While we do not specifically refer to the precautionary principle, we have a well-established risk management approach and cover this in relation to climate change resilience.
G4-15 Our sustainability reporting, United Nations Global Compact, Ethical sourcing
G4-16

Stakeholder engagement

We work with a range of industry associations appropriate for our operations including the Australian Packaging Covenant, the Business Council of Australia, the Carbon Market Institute, the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association, the National Retail Association, Australian Coal Association, the Queensland Resources Council, the Green Building Council of Australia, Retailer and Supplier Roundtable and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.  

IDENTIFIED MATERIAL ASPECTS AND BOUNDARIES
G4-17 Our sustainability reporting Entities included in the consolidated financial statements are available in the 2016 Annual Report. Unless otherwise stated, this report covers all businesses fully-owned by Wesfarmers.
G4-18 Our sustainability reporting, Materiality process
G4-19 GRI Table
G4-20 Our sustainability reporting Each division discloses its own material issues in 'Our businesses'.  Group data covers all fully-owned and operationally managed businesses, unless otherwise indicated.  
G4-21 All material aspects are limited to Wesfarmers, with the exception of those relating to Ethical sourcing and Scope 3 emissions.
G4-22 Any restatements of previous years' data are identified within footnotes to graphs or tables. The effects of any such restatements are not considered to be material to stakeholders. Safety, Our data
G4-23 Our sustainability reporting, Materiality
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
G4-24 Stakeholder engagement
G4-25 Stakeholder engagement
Materiality process
G4-26 Stakeholder engagement
Materiality process
G4-27 Stakeholder engagement
REPORT PROFILE
G4-28 Our sustainability reporting
G4-29 Our sustainability reporting
G4-30 Our sustainability reporting
G4-31 Feedback
G4-32 Our sustainability reporting, GRI Table, Independent assurance statement
G4-33 Our sustainability reporting, Independent Assurance Statement
GOVERNANCE
G4-34

2016 Annual Report
Corporate governance

Our sustainability reporting

ETHICS AND INTEGRITY
G4-56 Code of conduct

 

 

Specific Standard Disclosures

Economic

DMA and indicators Page number (or link) Identified omissions Reasons for omissions Explanation for omissions
CATEGORY: ECONOMIC
ASPECT: ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE
G4-DMA Community contribution      
G4-EC1

Community contribution

Our data

     
ASPECT: MARKET PRESENCE
G4-DMA Where we are      
G4-EC5 Where we are
Workplace relations
Diversity
A minimum wage applies to all our locations of operation and does not vary by gender.
     

 

Environmental

DMA and indicators Page number (or link) Identified omissions Reasons for omissions Explanation for omissions
CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENTAL
ASPECT: ENERGY
G4-DMA Climate change resilience      
G4-EN5 Climate change resilience
Reporting carbon emissions
     
ASPECT: WATER
G4-DMA Waste and water use      
G4-EN8 Waste and water use

Wesfarmers Resources measure rehabilitation responses to fire

The methodology for collecting water and waste data varies across divisions depending on availability of information.

     
ASPECT: BIODIVERSITY
G4-DMA Resources      
G4-EN11 Resources

Wesfarmers Resources measure rehabilitation responses to fire

Curragh is a residential coal mine located close to Blackwater Queensland approximately two hours west of Rockhampton. It covers an area of approximately 12,600 hectares (31,135 acres) in the coal-rich Bowen Basin. Open cut coal mining is a disruptive activity to the local environment in which the mining occurs. In order to minimise the impact of mining Curragh undertakes progressive rehabilitation. Under Curragh’s environmental licence it is required to rehabilitate land significantly disturbed by mining activities to a stable landform with a self-sustaining vegetation cover under a progressive rehabilitation program.

     
ASPECT: EMISSIONS
G4-DMA Climate change resilience      
G4-EN15 Climate change resilience

Reporting carbon emissions
     
G4-EN16 Climate change resilience

Reporting carbon emissions
     
G4-EN17 Climate change resilience

Reporting carbon emissions
     
ASPECT: EFFLUENTS AND WASTE
G4-DMA Water and waste      
G4-EN23 Water and waste

The methodology for collecting water and waste data varies across divisions depending on availability of information.

     
ASPECT: PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
G4-DMA Climate change resilience, Officeworks, Waste and water use    
G4-EN27 Climate change resilience, Officeworks, Waste and water use

In October 2016 all Coles brand seafood across canned, frozen and fresh categories were assessed as 'responsibly sourced' under the Coles sustainable seafood program.

Micro beads: Target has adopted European Union (EU) legislation for cosmetic products which is considered the benchmark for cosmetic safety and quality globally. Where there is legislation in both Australia and the EU, Target has applied the more stringent legislation while still ensuring that all mandatory Australian standards are met. The use of micro plastics or micro beads in cosmetic products has been prohibited at Target. Micro plastics have historically been used in cosmetic products as abrasives in exfoliating products or scrubbing products.

Chemicals in textile production: Target has adopted the requirements of European regulation which prohibits the use of certain chemicals in articles and sets strict limits on others. Safety manuals are available to Target suppliers outlining Target’s ongoing commitment to providing safer products. A safety-focused culture is being promoted throughout product development with a particular emphasis on early identification and mitigation of risk.

Battery safety: Target has improved coin and button cell battery safety, with warning messages now included on Target branded products and packaging. Battery compartments are also more child-proof, and replacement coin and button cell batteries are being sold in child-proof packaging.

   
ASPECT: COMPLIANCE
G4-DMA Robust governance      
G4-EN29 In this reporting period there were no significant fines. There were three non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations.      
ASPECT: OVERALL
G4-DMA Climate change resilience      
G4-EN31 Climate change resilience Environmental expenditure Not applicable Environmental expenditure is not collected as a separate item across our businesses.
ASPECT: SUPPLIER ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
G4-DMA Bunnings
Officeworks
     
G4-EN33 Bunnings
Officeworks
Impact assessments Not applicable Number of environmental impact assessments of suppliers is not collected as a separate item across our businesses.
ASPECT: ENVIRONMENTAL GRIEVANCE MECHANISMS
G4-DMA Waste and water use      
G4-EN34 There were no material grievances about environmental impacts filed through formal processes this year.      

Social

CATEGORY: SOCIAL
SUB-CATEGORY: LABOR PRACTICES AND DECENT WORK
DMA and indicators Page number (or link) Identified omissions Reasons for omissions Explanation  for omissions
ASPECT: EMPLOYMENT
G4-DMA People development
Diversity
     
G4-LA1 People development
Diversity
Breakdown of new hires/employee turnover by age group Not applicable Due to the breadth and diversity of our businesses, this data is not gathered across the Group.
ASPECT: LABOR/MANAGEMENT RELATIONS
G4-DMA People development      
G4-LA4 People development Minimum number of weeks' notice typically provided to employees and their elected representatives prior to the implementation of significant operational changes that could substantially affect them Not applicable More than 85 per cent of our workforce is covered by collective agreements which stipulate minimum number of weeks' notice provided. This varies depending on individual circumstances for employees not covered by collective agreements.
ASPECT: OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
G4-DMA Safety        
G4-LA6 Safety   Breakdown of LTIFR, TRIFR and workers compensation claims by gender. The region is considered Australia and New Zealand unless otherwise stated.

Occupational diseases rate and absentee rate.

Safety data for fixed term contractors in the supply chain where the majority of the team members employed are contractors (e.g. distribution centres where we hire team members through employee hire programs), however we do not include contractors who are engaged in maintenance and consultancy work.

Not applicable Due to the breadth and diversity of our businesses, this data is not gathered across the Group. We have no reason to believe that safety data varies by gender.
ASPECT: TRAINING AND EDUCATION
G4-DMA People development      
G4-LA10 People development      
ASPECT: DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
G4-DMA Diversity      
G4-LA12 Diversity

People development

Our data
Our directors' ages are disclosed in the Annual Report.
     
ASPECT: EQUAL REMUNERATION FOR WOMEN AND MEN
G4-DMA Diversity      
G4-LA13 Diversity Aggregate ratio Not applicable Given the diversity of our businesses, remuneration data is examined by job level, rather than in aggregate.
ASPECT: SUPPLIER ASSESSMENT FOR LABOR PRACTICES
G4-DMA Ethical sourcing      
G4-LA15 Ethical sourcing      
SUB-CATEGORY: HUMAN RIGHTS
ASPECT: INVESTMENT
G4-DMA Ethical sourcing      
G4-HR2 Ethical sourcing Percentage of employees trained Not applicable Given the breadth of our businesses, human rights training is not relevant to all our employees so a percentage is not meaningful.
ASPECT: FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
G4-DMA Ethical sourcing      
G4-HR4 Ethical sourcing

Kmart joins partnership to improve wages in factories
     
ASPECT: CHILD LABOR
G4-DMA Ethical sourcing      
G4-HR5 Ethical sourcing      
ASPECT: FORCED OR COMPULSORY LABOR
G4-DMA Ethical sourcing      
G4-HR6 Ethical sourcing      
ASPECT: SUPPLIER HUMAN RIGHTS ASSESSMENT
G4-DMA Ethical sourcing      
G4-HR11 Ethical sourcing      
SUBC-CATEGORY: SOCIETY
ASPECT: PUBLIC POLICY
G4-DMA Anti-bribery policy      
G4-SO6 Political contributions

Australian Electoral Commission
     
ASPECT: ANTI-COMPETITIVE BEHAVIOR
G4-DMA Stakeholder engagement    
G4-SO7 In August 2014 the ACCC alleged that information sharing arrangements between Informed Sources and various petrol retailers including Coles Express had the effect or likely effect of substantially lessening competition in markets for the sale of petrol in Melbourne. In December 2015, the case against Coles Express was settled when Coles Express entered into an Undertaking with the ACCC, agreeing not to renew its contract with Informed Sources when it expired in April 2016.    
ASPECT: COMPLIANCE
G4-DMA Suppliers      
G4-SO8 Significant fines: nil

Minor fines: 331 fines totalling $291,059

Non-monetary sanctions - 3
     
SUB-CATEGORY: PRODUCT RESPONSIBILITY
ASPECT: CUSTOMER HEALTH AND SAFETY
G4-DMA Product safety      
G4-PR1 Product safety  Percentage of product categories Not applicable Health and safety impacts are considered by divisions where relevant but are not measured as a percentage of product categories across the Group.

The following information relates to Coles only:
  • Quality Attribute Sheet Quality Checks performed on 2,850 products at Store Support Centre.
  • Arrival checks conducted nationally across distribution centres for Produce – 173, 151 checks
  • Arrival checks conducted nationally across distribution centres for chilled products – 53,589 checks

    Coles Surveillance testing program
  • Allergens – 935 checks
  • Chemistry – 192 checks
  • Imported foods – 5,156 checks
  • Microbiology – 6,215 checks
  • Residue testing - 37,386 checks
  • Organic products (residue testing) - 7,605 checks
  • Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) – 433 checks
  • Non-food – 341 checks
  • Simply less / Artificial colours – 598 checks
Speciation – 165 checks

There are currently no specific legislative requirements in Australia governing the restrictive use of chemicals in the production of apparel or home textiles. Target has adopted a number of apparel/textile aspects of the European Community Regulation on REACH 1907/2006 Annex XVII.

A Chemical Policy has been drafted and sections covering Formaldehyde, Azo Dyestuffs and nickel have been phased in. Target is also monitoring the remaining restricted substances listed within the policy.

Ingestion of Button Batteries by young children continues to cause chronic injuries and tragic loss of life, and Target has responded quickly to this issue by improving coin and button cell safety and educating customers. Warning messages now appear on products and product packaging, battery compartments have improved kid-safe security and replacement coin and button cell batteries are being sold in kid-safe packaging whilst placed higher on store shelves to minimize access to children.
ASPECT: PRODUCT AND SERVICE LABELLING
G4-DMA Product safety, Coles, Officeworks, Target      
G4-PR3 Product safety, Coles, Officeworks, Target Percentage of product categories Not applicable Product labelling is addressed by divisions where relevant but is not measured as a percentage of product categories across the Group.

As part of our strategy to deliver quality affordable products to our customers, we regularly review and improve our Coles Brand range. We have invested in developing the Coles Food Manufacturing Supplier Requirements to support suppliers in demonstrating compliance and traceability. Since its introduction in 2014, Coles has on boarded nearly 300 supplier factories, with over 100 of these now certified. Last year, CFMSR audits were conducted at 296 supplier sites.

Coles engaged with the Federal Government to provide input into the development of the new country of origin labelling system. We are currently making preparations to roll out new labelling across our suite of Coles Brand products.  Health Star Rating front of pack nutrition labelling has now been rolled out to more than 1500 Coles Brand products.

We are making preparations to launch SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) to streamline ethical compliance and monitoring, and provide efficiencies to our suppliers. SEDEX will facilitate risk assessment and an information sharing platform for social compliance audits to maintaining visibility and drive consistency across our supply chain

Target has been a leader in implementing industry initiatives related to battery safety including providing the ACCC Battery Controlled Fact Sheet inside the Target branded coin cell/button cell battery pack, working to develop a common Wesfarmers QA perspective, presenting at an Australasian College of Emergency Medicine forum and participating in the ACCC facilitated industry working group tasked with developing an Industry Code for Button Battery Safety.
ASPECT: MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
G4-DMA      
G4-PR6 Responsible sale of alcohol and gaming

Spirit Hotels and Gaming

Investment in coal assets
  • Coles was required to withdraw certain honey in Tasmania due to the products being prohibited from sale in that state due to quarantine restrictions
  • Coles was required to withdraw various trout and salmon products in Tasmania due to the products being prohibited from sale in that state due to quarantine restrictions
  • Coles was required to withdraw various tobacco products from stores nationally due to the products not complying with mandatory information standards
  • Coles was required to withdraw various produce items from South Australia due to the products not complying with quarantine restrictions in that state
  • Our divisions elected to withdraw various crayon products from stores nationally due to the potential presence of asbestos which is a breach of import restrictions
   
ASPECT: COMPLIANCE
G4-DMA Robust governance      
G4-PR9  Nil      

GRI Reference: G4-EN27, G4-EN29, G4-EN34, G4EC-5, G4-32