WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2018

Bunnings

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Bunnings team member Emily McCormack with students at Catherine Fields Preschool, Gregory Hills, New South Wales.

Bunnings is the leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products in Australia and New Zealand and a major supplier to project builders, commercial tradespeople and the housing industry.

At year-end Bunnings employed more than 43,000 team members and operated a network of 259 large warehouse stores, 78 smaller format stores, 32 trade centres and three frame and truss manufacturing centres.

Bunnings defines sustainability as being actions that are socially responsible, environmentally aware and economically viable.

In 2018 solar PV systems continued to be installed at a further nine stores, taking the total number of stores with solar PV systems to 23 by the end of financial year, covering more than 25,000 square metres of roof area.

During the year Bunnings stores helped raise and contribute more than $46 million through over 83,000 community activities in Australia and New Zealand. Highlights included Share the Dignity’s “It’s in the Bag” campaign, which saw 107,000 bags filled with hygiene products collected at Bunnings stores for women experiencing homelessness and domestic violence, and the Emergency Services Volunteers BBQ, with over $550,000 raised and contributed for local emergency services groups in Australia and New Zealand.

Bunnings focused on the following material issues during the year:

  • Accelerating energy reduction through more renewable energy installations and lighting efficiencies.
  • Providing more information and education and drive more product initiatives to help customers make sustainable living choices.
  • Further increasing our efforts to reduce supply chain resource waste and achieve greater packaging and transport efficiencies.
  • Continuing to work closely with suppliers to maintain ethical supply chains.
  • Maintain positive safety performance improvement momentum.