WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2018

Community support

Bunnings is committed to supporting the communities in which it operates by contributing to local, regional and national causes, charities and organisations throughout Australia and New Zealand.

During the year Bunnings stores helped raise and contribute more than $46 million through over 83,000 community activities.

A diverse range of local community organisations were supported through activities including fundraising sausage sizzles, hands-on projects, community workshops, product contributions and other local fundraising initiatives.

This included more than 26,000 activities in rural and regional communities, helping to raise and contribute over $12 million for local causes and community groups.

More than 4,000 sustainability-related activities were conducted, including more than 2,600 school visits and activities as part of Bunnings’ Schools Sustainability Program. The decade-long program provides students with the opportunity to actively participate in recycling and composting, worm farms, tree planting, native animal nest box building and grow your own gardening. This program will be expanded in the next financial year through a frog identification and pond building project run in conjunction with the Australian Museum.

Bunnings continued to support local emergency services with all stores in Australia and New Zealand getting behind the sausage sizzle at the Emergency Services Volunteers BBQ on Saturday 20 January 2018. Through the generous support of customers, volunteers and team members, over $550,000 was raised and contributed for local volunteer groups including fire brigades, SES units, St John units and Surf Life Saving clubs.

During the year Bunnings also supported Australian charity Share the Dignity’s “It’s in the Bag” Christmas campaign for the first time. From Saturday 18 November to Saturday 2 December 2017 every Bunnings store across Australia had a collection point where customers could donate a handbag filled with essential items such as pads and tampons, personal hygiene products, and everyday luxuries. During the two-week period over 107,000 bags were collected and distributed to women in the local community by Share the Dignity volunteers.

 

Community contributions

46.7

$m
Indirect
2018   41.7
2017   38.8
2016   34.2
2015   32.8
2014   30.1
Direct
2018   5.0
2017   4.4
2016   3.7
2015   3.1
2014   3.1