Bunnings has a robust ethical sourcing and modern slavery framework which is underpinned by trading terms, sourcing policies, supplier codes of conduct, training and education. Bunnings ethical sourcing challenges in the 2019 financial year included excessive overtime within the supply chain, greenlife labour hire and cleaning contractors. Addressing modern slavery is a key focus, with the introduction during the year of the Malaysian Worker Voice Program to focus on responsible recruitment and educate factory workers on their rights.
Bunnings is confident that more than 99 per cent of its timber products are confirmed as originating from low-risk sources including plantation or verified legal or independently certified responsibly sourced forests. Within that, more than 81 per cent of all timber products are sourced from independently certified forests or from forests with demonstrated progress towards achieving independent certification, such as that provided by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). In August 2018, Bunnings revised its timber policy to require all native forest timber products to be independently certified to FSC® or other equivalent standard by the end of 2020.
For the 2020 financial year, Bunnings has identified responsible recruitment, animal welfare, responsible raw materials and emerging countries as key focus areas.