WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2018

Coles

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Coles team member Brenda at Coles in Malvern, Victoria

Coles provides fresh food, groceries, general merchandise, liquor, fuel and financial services through its national store network and online channels.

It operates a national network of 809 supermarkets, 711 convenience outlets, 899 liquor stores and 88 hotels. During FY18, an average of 21.7 million customer transactions were recorded each week across the Coles businesses.

Coles employs more than 112,000 team members1 across Australia.

Coles focussed on the following sustainability issues during FY18:

Supporting farmers, suppliers, community and team members:

  • Supporting Australian farmers, producers and growers;
  • Partnering with the community;
  • Strengthening diversity and inclusion;
  • Prioritising health, safety and wellbeing; and
  • Providing a secure and rewarding workplace for team members. 

Offering customers great products:

  • Sourcing ethically, with a focus on human rights;
  • Sourcing responsibly, with a focus on animal welfare and the environment;
  • Ensuring quality, safe products; and
  • Promoting health and nutrition.

Reducing environmental impacts:

  • Minimising waste and promoting recycling;
  • Championing sustainable packaging; and
  • Using energy efficiently and reducing greenhouse emissions.

On 15 March 2018 Wesfarmers announced its intention to demerge its Coles division, subject to shareholder and other approvals. 

1Store and employee numbers are at 30 June 2018.