WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2017

Community partnerships and support

Partnerships

Coles supports national and local charities with financial contributions, fundraising, food donations and disaster relief. For the 2017 financial year, Coles’ direct support totalled close to $55 million with an additional $8.9 million contributed by customers, team members and suppliers.

Coles' support for national cancer charity, Redkite, reached a significant milestone during the year with more than $24 million raised since our partnership began in 2013. 

During the year, more than 40 Redkite and Coles ‘Dare to Dream’ scholarships were awarded to young people across the country whose lives have been impacted by cancer. Since 2013, over 150 scholarships have been offered.

Coles' national partnership with SecondBite supports Australians who do not have access to safe, regular and affordable food. Over 670 Coles Supermarkets donate fresh produce and bakery items to communities across Australia, with a total of 23 million kilograms donated since our partnership began in late 2011. Together, Coles Supermarkets and Liquor team members, as well as customers, raised over $1.5 million during the year to help SecondBite provide nutritious food to people in need.

Coles supported Guide Dogs Australia with a record $1.2 million raised by Coles customers and team members last financial year, taking Coles’ total contribution to more than $8.2 million since 1982.

In the lead up to ANZAC Day, Coles ran a national fundraising campaign, raising more than $950,000 for Bravery Trust. Since 2014, Coles has raised more than $5.2 million for the national charity, which provides financial support to current and former members of the Australian Defence Force and their families.

Coles Express supported the Cancer Council, raising more than $600,000 during the year for cancer research, education and support services. Through regular payroll giving, Coles Express team members also contributed to Red Dust Role Models, which helps deliver healthy living programs to remote Indigenous youth. Over the last four years, 37 team members have volunteered their time delivering the programs, encouraging Indigenous youth to learn more about health, and inspiring them to live healthier lifestyles.

Disaster relief
Coles has a strong history of supporting the communities in which it operates. During the year, Coles team members supported relief efforts linked with Cyclone Debbie. Supporting Red Cross disaster relief and recovery work, Coles donated $100,000 and raised over $60,000 through fundraising for disaster-affected communities and farmers across NSW and Queensland.

Through the Coles Nurture Fund, the company also extended $150,000 in direct financial assistance to five suppliers severely impacted by Cyclone Debbie.

Community contributions

63.8

$m
Indirect
2017   9.0
2016   7.8
2015   7.2
2014   7.4
2013   5.2
Direct
2017   54.8
2016   43.9
2015   36.5
2014   30.5
2013   33.2