WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2017

Connecting with our community

Target is an active supporter of its local communities, and partners with organisations that support families in need and children’s health and safety. This year Target, together with its team members and customers, contributed more than $3.0 million to local and overseas communities.

Target has proudly been the Principal Partner of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s Buddy Bags program since 2008, donating more than $80,000 in 2017 and more than $2.3 million since 2008 through the sales of co-branded reusable bags in its stores nationwide. The Foundation cares for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence and run programs that prevent violence and advocate for children’s safety and wellbeing. The Buddy Bags program supports children in emergency accommodation who have often had to leave home quickly because of a threat to their safety. The bags contain basic, essential items to help children on arrival at emergency accommodation, not only providing material aid, but also helping restore a sense of safety and security, which is one of the first steps to recovery. By funding the program and encouraging Target team members to regularly volunteer to pack and distribute buddy bags, since 2008 Target has helped deliver more than 75,000 bags across Australia.

Together with its charity partner, UnitingCare, Target donated $30,000 in gift cards to help bring relief to Queensland and New South Wales communities affected by Cyclone Debbie and her aftermath. The gift cards distributed by UnitingCare allowed people to restock on essential items from a variety of stores.

Target also supported SIDS and Kids Red Nose Day through the sales of red nose product in stores; donated of product samples to the School of Hope educational institute in Dhaka; provided collection points in stores for the Nappy Collective; contributed to matched workplace donations to Give Where You Live; and supported local communities through our Online Community Gift Card Program.

Community contributions

3.0

$m
Indirect
2017   2.4
2016   1.7
2015   2.2
2014   1.0
2013   0.9
Direct
2017   0.6
2016   1.3
2015   1.4
2014   1.5
2013   0.9