WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2017

Bunnings Australia and NZ

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Bunnings team members Stella Frederica, Arun Shanmugam, Hashni Perera, Connie Harman and Zachary Murphy at the Bunnings Warehouse in Mentone, Victoria

Bunnings is the leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products in Australia and New Zealand and a major supplier to project builders, commercial tradespeople and the housing industry.

At year-end Bunnings employed more than 40,000 team members and operated a network of 249 large warehouse stores, 77 smaller format stores, 33 trade centres and three frame and truss manufacturing centres.

Bunnings defines sustainability as being actions that are socially responsible and environmentally aware and economically viable. Highlights during the year included the installation of solar photovoltaic systems at a further nine warehouses and the supply of the first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified Merbau/Kwila timber decking into New Zealand stores in January 2017. The continued focus on waste reduction produced strong results along with increased recycling initiatives for batteries, plastic pots and paint.

Bunnings Australia and New Zealand focused on the following material issues during the year:

  • Ensuring that we maintain good support internally and within the wider community to grow our community involvement in a sincere, localised and meaningful manner;
  • Maintaining strong processes to ensure product sourcing continues to meet or exceed the requirements of local and global standards;
  • Maintaining and, where feasible, increasing our current levels of water conservation, waste reduction and recycling (on a like-for-like site basis) and finding new ways to reduce our reliance on grid-sourced energy, with a view to achieving further cost-effective reductions in our overall carbon footprint; and
  • Maintaining a positive safety performance trend as we continue to grow our business, increase our store network and employ more team members.

GRI: 102-9, 102-10