WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2017

Bunnings Australia and NZ stakeholder engagement

Throughout the year, Bunnings team members collaborated with a range of government stakeholders on state and national awareness initiatives. This involved working closely with authorities to educate communities on locally relevant emergency preparation and disaster response measures.

Bunnings supported the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management’s Get Ready Week, aimed at raising awareness of how households can prepare for emergencies such as floods, storms, earthquakes, tsunami and volcanoes. In-store displays, information tables and D.I.Y. Workshops were provided to help kids and families engage with the campaign.

The business continued to work with state governments to actively support bushfire and extreme weather preparedness initiatives in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. Community education campaigns included NSW Rural Fire Service’s Get Ready Week and the Victorian Government’s Powerline Bushfire Safety Program. Bunnings also supported the Victorian CFA’s Smoke Alarm Campaign which saw CFA brigades deliver important smoke alarm safety messages to customers in selected stores.

In Western Australia, Bunnings supported the Water Corporation’s Waterwise Garden Rewards Program, which enabled Water Corporation customers to redeem more than 11,000 Waterwise products from stores across the state. Water Corporation also ran D.I.Y. Waterwise Irrigation Workshops at selected stores, providing advice to customers on saving water in the garden.

As part of the NSW Ageing Strategy, Bunnings worked with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services to develop in-store and online advice on how to better equip homes for independent and assisted living. Pilot D.I.Y. Workshops commenced in four metro Sydney Bunnings Warehouses in May 2017, complemented by comprehensive online resources.

During Asbestos Awareness Month in November 2016 Bunnings Australian stores supported a number of initiatives including the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute’s ‘Betty the Asbestos Education House’ which was hosted at 14 stores in the Northern Territory and South Australia. In Queensland, Bunnings supported the Queensland Department of Justice’s asbestos awareness campaign by displaying flyers in all stores and inspectors attending selected stores to talk to customers about home renovations. In New South Wales all stores displayed New South Wales Government flyers on asbestos awareness in the D.I.Y. area.