Bunnings UK and Ireland ethical sourcing and product safety
The countries and communities from which it sources products are very important to Bunnings UK and Ireland and it is committed to ensuring the products it sells come from legal and sustainable operations, with good working conditions and fair treatment of people. A Bunnings Group approach was adopted as of July 2017, to ensure all buyers across all countries are aligned.
Working closely with suppliers to strengthen sourcing practices is a key focus. While its direct-sourced supplier base expanded 14 per cent, all suppliers were screened through the Bunnings Ethical Sourcing Program.
Bunnings also continues to proactively engage with suppliers to ensure adherence to product safety standards. As part of this, Bunnings conducts regular product audits to ensure conformance with relevant mandatory standards, and in addition undertakes independent safety tests on selected product to confirm compliance to safety standards and customer expectations.
In November 2016, Bunnings Group became a key signatory to the European DIY Retailer Association (EDRA), linking DIY retailers together to share ideas on best practice in ethical and sustainable sourcing. This is an important step in ensuring we maintain ethical supply chains across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
During the year, Bunnings UK and Ireland commissioned two separate independent risk assessments: the first on timber supply chains; and the second on a small selection of key high-volume product lines to identify risks and opportunities in primary, secondary and tertiary materials. Further work is now being undertaken on a responsibly sourced program for quarried sources.
Since 1992 Bunnings Group has been a retail participant in the WWF Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN), a program established to encourage markets to responsibly source forest products and progress beyond legality, towards credible certification.
Bunnings UK and Ireland is confident that more than 99 per cent of timber products are confirmed as originating from low risk sources including plantation, verified legal, or certified responsibly sourced forests. Within that, more than 85 per cent of its total timber products are sourced from independently certified forests or sourced with demonstrated progress towards achieving independent certification, such as that provided by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).