WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2017

Wesfarmers' contribution to education and community

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In 2017, Wesfarmers entered into a new partnership with WA Parks Foundation.

Wesfarmers has long-term partnerships with a number of leading not-for-profit organisations in the education and community sector, because we believe that a strong, cohesive community is important for everyone.

Curtin Business School

Wesfarmers has partnered with Curtin University in Western Australia to create a dynamic and innovative courtyard area as part of the transformation of the Bentley campus into an innovation precinct. The development, named 'Wesfarmers Court', has revolutionised the northern entrance to the university and has become a central point for student engagement events.

The newly created courtyard provides students, staff and the wider community with access to a technology-filled environment and the flexible outdoor business and study-focused facilities encourage industry collaboration with the Curtin community.

General Sir John Monash Foundation

The General Sir John Monash Foundation was established in 2001. Its purpose is to address major challenges facing our nation by identifying and nurturing scholars – the John Monash Scholars – who are likely to be Australia’s future leaders.

Wesfarmers has partnered with the Foundation to provide a scholarship for an outstanding student to study at a postgraduate level overseas. As Australia’s most prestigious postgraduate scholarships, they recognise academic excellence, leadership and likely future contribution to Australia.

In 2017, the second Wesfarmers John Monash scholar was announced - Timothy Delport. Timothy is studying for a DPhil in Engineering Science at Oxford University, exploring opportunities to reduce barriers to the adoption of geothermal energy.

Leadership WA

Wesfarmers is a major and long-standing partner of Leadership Western Australia, supporting its key objective to champion those who make a difference. Those who enroll with Leadership WA come from diverse backgrounds, roles and levels of experience. Through their immersive programs, Leadership WA instils the courage, skills and tenacity in our leaders to make an impact and create stronger communities in Western Australia and beyond.

Mission Australia

Mission Australia’s goal is to reduce homelessness and strengthen communities, helping disadvantaged Australians get back on their feet.

In Western Australia, Wesfarmers is helping Mission Australia achieve this through its support of the Youth Withdrawal and Respite Service, a facility directed at young people in Western Australia.

Surf Life Saving WA

Surf Life Saving in Western Australia (SLSWA) is a volunteer based, not-for-profit community service association, providing essential educational and emergency rescue services to all users of Western Australian beaches. SLSWA plays a fundamental role in building healthy communities.

For almost 10 years, Wesfarmers has supported SLSWA through the Wesfarmers Lifesaver Jetski Teams. These emergency response services operate in rural and metropolitan locations across Western Australia and have become an integral part of their local communities.

Last year, Wesfarmers agreed to a new partnership with SLSWA, increasing the funding amount to engage, develop and train new club volunteer jetski services.

Teach for Australia

In 2017, Wesfarmers entered into a new partnership with Teach for Australia, part of a global movement dedicated to breaking the cycle of disadvantage through teaching and leadership in education. Wesfarmers is supporting Teach for Australia as a cornerstone partner in Western Australia, helping to increase its scale and deepen its impact within schools serving low socio-economic communities.

The Fathering Project

The Fathering Project is a program based at The University of Western Australia that seeks to inspire and equip fathers and father figures to be better in order to improve the development outcomes for children.

Wesfarmers is partnering with The Fathering Project to support its schools’ program, which aims to develop fathering groups in primary schools across Western Australia. The program includes workshops and resources for fathers, supported by a range of project activities for fathers (or father figures) and their children.

The University of Western Australia (UWA)

Wesfarmers has partnered with UWA to establish a perpetual Chair in Australian History, the first fully privately-funded position of its kind in Australia. Professor Jane Lydon was appointed to the inaugural position.

Wesfarmers has been a long-term supporter of UWA, and this collaboration is designed to boost the study of Australian history at both tertiary and secondary levels, especially from a West Australian perspective.

WA Parks Foundation

Western Australia has a spectacular network of national parks, with millions of visitors each year. Wesfarmers has entered into a three-year partnership with WA Parks to celebrate, promote, protect and enrich these parks for our local community.