WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2018

Collaborating with other businesses, government and non-government organisations

Collaboration with industry-wide initiatives, government and non-government organisations is an important part of managing modern slavery risks and our businesses have programs in place. For example:

  • Bunnings is a founding member of the European DIY Retailer Association (EDRA) DIY Platform and played an active role this year in developing the mutual recognition program and collaborating in investigating and resolving modern slavery risks identified with common suppliers. This platform links DIY Hardware retailers together to share ideas on leading practice in ethical and sustainable sourcing;

  • Bunnings worked with Elevate and the Responsible Business Alliance during the year on a worker voice program in Malaysia sponsored by the Walmart Foundation. The program educates workers on their rights, engages factory managers to empower workers and focuses on responsible recruitment to mitigate forced/bonded labour which is prevalent within the region;

  • Kmart and Target have continued their participation in the ACT living wage collaboration, a ground-breaking agreement between global brands and retailers and trade unions to transform the garment, textile and footwear industry by achieving living wages for workers through collective bargaining at industry level linked to purchasing practices;

  • Kmart, Target and Workwear Group, along with other brands and global unions, have signed an extension of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh to 2021;

  • Bunnings, Officeworks and Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety businesses gain access to several Australian and world-leading businesses as part of their Sedex membership. Bunnings joined the Sedex audit quality working group to strengthen audit firms, SMETA reporting and analytics to identify collaborative opportunities with a focus beyond compliance. By attending member events, the businesses are able to connect and share insights into ethical sourcing with other brands, retailers and suppliers;

  • Wesfarmers, Kmart, Target and Bunnings are involved within the Global Compact Network Australia’s Modern Slavery community of practice sessions, providing feedback and guidance on the recent modern slavery legislation and guidance documentation;

  • Bunnings, Officeworks and Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety businesses support the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA). Its mission is to govern and improve the standards and techniques used within the social auditing space. Governing this area enables auditors to reliably identify and remediate risks; and  

  • Workwear Group is a certified member of Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA), an accreditation body that works collaboratively with local textile, clothing and footwear companies manufacturing in Australia. The ECA voluntary accreditation program offers practical and affordable assistance to these businesses, and ensures that their Australian supply chains are fully transparent and legally compliant.