WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2017

Timber and paper procurement

Bunnings 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.

In 2016, Merbau/Kwila timber supplier PT Wijaya Sentosa became the first large scale Indonesian forest operation to achieve FSC certification. Since January 2017, all stores in New Zealand have stocked FSC certified Merbau/Kwila timber decking, with Australian stores beginning to stock FSC certified Merbau/Kwila decking in selected locations.

Bunnings continued to collaborate with environmental non-government organisations on raising awareness of responsibly sourced timber and participated in a case study in the WWF International Report entitled Responsible Sourcing of Forest Products: The Business Case for Retailers.

Officeworks continues to responsibly source products with wood and fibre content. In the past 12 months, Officeworks’ forestry questionnaire has been incorporated into its product registration process. This ensures all products with wood and fibre content registered for sale by Officeworks have met a set of sourcing requirements that ensure there is no illegal timber in the supply chain. In the last year, 61 per cent of products sold with wood or fibre content were obtained from 100 per cent recycled or FSC certified sources. 

The transparency and quality of forestry product data has enabled Officeworks to develop and launch the Restoring Australia initiative. The core premise of this initiative is to plant two trees for every one tree used, based on the weight of paper and wood used in office supplies products sold to Officeworks’ customers. Officeworks has partnered with Greening Australia to plant the trees in degraded Australian landscapes. The goal is to restore damaged parts of the Australian landscape for a variety of reasons, including the reversal of the decline in the number of threatened species in these areas. 

During the year, customer receipts at all Coles Supermarkets, Liquor and Coles Express outlets were certified to the FSC standard to complement Coles’ ongoing commitment to sustainable paper products. Coles' aim is that by 2020 all Coles Brand timber, pulp based paper and pulp based tissue products will be made with certified timber and paper.