WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2018

Sustainable timber and paper sourcing

Bunnings' annual timber supply chain survey conducted in the 2017 calendar year identified and risk-assessed 375 timber product suppliers, representing over $1 billion of purchases annually.  This survey confirmed more than 99 per cent of business-wide timber products originate from low-risk plantation, verified legal, or certified responsibly sourced forests. Within that, more than 79 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). 

Bunnings continued to collaborate with environmental non-government organisations on raising awareness of responsibly sourced timber and was the partner for FSC forums in Melbourne and Auckland.

Coles' Sustainable Timber and Paper Products Policy sets out Coles’ expectations regarding the use and supply of timber and timber pulp-based paper products for Coles own brand products. Customer receipts at all Coles supermarkets, Coles Express and liquor outlets are certified to the Forest Stewardship Council Standard. Coles has committed to working towards using only timber or paper sourced from sustainable forestry operations independently certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or recycled fibre by 2020.

Officeworks is a leading retailer of office supplies so understands the importance of sustainable sourcing of products that contain wood-fibre. Officeworks requires suppliers of paper and wood-based products to disclose detailed information, including timber species, before products can be ordered to ensure that no illegal timber enters the supply chain. In addition, Officeworks supports FSC-certified products, which promotes responsible and sustainable management of the world’s forests, providing traceability via the chain of custody process to the origin of the raw materials. During the last year, 68 per cent of all paper products sold were either FSC certified or 100 per cent recycled.

Officeworks commitment to the sustainable sourcing of wood-fibre products has enabled the business to launch Restoring Australia, an Australian-first initiative which aims to plant two trees for every one used, based on the weight of paper-based products purchased by Officeworks customers. Launched in July 2017, during the past 12 months Officeworks, in partnership with Greening Australia, has planted 197,000 trees throughout sites in Tasmania, NSW, Victoria and South Australia. This work is designed to restore degraded landscapes by planting native species that will, in turn, encourage wildlife to return and help protect seven threatened animal species around Australia. This initiative also helps landholders and farmers improve their land by re-establishing trees that provide shade and shelter for livestock. Read more about the initiative here.