This website details the sustainability performance of Wesfarmers Limited (ABN 28 008 984 049) and its wholly owned subsidiary companies'1 for the year ended 30 June 2019 (unless otherwise specified). It presents how we performed, the value we created and our plans for the future, focusing on those material issues that matter most to us, our stakeholders and our business.
For over 100 years, Wesfarmers has been focused on the long term. Since Wesfarmers publicly listed in 1984, our core objective has been to deliver satisfactory returns to shareholders.
We believe it is only possible to achieve this over the long term if we manage our businesses in a sustainable manner and this means managing and understanding the impact we have on people and the environment, and playing a positive role in the communities we serve.
Wesfarmers seeks to minimise our footprint and to deliver solutions that help our customers and the community do the same. We are committed to making a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate through strong partnerships and by providing direct and indirect employment. We endeavour to continuously improve our performance and publicly report on our progress and challenges.
At Wesfarmers, sustainability is a critical, board level, governance and strategic issue. Management is responsible for assessing and managing sustainability risks and opportunities and both the Board of Wesfarmers and the divisional boards have oversight of these risks and opportunities.
This website is aimed at a broad range of stakeholders including team members, customers, suppliers, investors, lenders, community members, governments and opinion formers in the fields of sustainability and business responsibility.
Our previous reports can be viewed here.
The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) tracks sustainability performance of leading companies around the world. In 2019, Wesfarmers was one of only eleven retail companies worldwide to be included in the DJSI World Index, one of only four retail companies in Asia Pacific to be included in the DJSI Asia Pacific Index and one of only two retail companies in Australia to be included in the DJSI Australia Index. A summary of DJSI's latest assessment of Wesfarmers sustainability performance can be found here.
All dollar figures are expressed in Australian dollars (AUD) unless otherwise stated.
All references to ‘Indigenous’ people are intended to include Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
Wesfarmers demerged 85 per cent of Coles on 28 November 2019. Coles has provided all of the Coles related data for the 2019 financial year data. It has not been independently verified by Wesfarmers. Please see Coles' website at colesgroup.com.au for more information.
1A full list of entities included in Wesfarmers’ consolidated financial statements can be found here.
GRI Standards reference: GRI 102-20, GRI 102-29, GRI 102-31, GRI 102-32, GRI 102-49, GRI 102-50, GRI 102-51, GRI 102-52, GRI 103-2, GRI 103-3