From its origins in 1914 as a Western Australian farmers’ cooperative, Wesfarmers has grown into one of Australia’s largest listed companies with headquarters in Western Australia. Its diverse business operations include: supermarkets, department stores, home improvement and office supplies; coal production and export; chemicals, energy and fertilisers; and industrial and safety products. Wesfarmers is Australia’s biggest private sector employer with more than 200,000 employees across the businesses.
Wesfarmers diverse business operations impact their communities and environment in many ways. Creating value over the long term requires taking into account the impact the company has on stakeholders.
Wesfarmers aims to operate our businesses in accordance with our 10 community and environmental impact principles relating to five areas of people, sourcing, community, environment and governance:
We will maintain a relentless focus on providing safe workplaces.
We strive to create an inclusive work environment, with particular attention to gender diversity and the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We are committed to strong and respectful relationships with our suppliers.
We will strive to source products in a responsible manner while working with suppliers to improve their social and environmental practices.
We will make a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate.
We will work constructively with governments and their agencies.
We will strive to improve the emissions intensity of our businesses and improve their resilience to climate change.
We will strive to reduce our waste to landfill and water use where possible.
We will maintain robust corporate governance policies in all our businesses.
We will regularly and openly listen to our stakeholders.