All our suppliers, service providers and franchisees, whatever their location, are bound by the Woolworths Code of Business Principles. All our suppliers are regularly assessed against it.
This means that the quality of their workmanship has to be the highest, their workforce has to be treated fairly, and that any negative impact their operations might have on the environment is minimised.
Clothing’s 2010 compliance target was 90%, but 89% was achieved, a good improvement from 2009, but still slightly below our objective, largely due to challenges in the engagement of international suppliers.
Food targeted a 95% compliance with the supplier code of Business Principles for 2010 and achieved 95, 5% compliance over a two-year audit cycle.
Bakkavor is receiving an award for their water saving initiatives, their eco-friendly water heating installation, and the use of filtered factory wastewater to irrigate nearby farmland.
Fair Cape is receiving an award for their carbon footprinting study, and for their plan to recover fats and oils from their wastewater to generate power.