Responsibly source, under commodity-specific local or international programmes, roundtables, labelling or certification schemes, and/or internally developed programmes, all key commodities for private label products by 2025. A commodity is a raw material or primary agricultural product that can be bought and sold.
Key commodities for Woolworths Fashion, Beauty and Home and Country Road Group: Cotton, man-made cellulose fibres, leather, timber, synthetics, and palm oil
Key commodities for Woolworths Food: Palm oil, cocoa, coffee, soy, fish and seafood
The diverse and often complex supply chains involved in producing the food, fashion, beauty, and homeware products we sell can have significant negative social and environmental impacts. Continuously strengthening our value chains through our ethical sourcing programmes is non-negotiable, so that we can mitigate where necessary and positively influence where possible, the outcomes and impacts of manufacturing and production.
We formally commenced responsible sourcing for key commodities in 2015, and have made significant progress since then. We have done so through partnering and working with labelling and certifications schemes, such as the FSC, RSPO, BCI, and others. We aim to continue with these, and also remain abreast of and investigate any other options and technologies that may become available in future to progress our responsible sourcing and traceability journey.
Not all layers of our supply chains are certified from end-to-end through the current certification and labelling schemes we subscribe to or work with. We will need to evolve our traceability journey in line with best practice as it develops over time, and ensure appropriate investment in processes and systems that enable us to trace our commodities back to source.
More information on our performance against this goal can be found in our annual Good Business Journey Report.