We are working to improve traceability through the supply chain and ensure the responsible sourcing of key raw materials such as cotton, cellulosic fabrics, leather, wool, palm oil, soy, sugar, and timber as well as the fresh produce and fish that we sell. We believe that the most sustainable way to drive improvements in our supply chain is to work collaboratively with credible industry partners, NGOs such as the Worldwide Fund for Nature, as well as our global supply base.
Through Woolworths‘ flagship Farming for the Future auditing and certification scheme, we are working directly with fresh produce suppliers in South Africa to implement sustainable farming practices that use fewer natural resources, promote soil health and reduce use of synthetic fertilisers and chemicals. The programme seeks to continually improve performance through the development of individual enhancement programmes based on the farmers’ individual needs, at no extra cost to the customer.
Woolworths is also committed to only source wild and farmed seafood species from credible sources or fisheries who are either Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)/Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified, WWF-SASSI green listed or in a credible, time-bound improvement project.
We met our commitments relating to wild-caught species in 2016, and are now working towards meeting this commitment for farmed seafood by 2020.
Our goal is to ensure that we only use sustainable cotton in all our private label products by 2020. We are working closely with the Better Cotton Initiative to achieve this goal in all of our operating companies. In addition, we aim to increase the use of alternative fibres, including recycled polyester, in our garments. Woolworths is a proud supporter of the CanopyStyle Initiative which aims to eliminate deforestation from viscose and other cellulosic fabric supply chains.
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