People and Transformation

We are committed to the long-term transformation of our workforce and our supply base. As a group of iconic southern hemisphere brands, Woolworths Holdings Limited believes that we have something unique to offer our people and is committed to promoting diversity in all forms through building a culture of inclusion that embraces the differences that exist across our organisation and community.

Training and development

We recognise our duty to implement responsible, fair and enlightened employment practices across our operations. As a values-based organisation, we strive to ensure that our values are reflected in everything we do. Our strategic intent is to establish and drive an employment experience that is underpinned by a value proposition that continues to appoint the right leaders, develop, lead and retain the best diverse talent, in the right roles, performing optimally, enabled by the right culture.

Economic transformation

In South Africa, we are all tasked with implementing a workplace Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) strategy, in response to the national Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) legislation, including the application of the BEE Codes of Good Practice of 2013. Within this context, in Woolworths South Africa, the focus from a people perspective is on human capital transformation, specifically Employment Equity and Skills Development. Compliance with BEE legislation ensures that Woolworths continues to contribute meaningfully towards national priorities to transform the industries in which we operate, to make the economy more inclusive.

We support transformation through our Supplier and Enterprise Development Programme, promoting the development of small, black- and women-owned business in the Woolworths supply chain.

In Australia, transformation focuses on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including those currently working for the business and those seeking employment as well as customers. Compulsory Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) training is completed by all new employees to increase awareness of these issues, and David Jones has implemented a Reconciliation Action Plan.


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