Last year Woolworths was honoured to be named International Responsible Retailer of the Year at the World Retail Congress. Woolworths is delighted to announce that the business has been shortlisted again for the 2009 Responsible Retailer of the Year by the World Retail Congress. Once again the only retailer from the continent to be honoured. 6 leading retailers from across the globe have been shortlisted for the prestigious award: Cargills Food City (Sri Lanka) Woolworths Holdings (SA) Tesco Plc (UK) Marks and Spencer (UK) MIGROS (Switzerland) Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC (UK) The World Retail Awards highlight excellence in modern retailing. The finalists have been singled out for dmonstrating a comprehensive, long term approach to corporate responsibility. Woolworths was shortlisted in recognition of our commitment to embed our Good business journey strategy through all facets of the business. The Good business journey is a five year plan, announced in April 2007, to change the way Woolworths does business and addresses the issue of sustainable growth in the context of the changing social and environmental needs of South Africa. Final judging will take place at the World Retail Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The selection panel includes some the world’s most respected retailers and industry experts. Commenting on the nomination, Woolworths Good business journey manager, Justin Smith says, “This nomination recognises that our Good business journey is a timely strategy. Our country’s future growth depends on all of us doing our bit to conquer the challenge of diminishing resources and addressing our nation’s transformational and social inequities. The Good business journey is about sustainability – of profits, the company, people and the environment. “ Editor’s notes Woolworths Good business journey is a wide ranging plan that sets challenging targets and commitments centred on four key priorities: accelerating transformation, driving social development, enhancing the environmental focus and addressing climate change. Further information on the Good business journey is available at