Woolworths accelerates sustainability path

The Woolworths Group continues to reduce its environmental footprint, with significant reductions in emissions, 80% of landfill waste and the equivalent of 22 million meals donated to needy Aussies.

The group has published its annual sustainability report, which measures the extent of the changes it has undergone.

In the F21 Woolworths group:

  • Has helped take the equivalent of 35,000 cars off the road by saving an additional 97,000 tons of CO2e and further reducing emissions from operations.
  • Expanded its solar network to 100,000 modules and thus created the capacity to generate the amount of electricity required to power more than 7,000 households.
  • 360,000 tons of waste diverted from landfills, which is 80% of the Australian company's waste, which is the equivalent of 320,000 households.
  • Help feed Australians in need with the equivalent of 22 million meals of surplus edible food saved from landfills and donated to Woolworths' food aid partners.
  • Reduction of single-use plastic by removing cotton swabs with plastic sticks in favor of paper and sugar cane alternatives in order to save almost 500 million plastic parts annually.

Visit the sustainability report to see their sustainability performance in full.

"The steps we are taking today to become a more sustainable company will create a better future for generations to come," said Brad Banducci, chief executive officer of Woolworths Group.

“We know that there is still a lot to be done and we are laying the foundation for an era of accelerated sustainability in order to meet the expectations of our customers and our team as well as the climate clock.

“It is no longer enough just to reduce our impact on the planet. Instead, we turn to the question of how we can use our yardstick for good and bring about positive change for our planet and thus for our communities. "

In addition, the Woolworths Group appointed its first Chief Sustainability Officer; is the first Australian retailer to have its climate targets scientifically validated by the global Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi); and sign their first renewable energy contract.

Woolworths Group's Chief Sustainability Officer Alex Holt added, “This has been a fundamental year. We assemble our teams to ensure sustainability is at the heart of everything we do – from stores to distribution centers, support offices and supply chains.

"Thanks to our team members and partners who have contributed to the great strides we have made."

Click here to view the Sustainability Plan 2025.

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