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  • Wesfarmers Sustainability Report 2009 | Bunnings
    estimate that over 8 400 tonnes of cardboard and paper and over 750 tonnes of plastics were recycled during the year and we disposed 19 898 tonnes of waste to landfill We promote recycling in our stores through separate systems to recover plastic cardboard and timber training our team on recycling practices co mingled recycling bins for food and beverage containers detailed store reporting of waste and recycling volumes circulated on a monthly basis Education and awareness We continued to support increased household take up of water and energy saving behaviours through in store programmes including helping our customers understand practical sustainability actions through in store activities and DIY workshops increased water and energy saving information for customers with free online videos on sustainability for the home and garden working with Victorian and Queensland water authorities to promote Target 155 and Target 200 water saving campaigns to householders team members across New Zealand joining forces to participatein a Big Green Clean in support of Keep New Zealand Beautiful partnering with Yarra Valley Water to provide 10 000 water saving showerheads for customers through a product exchange programme switching off lights in stores across Australia in support of the World Wildlife Fund led Earth Hour movement partnering with the Keep Australia Beautiful Western Australia s Adopt a Spot pilot programme which involves team member led clean ups of local community areas Our focus on working with schools included conducting sustainability programmes for local primary schools in all stores across Australia supporting Australian Firestarter Youth Environment Conferences as the Environmental Project Day Partner providing materials and hands on workshops including native bird box building tree planting and plant propagation commencing support of Schools Tree Day in South Australia which will be supported across Australia in 2009 Product stewardship The Western Australia plastic plant pot recycling trial reported last year has concluded with a lower than expected recovery of 20 tonnes Regardless of this we are continuing with the service for our customers in Western Australia metropolitan stores and looking at ways to test the service in other States to encourage better recycling behaviour over time Our Timber and Wood Products Purchasing Policy was introduced in 2003 with the goal of ensuring that all timber and wood products supplied to us originate from legal and sustainable forest operations We have worked closely with our suppliers in order to do this and from January 2009 we introduced a condition of supply that requires independent verification of legal origin for all products made completely from tropical hardwoods Approximately 99 per cent of our timber products are now sourced from lower risk plantations or other verified legal or certified sustainable forest operations Our timber products ranges are featured in the Greenpeace Good Wood guide in both Australia and New Zealand The guide is an online tool designed to help consumers find timber products originating from ethical and ecologically sustainable sources In June 2009 we became a lead retail signatory to the Greenpeace campaign calling for stronger

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  • Wesfarmers Sustainability Report 2009 | Office Supplies
    our sites We intend to develop procedures to rectify this over several years Increase our contribution to improve the social wellbeing of the communities in which we operate Achieved Officeworks has made a significant contribution to communities across Australia since July 2008 providing over 450 000 of local sponsorship donations and in kind support Commence work on improving the use of plastics in our product packaging Partially achieved Officeworks has formally committed to the NPC and developed a Buyers Guide which will be rolled out in the first half of the 2009 10 year Performance Year in review Operating revenue for the office supplies businesses Officeworks and Harris Technology was 1 31 billion for the full year Earnings before interest and tax were 65 3 million Officeworks commitment to environmental sustainability continued throughout 2008 09 There were two sustainability initiatives of particular note during the year one being the elimination of single use plastic bags from the business the second being Officeworks participation in the innovative e waste recycling trial Byteback In conjunction with Sustainability Victoria the Australian Information Industry Association AIIA and the Byteback Partners stores in Ballarat and Dandenong in Victoria facilitated the free of charge computer take back scheme for the public This groundbreaking initiative resulted in over 42 639 kilograms of e waste being recycled and diverted from landfill through our participating stores Work to implement a similar scheme on a national basis is now underway During 2008 09 Officeworks supported the community in a variety of ways through direct donations and sponsorships in excess of 450 000 The beneficiaries included kindergartens schools and various other not for profit organisations People Whilst the total number of safety incidents decreased during 2008 09 there was an increase in the number of Lost Time Injuries A dedicated manual handling initiative has been put in place to address the major cause of injury across the business being soft tissue injuries resulting from manual handling events Our team member engagement activities during the year included special deals on laptop computers and coffee machines picnic hampers and movie tickets for Christmas Officeworks travel bags and a range of other initiatives designed to make Officeworks a great place to work We also provided over 56 000 hours of facilitated and online training during the year Environment On 1 December 2008 Officeworks ceased providing single use plastic bags to customers and introduced reusable alternatives for sale Almost 30 000 in proceeds from the sale of these reusable bags were donated to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy for the seven months to 30 June 2009 During the year Officeworks collected 422 422 print and toner cartridges as part of the Cartridges for Planet Ark campaign This was achieved through continued in store collection and an expansion of the programme which facilitated the collection of units from our delivery customers Officeworks welcomed some exciting new environmentally responsible additions to our range of products particularly in furniture and desk accessories For example the Heritage range of office

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  • Wesfarmers Sustainability Report 2009 | Target
    our business and the community Key opportunities supporting these commitments have been identified and are publicly available at www target com au Reducing waste In line with our National Packaging Covenant Action Plan we are committed to reducing the use of single use plastic shopping bags by promoting reusable bags After a successful trial in South Australia we ceased to offer plastic shopping bags nationally from 1 June 2009 Customers can now choose not to use a bag bring their own bag or if they wish to purchase one we have a range available including reusable bags from 1 and compostable bags from 10 cents We were recognised for Excellence in Environmental Leadership by the South Australian Government for supporting South Australia s plastic bag ban and educating the public about alternatives Our solid waste is primarily cardboard and plastic material that is collected at our sites for recycling During this year we diverted more than 14 435 tonnes of cardboard and paper and 564 tonnes of plastic from landfill During the year we also implemented an initiative to target a reduction in the number of cartons delivered to our distribution centres by 10 per cent Carbon and energy Our total greenhouse gas emissions were estimated to be 219 858 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent CO2e down five per cent on last year and this equates to 58 04 tonnes of CO2e per million dollars of revenue The greenhouse gas emissions were largely due to electricity consumption at our sites approximately 87 8 per cent synthetic gases used in our air conditioning approximately 5 5 per cent and waste disposed off site approximately 3 5 per cent and flights approximately 3 2 per cent Our main energy use during the year related primarily to electricity consumption due to lighting at our stores Total energy consumption was estimated to be 818 871 gigajoules up eight per cent on last year Our total energy consumption per million dollars of revenue was estimated to be 216 gigajoules This energy use is broken down into electricity 86 9 per cent gas six per cent and vehicle fuel use 5 8 per cent of total energy consumption Our new store design now incorporates low energy lighting as trialled at the Mt Ommaney Queensland store The selling floor lights use 24 per cent less energy than the previous standard The energy saving has been achieved with a lighting design that uses high technology light fittings orientation of light fittings to emphasise features of the new fit out and special low energy spotlights to accentuate focal walls and merchandise displays As part of Wesfarmers commitment to the Australian Government s Energy Efficiency Opportunities EEO programme we are required to assess the energy use of the business and report publicly on the results of the assessments and potential areas of improvement To date energy audits have been conducted at 19 sites A full review of all opportunities and payback periods will be conducted in the third quarter of

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  • Wesfarmers Sustainability Report 2009 | Kmart
    energy use waste recycling and in time water used from our sites We will now be able to effectively monitor our impact on the environment and identify opportunities for improvement This year has also seen Kmart develop a long term strategy to reduce our environmental footprint In addition Kmart also undertook significant work to identify suitable alternatives to plastic bags and has removed single use plastic bags throughout South Australia in response to legislation Kmart has expanded its community reach through a number of programmes Once again the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal was strongly supported by Australian and New Zealand communities This year the Appeal collected over 400 000 gifts and 90 000 in cash contributions during the Christmas period Kmart also introduced a new programme that enables store teams to support local community groups through either donating goods or gift cards from stores Some of the small groups that received funding included kindergartens Rotary clubs schools and emergency service volunteers The renewal of Kmart faces many challenges over the coming years With our new management team in place a strong focus will be placed on rebuilding a solid foundation for the business and a platform for sustainable growth People At 30 June 2009 we had 26 469 team members working in our stores national office distribution centres and KTAS sites Within Kmart 69 per cent of team members are female and 31 per cent are male In KTAS 96 per cent of the workforce are males Our leadership team is comprised of four male and three female team members During the year we undertook a comprehensive review of our safety and injury management functions with a new strategy being rolled out across the business during 2009 10 We have continued with our Manager in Training programme throughout the year and have also introduced a new Store Manager Development Programme The latter covers three main areas including managing myself managing my team and managing my business Environment Kmart developed a detailed environment strategy focusing on reducing our energy and water consumption increasing the amount of waste recycled and sourcing sustainable products for customers to purchase The coming year will see us undertake initiatives from this strategy We have completed the required actions under Year 1 of our National Packaging Covenant Action Plan to reduce the amount of packaging we use and continued to roll out new recycling services to our KTAS stores This year we recycled 83 per cent of the waste produced in our business compared to 77 per cent last year Carbon and energy Greenhouse emissions Our total greenhouse gas emissions were estimated to be 257 087 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent CO2e down 17 per cent on last year and this equates to 64 27 tonnes of CO2e per million dollars of revenue This decrease can largely be attributed to introducing better reporting systems to accurately capture emissions from natural gas and LPG used in stores and distribution centres and lower conversion factors this year compared to

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  • Wesfarmers Sustainability Report 2009 | Resources
    have enhanced our already strong support for our local indigenous population and young people in our communities Reuse and recycling improved significantly during the year with both mines recycling a total of over one million litres of engine oil for reuse which combined with the introduction of a waste transfer station at Premier Coal and scrap metal recycling at Curragh has allowed our sites to reduce their overall environmental impact People During the year the principal focus of our people strategy has been the reduction of LTIs This has been achieved through managing our injured employees to ensure they are provided with the opportunity to return to work on alternate duties and targeted training across our business The reduction in the LTIFR from 7 2 to 2 5 an improvement of 65 per cent indicates that our efforts to make our workplace injury and incident free are progressing We will continue to make safety a priority to consolidate and improve upon our performance this year A major new initiative this year has been the development and rollout of our Leadership Development Framework which provides us with a common language to describe the behavioural expectations of our leaders Leadership development workshops were conducted across the business A highlight during the year was the achievement of Curragh s Emergency Response Team which represented Australasia in the World Rescue Organisation challenge in Wales placing a commendable tenth out of 30 international teams During the year we submitted our first Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace report The report was deemed compliant with the Act by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency Environment Improving our waste management practices and efforts in recycling has been a major focus this year During the year Premier Coal appointed a new waste management contractor and introduced a waste transfer station onsite In addition Curragh improved its recycling of general waste by 45 per cent and its recycling of liquid waste by 553 per cent Curragh continues to improve its onsite water management and this year achieved a 22 6 per cent reduction in the amount of water used onsite Premier Coal commenced a dewatering programme abstracting 2 74 gigalitres of groundwater in preparation for future mining activities and the use of this water is explained in the Wesfarmers Resources sustainability report at www wesresources com au Premier Coal successfully passed two surveillance audits of its Environmental Management System and was also recertified against the International Environmental Management System standard AS NZS ISO 14001 2004 This system assists Premier Coal to manage the impact of its operations on the environment Mining activities this year have resulted in disturbance to 575 hectares of land while rehabilitation has been undertaken on 70 3 hectares Carbon and energy This year has seen the development of a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan designed to coordinate and drive our response in the areas of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction The initial focus of this strategy is on optimising

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  • Wesfarmers Sustainability Report 2009 | Insurance
    individual choices can have an impact at home and work During the year our major safety initiative ISAFE focused on managing key safety risks and reducing workplace accidents An occupational health and safety specialist was engaged to oversee programme implementation in our Australian businesses We were also involved in relief efforts following the tragic Victorian bushfires in February through providing on the ground support and emergency cash relief to our customers and donating to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009 In addition we responded to this tragedy by immediately engaging our catastrophe plans We paid out over 43 million in claims and expect to pay approximately 86 million by the time our clients have rebuilt We contributed 841 068 to a range of local community partnerships supporting initiatives such as farm safety local community welfare organisations and education Our total energy consumption increased from 82 487 to 92 194 gigajoules and our carbon dioxide equivalent CO2e footprint decreased from 12 975 to 12 236 tonnes People We launched a major safety programme ISAFE across our businesses The programme provides an occupational health and safety management and improvement framework tailored to each business A full time specialist has been engaged to assist each business to develop and implement their own programmes We extended the successful Leadership Development Programme LDP referred to in last year s report into a new programme Wesfarmers Insurance Leadership Development WILD which reaches more people in our business with customised leadership training Our businesses participated in a range of employee health and wellbeing programmes including Crombie Lockwood s entry of 15 teams in the Kiwi Workplace Challenge The programme encourages regular exercise and community involvement through the workplace Environment WFI publish an environmental policy on its intranet and has dedicated pages covering business consumption data news suggestions and details of its environmental committee WFI also conducted reviews on usage of a range of consumables including paper toner cartridges electricity and fuel The results of the analysis are reported on the intranet to improve employee understanding of the drivers and trends of consumption patterns in the office During the year LGNZ switched to Forest Stewardship Council certified paper for use in its printers Our businesses in some Australian and New Zealand cities expanded their participation in the Earth Hour awareness initiative Carbon and energy The most significant initiative for the year has been progress towards becoming carbon neutral for our Australian operations We conducted a Carbon Lifecycle Analysis which quantifies the CO2e impact of our business operations as well as the impact of the goods and services that we consume in operating our business We have identified the key components that contribute to our carbon footprint and will be putting in place measures to manage this impact In addition we have purchased and retired sufficient carbon credits to become carbon neutral in 2009 10 Governance In April 2009 we consolidated the two general insurance licences of our Australian insurance companies WFI and LI into a single general

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  • Wesfarmers Sustainability Report 2009 | Chemicals and Fertilisers
    prill plant in its current state from October 2009 Our total water consumption at CSBP was 3 325 megalitres up one per cent on last year while our net energy consumption was 8 016 174 gigajoules down 25 per cent on last year In 2008 09 we had 27 reportable environmental events an increase of five on last year Of these 27 reportable events nine were potential non compliances People As at 30 June 2009 we employed 1 028 people including contractors and casual employees We remain committed to training and developing our employees to retain and maintain a skilled workforce for our operations In 2008 09 we spent approximately 2 1 million on training and development equating to at least 2 3 per cent of payroll costs The company supported nine apprenticeships and one traineeship during the year During 2008 09 there were six Lost Time Injuries compared to five in 2007 08 which included AV from September 2007 Although an additional LTI was incurred this year our Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate remained similar to the previous year due to an increase in the number of hours worked Safety statistics are distributed and discussed by management each month and reported to our Board every three months The safety targets set for 2008 09 were exceeded for both spot observations and hazard and housekeeping inspections This increase can be attributed to regular communication and re enforcement of target expectations throughout CSBP Western Australia As part of our ongoing efforts to gauge employee opinions about the culture of our company we introduced the Organisational Culture Inventory survey in September 2008 Survey results were communicated through a series of briefings and a set of six priority areas for improvement has been identified as a result We continued to provide information about our business to our employees and encourage feedback through our intranet internal newsletters and employee briefings Reducing net environment footprint We completed the expansion of the nutrient stripping wetland at Kwinana This 2 1 million project involved the construction of two additional nutrient stripping wetland cells both of which hold and process approximately 2 000 cubic metres of wastewater each day The expanded wetland will assist in further reducing the nitrogen load in wastewater discharged from the site and has increased the stormwater holding capacity for the site The project is a finalist in the Western Australian Environment Awards 2009 Commissioning of AV s 5 3 million water recycling plant at Laverton started in June 2009 The water recycling plant will reuse plant effluent to reduce AV s potable water consumption by 325 megalitres a reduction of approximately 50 per cent The project was part funded by the Victorian Government which contributed 1 8 million Carbon and energy Greenhouse emissions Our greenhouse gas emissions as reported under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 were estimated to be 1 475 588 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent CO2e and this equates to 0 7 tonnes of CO2e per tonne of

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  • Wesfarmers Sustainability Report 2009 | Industrial and Safety
    businesses report monthly to the ELT on their community involvement and this is communicated to employees through the Managing Director s newsletter Performance Year in review The pursuit of sustainable outcomes within our operations continues to be a focus of our business These outcomes must be economically viable socially responsible and minimise any adverse impact on the environment As part of this commitment in 2009 we continued to improve our health safety and environment HSE planning processes through the introduction of improved guidance material and risk profiling for site level HSE action plans we also report and review safety performance and HSE plan progress in our monthly ELT meetings this ongoing focus resulted in the majority of our branches completing their HSE actions and we had a 48 1 per cent reduction in LTIs across the business encourage employee engagement and participation through our in house development programme introducing a formal qualification aligned to our GetSAFE management system principles for warehouse employees and continuing with the implementation of our succession and development plan and focus on reducing the amount of paper used by the business through the introduction of online salary payment details development of wireless warehousing functionality and the further development of electronic purchasing capability People Health and safety Compliance to our health and safety management systems is a primary focus in all of our businesses Major achievements in 2009 include completion of a comprehensive gap analysis of our GetSAFE health and safety management system against the national audit tool continuation of our internal health and safety self assessment programme in Australia and New Zealand with 361 self assessments completed formation of a pandemic planning team and the development of an action plan the continuation of WIS New Zealand s certification by the Accident Compensation Commission s Workplace Safety Management Practices at the tertiary top level Training and employee engagement During the year our major achievements included enrolment of 151 employees in a Certificate III Warehousing and Logistics training programme and completion of a Cerificate IV Frontline Management training programme by 40 employees ongoing facilitation of a five day residential branch and area manager development programme with two programmes training 33 employees development and implementation of a five day residential Sales Academy training which has involved 190 employees to date successful completion by 12 high potential employees of our internal development programme WISDP and conducting our third Fit 4 Future F4F survey which seeks feedback from all employees on our business leadership behaviours and suggestions for improvement This year s response rate of 83 per cent was an 11 point improvement on our 2008 survey Environment During the year our major achievements were the development and successful implementation of wireless warehousing to reduce paper usage in our warehousing activities the purchase of 351 LCD monitors to replace CRT monitors increasing the number of LPG fleet vehicles by 22 6 per cent from last year and developing an action plan to reduce product packaging and increase recycling levels as part

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