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Global Reporting Initiative

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has assessed this report to a B+ application level. This table shows where specific GRI disclosures can be found. To download this table in excel format, please click here. To view the GRI Application Level Check Statement, please click here.

  Application Level B  
STANDARD DISCLOSURES PART I: Profile Disclosures
Profile Disclosure Disclosure Level of reporting Location of Disclosure
1. Strategy and Analysis
Profile Disclosure Disclosure Level of reporting Location of Disclosure
1.1 Statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organisation. Fully Managing Director's welcome
1.2 Description of key impacts, risks, and opportunities.   Fully Our Approach: Sustainability at Wesfarmers
2. Organisational Profile
Profile Disclosure Disclosure Level of reporting Location of Disclosure
2.1 Name of the organisation. Fully About Wesfarmers
2.2 Primary brands, products, and/or services. Fully About Wesfarmers
2.3 Operational structure of the organisation, including main divisions, operating companies, subsidiaries, and joint ventures. Fully About Wesfarmers
2.4 Location of organisation's headquarters. Fully About Wesfarmers
2.5 Number of countries where the organisation operates, and names of countries with either major operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability issues covered in the report. Fully Community contributions
2.6 Nature of ownership and legal form. Fully About Wesfarmers
2.7 Markets served (including geographic breakdown, sectors served, and types of customers/beneficiaries). Fully Community contributions
2.8 Scale of the reporting organisation. Fully

Community contributions

2014 Annual report

2.9 Significant changes during the reporting period regarding size, structure, or ownership. Fully Sustainability at Wesfarmers
2.10 Awards received in the reporting period. Fully Safety, Resources
3. Report Parameters
Profile Disclosure Disclosure Level of reporting Location of Disclosure
3.1 Reporting period (e.g., fiscal/calendar year) for information provided. Fully Our approach
3.2 Date of most recent previous report (if any). Fully Our approach
3.3 Reporting cycle (annual, biennial, etc.) Fully Our approach
3.4 Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents. Fully Feedback
3.5 Process for defining report content. Fully Our approach
Materiality process
3.6 Boundary of the report (e.g., countries, divisions, subsidiaries, leased facilities, joint ventures, suppliers). See GRI Boundary Protocol for further guidance. Fully Our approach
3.7 State any specific limitations on the scope or boundary of the report (see completeness principle for explanation of scope). Fully

Reporting carbon emissions

Our sustainability reporting

3.8 Basis for reporting on joint ventures, subsidiaries, leased facilities, outsourced operations, and other entities that can significantly affect comparability from period to period and/or between organisations. Fully Our approach
3.9 Data measurement techniques and the bases of calculations, including assumptions and techniques underlying estimations applied to the compilation of the Indicators and other information in the report. Explain any decisions not to apply, or to substantially diverge from, the GRI Indicator Protocols. Fully Our data
3.10 Explanation of the effect of any re-statements of information provided in earlier reports, and the reasons for such re-statement (e.g.,mergers/acquisitions, change of base years/periods, nature of business, measurement methods). Fully Our data
3.11 Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary, or measurement methods applied in the report. Fully Our approach
3.12 Table identifying the location of the Standard Disclosures in the report. Fully Global Reporting Initiative
3.13 Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report. Fully Independent assurance statement
4. Governance, Commitments, and Engagement
Profile Disclosure Disclosure Level of reporting Location of Disclosure
4.1 Governance structure of the organisation, including committees under the highest governance body responsible for specific tasks, such as setting strategy or organisational oversight. Fully Page 69 and 70 of the Corporate Governance Statement
4.2 Indicate whether the Chair of the highest governance body is also an executive officer. Fully Corporate Governance Statement
4.3 For organisations that have a unitary board structure, state the number of members of the highest governance body that are independent and/or non-executive members. Fully Corporate Governance Statement
4.4 Mechanisms for shareholders and employees to provide recommendations or direction to the highest governance body.   Fully Stakeholder engagement
4.5 Linkage between compensation for members of the highest governance body, senior managers, and executives (including departure arrangements), and the organisation's performance (including social and environmental performance). Fully Corporate Governance Statement
4.6 Processes in place for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided. Fully Corporate Governance Statement
4.7 Process for determining the qualifications and expertise of the members of the highest governance body for guiding the organisation's strategy on economic, environmental, and social topics. Fully Corporate Governance Statement
4.8 Internally developed statements of mission or values, codes of conduct, and principles relevant to economic, environmental, and social performance and the status of their implementation. Fully Corporate Governance Statement
4.9 Procedures of the highest governance body for overseeing the organisation's identification and management of economic, environmental, and social performance, including relevant risks and opportunities, and adherence or compliance with internationally agreed standards, codes of conduct, and principles.   Fully Corporate Governance Statement
4.10 Processes for evaluating the highest governance body's own performance, particularly with respect to economic, environmental, and social performance. Fully Corporate Governance Statement
4.11 Explanation of whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organisation.   Fully Corporate Governance Statement
4.12 Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organisation subscribes or endorses.   Fully Corporate Governance Statement
4.13

Memberships in associations (such as industry associations)/or national/international advocacy organisations in which the organisation:

  • Has positions in governance bodies;
  • Participates in projects or committees;
  • Provides substantive funding beyond routine membership dues; or
  • Views membership as strategic.  
Fully Memberships and accreditations
4.14 List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organisation.   Fully Stakeholder engagement
4.15 Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage.   Fully Stakeholder engagement
4.16 Approaches to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group.   Fully Stakeholder engagement
4.17 Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organisation has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting.   Fully Stakeholder engagement Materiality process
STANDARD DISCLOSURES PART II: Disclosures on Management Approach (DMAs)
G3 DMA Disclosure Level of reporting Location of Disclosure
DMA EC Disclosure on Management Approach EC
Aspects Economic performance   Fully Community contributions
Market presence Fully 2014 Annual Report, Section: Operating Financial Review 
Indirect economic impacts Fully Community contributions
DMA EN Disclosure on Management Approach EN
Aspects Materials   Fully Waste and water use
Energy   Fully Climate change resilience
Water       Fully Waste and water
Biodiversity Fully Resources
Emissions, effluents and waste   Fully Climate change resilience
Products and services   Fully About Wesfarmers
Compliance   Fully Working with governments
Transport   Fully Reporting carbon emissions
Overall   Fully Climate change resilience
Waste and water use
DMA LA Disclosure on Management Approach LA
Aspects Employment Fully Diversity
Labour/management relations Fully Diversity
Occupational health and safety Fully Safety
Training and education Fully Diversity
Diversity and equal opportunity   Fully Diversity
DMA HR Disclosure on Management Approach HR
Aspects Investment and procurement practices Fully Ethical sourcing
Non-discrimination   Diversity
Freedom of association and collective bargaining Fully Diversity
Child labor Fully Ethical sourcing
Forced and compulsory labor   Fully Ethical sourcing
Security practices   Fully This is not a significant issue for Wesfarmers.
Indigenous rights   Fully Diversity
DMA SO Disclosure on Management Approach SO
Aspects Community Fully Community contributions
Corruption Fully Code of Conduct
Public policy   Fully Government cooperation
Anti-competitive behavior Fully Government cooperation
Compliance   Fully Government cooperation
DMA PR Disclosure on Management Approach PR
Aspects Customer health and safety Fully Code of Conduct
Product and service labelling Fully The marketing and labelling/presentation of products is conducted within the general requirements of the Wesfarmers Code of Conduct (particularly compliance with the law being a minimum standard) but is specifically supported by divisional policies and procedures relevant to the individual businesses.
Marketing communications Fully We seek to comply with the Australian Association of National Advertisers Code of Ethics to ensure that all of our advertisements and other forms of marketing communications are legal, decent, honest and truthful and prepared with a sense of obligation to the consumer and society and a sense of fairness and responsibility to competitors.
Customer privacy Fully Each business has policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the relevant laws as a minimum, with customers able to access clear privacy statements that set out how the relevant business will collect, use and store personal information
Compliance   Fully Each of our divisions complies with a range of laws and industry standards.  For detail on specific divisions, see Coles, Target, Kmart, Officeworks, Bunnings, WesCEF websites.
STANDARD DISCLOSURES PART III: Performance Indicators
REPORT FULLY ON AT LEAST 20 CORE OR ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE INDICATORS - AT LEAST 1 FROM EACH CATEGORY (ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENT, LABOR PRACTICES & DECENT WORK, HUMAN RIGHTS, SOCIETY, PRODUCT RESPONSIBLITY)
Economic
Indicator Disclosure Level of reporting Location of Disclosure
Economic performance
EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed, including revenues, operating costs, employee compensation, donations and other community investments, retained earnings, and payments to capital providers and governments Fully Community contributions
EC2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organisation's activities due to climate change. Fully A sub-set of the Board or a committee appointed by the Board considers climate change risks and the opportunities these present to the company. Wesfarmers has assessed the most significant physical change associated with climate change that could impact our businesses to be changes in precipitation patterns that could reduce or disrupt production capacity.  Wesfarmers operates businesses that in general provide services and goods to a broad cross section of society. There is potential for products such as LPG/LNG to prosper under carbon pricing but this is unlikely to be a material gain in Wesfarmers circumstances and any such gain is likely to be over a long time frame. Our retail businesses, because of their co-location with population centres, are in general equally exposed to climate change physical risk as our competitors and there are no significant ways to benefit from any climate induced changes. The coal mine could be exposed if climate risk led to water levels in nearby rivers increasing or ongoing significant rainfall increases but the climate modelling suggests most of our areas of operation are becoming drier. We have no assets that would be impacted by a sea level rise of less than about 1.5 metres which is many decades away according to the climate modelling. Wesfarmers has modelled the financial implications of climate change on the organisation. This is proprietary information.
EC3 Coverage of the organisation's defined benefit plan obligations. Fully As at 30 June 2014 the Wesfarmers Group Superannuation Plan (WGSP) provided benefits to 34,479 current and former employees of the Wesfarmers group of companies. The WGSP is classed as a defined benefit plan as lifetime pensions are payable to a closed Group of 123 former employees of the group who were entitled to receive a pension benefit at the time of ceasing employment.
All other members of the WGSP receive benefits based on the accumulation of contributions with earnings and are not considered when determining the financial position of the plan.
As at 30 June 204 the WGSP Actuary declared the plan was in a satisfactory position, with the value of plan assets exceeding the value of plan liabilities.
EC4 Significant financial assistance received from government. Fully Wesfarmers does not receive significant financial assistance from the Australian or New Zealand government. The government is not a shareholder of Wesfarmers.
Indirect economic impacts
EC8 Development and impact of infrastructure investments and services provided primarily for public benefit through commercial, in-kind, or pro bono engagement Fully Community contributions
EC9 Understanding and describing significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts. Fully Community contributions
Ethical sourcing
Environmental
Indicator Disclosure Level of reporting Location of Disclosure
Energy
EN3 Direct energy consumption by primary energy source. Partially Our data
EN4 Indirect energy consumption by primary source. Fully Our data. We source all of our electricity from the grid, so our renewable/non-renewable split is in line with Australian average according to the federal government's Renewable Energy Target scheme.
EN6 Initiatives to provide energy-efficient or renewable energy based products and services, and reductions in energy requirements as a result of these initiatives. Fully

Coles
Kmart
Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers
Industrial and Safety

   
EN7 Initiatives to reduce indirect energy consumption and reductions achieved. Fully Coles award-winning Hallam store reduces energy consumption by 20 per cent
Water
EN8 Total water withdrawal by source. Fully Waste and water use  
EN9 Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water.   Fully Waste and water use  
EN10 Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused. Fully Waste and water use  
Emissions, effluents and waste
EN16 Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight. Fully Our data
EN17 Other relevant indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight. Fully Our data
EN18 Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reductions achieved. Fully Climate change resilience
Coles award-winning Hallam store reduces energy consumption by 20 per cent
Blackwoods retrofits warehouse with LED lights
Kmart sees the light on LEDs
2012/13 Wesfarmers Energy Efficiency Opportunities Public Report
EN20 NOx, SOx, and other significant air emissions by type and weight. Fully

Waste and water use
Four Wesfarmers entities, Kleenheat Gas Pty Ltd, Wesfarmers LPG Pty Ltd, CSBP Limited and Curragh Queensland Mining, report notifiable emissions under the National Pollutant Inventory

EN22 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method.   Fully

Our data
Waste and water use

Products and services
EN26 Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products and services, and extent of impact mitigation. Fully Coles soft plastic recycling
Compliance
EN28 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Fully Waste and water use
Social: Labor Practices and Decent Work
Indicator Disclosure Level of reporting Location of Disclosure
Employment
LA1 Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region.   Partially Community contributions
Labor/management relations
LA4 Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements. Fully Diversity
Occupational health and safety
LA7 Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities by region. Partially

Safety
Our data

Training and education
LA11 Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings. Fully Diversity
Diversity and equal opportunity
LA13 Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per category according to gender, age group, minority group membership, and other indicators of diversity. Partially Diversity, Our data. Data is not gathered at a Group level regarding age group or minority group, other than Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples.
Social: Human Rights
Indicator Disclosure Level of reporting Location of Disclosure
Investment and procurement practices
HR2 Percentage of significant suppliers and contractors that have undergone screening on human rights and actions taken. Fully Ethical sourcing. Data is not provided as a percentage as data is gathered at a factory level rather than a supplier level for higher risk suppliers.
HR3 Total hours of employee training on policies and procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations, including the percentage of employees trained. Partially Ethical sourcing. Data is not provided as a percentage as the training is only provided to employees for whom  it is relevant,so a percentage of overall employees would be meaningless.
Child labor
HR6 Operations identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor, and measures taken to contribute to the elimination of child labour. Fully Ethical sourcing
Forced and compulsory labor
HR7 Operations identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labour, and measures to contribute to the elimination of forced or compulsory labor. Fully Ethical sourcing
Social: Society
Indicator Disclosure Level of reporting Location of Disclosure
Corruption
SO2 Percentage and total number of business units analysed for risks related to corruption. Fully Code of Conduct All of our businesses are analysed for risks related to corruption and in accordance with our anti-bribery policy.
SO3 Percentage of employees trained in organisation's anti-corruption policies and procedures. Fully Anti-bribery training is provided to relevant employees, as identified by an anti-bribery officer in each division.  Attendees include senior management (including Managing Directors), finance teams, audit teams, personnel in various high risk groups like procurement and product sourcing, and employees working in high risk jurisdictions.
SO4 Actions taken in response to incidents of corruption. Fully  Across the Wesfarmers Group there were a total of seventeen reported incidents of bribery. All of these incidents have been dealt with and reviewed in accordance with our anti-bribery and ethical sourcing policies. 
Sixteen incidents related to sourcing in Asia by Kmart or Target. Thirteen of those incidents resulted in deregistration of the relevant supplier.
The final reported incident related to an inappropriate offer made by an employee of an Australian company contracted by Kmart. The offer was refused and the issue has been resolved to Kmart's satisfaction.
There were no incidents that resulted in employees being dismissed or disciplined or legal cases involving corruption that involved Wesfarmers employees during the reporting period.
Public policy
SO5 Public policy positions and participation in public policy development and lobbying. Fully Listening to stakeholders
Materiality process
Stakeholder survey
SO6 Total value of financial and in-kind contributions to political parties, politicians, and related institutions by country. Fully The Wesfarmers Group have a zero contributions to political parties, politicians and related institutions policy.
Anti-competitive behavior
SO7 Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices and their outcomes. Fully Government cooperation
Social: Product Responsibility
Indicator Disclosure Level of reporting Location of Disclosure
Customer health and safety
PR1 Life cycle stages in which health and safety impacts of products and services are assessed for improvement, and percentage of significant products and services categories subject to such procedures. Fully Coles
Kmart
PR2 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning health and safety impacts of products and services during their life cycle, by type of outcomes. Partially

Coles
Kmart
Target

Product and service labelling
PR3 Type of product and service information required by procedures, and percentage of significant products and services subject to such information requirements. Fully Our businesses follow a range of labelling systems, relevant to their industries.  For example, Coles, our largest business, follows the following labelling systems:
-Health: Heart Tick (National Heart Foundation) and Low GI;
-Environmental: FSC and PEFC for sustainable forest products, ACCORD code of practice for laundry detergents and CSPO for certified sustainable palm oil;
-Social/environmental: Fairtrade, UTZ (ethical certification) and RSPCA-approved farming for meat chickens and turkeys;
-Health and safety: TGA listed/registered for regulated theraupeutic products, APVMA for regulated pesticides and veterinary medicines,  Australian & New Zealand Food Standards Code; and
-Country of origin: Australian Made Campaign Limited.
PR5 Practices related to customer satisfaction, including results of surveys measuring customer satisfaction. Partially Stakeholder engagement
Marketing communications
PR6 Programs for adherence to laws, standards, and voluntary codes related to marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship. Fully Our community.
Coles: Responsible liquor retailing
Our businesses seek to comply with the Australian Association of National Advertisers Code of Ethics  to ensure that all of our advertisements and other forms of marketing communications are legal, decent, honest and truthful and prepared with a sense of obligation to the consumer and society and a sense of fairness and responsibility to competitors.
All donations and sponsorships across the Group are classified and assured by LBG.
PR7 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship by type of outcomes. Partially Government cooperation