Increasing supply chain transparency

To manage business and sustainability issues in our complex supply chain, we map our tier-one suppliers. Where possible, we are also mapping tier-two and tier-three suppliers (suppliers producing components which go into a final product) for high-risk products. For example:

  • Bunnings has identified the following high-risk product areas in which forced labour may be prevalent and in which it is engaging with suppliers and mapping them down to their raw materials: timber, horticulture, stone, conflict minerals and charcoal. Horticulture and stone were key focus areas for Bunnings during the year;
  • Kmart and Target are examining measures that will eventually enable them to achieve traceability and transparency of cotton from spinning mill to factory for own brand clothing, towel and bedding ranges. Target and Kmart are also continuing to publish the details of all tier-one factories that directly produce their own brand products;
  • Blackwoods and Workwear Group have identified raw materials as key high-risk areas to focus on in the coming financial year. Blackwoods is focused on minerals from conflict regions and Workwear Group is focusing on the sourcing of sustainable cotton; and
  • Officeworks requires all factories that produce Officeworks own brand products as well as any local suppliers that are unable to provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate they have a robust ethical sourcing program in place, to disclose the site of manufacturing for their products, complete the Sedex self-assessment, and provide an independent audit when requested.

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