We are very proud of our achievements. Our customers, staff and business partners are continually helping us make a difference to the environment and our communities. Here's an in depth look at how we're working towards making sustainability a reality.

Our Position Statements

  1. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
    Our preference is to avoid the use of GMO from Woolworths branded foods. We are continuously investigating sustainable and commercially viable alternatives, and remain committed to reducing the number of products that contain ingredients from GM crop sources
  2. Animal Welfare
    We believe it is our ethical obligation to ensure that our suppliers treat all the animals in our supply chain with respect and in the most humane way possible. We believe animals should have lives worth living.
  3. Climate Change
    We recognise that climate change is a major issue that the retail sector contributes to through our operations and our supply chains. We have concerntrated efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
  4. Sustainable Cocoa
    We support responsible cocoa farming by sourcing more and more certified sustainable cocoa. We've committed to sourcing 100% UTZ certified sustainable cocoa for all our Woolworths branded chocolates by 2016.
  5. Sustainable Palm Oil
    As the first South African company to become a member of the global Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we’re helping to promote and raise awareness of the need for sustainable palm oil. Palm oil is a versatile raw material used for food/non-food industries and contributes to economic development.
  6. Food Waste
    According to the South African National Policy on Food and Nutrition Security, approximately 9 million tons of food is wasted in South Africa each year. We have committed to reducing the amount of food wasted across our supply chain as well as finding ways to promote food security.
  7. Packaging
    We try to ensure our products remain protected in transit so that additional waste is not created. In the case of food, we also want it to remain safe and hygienic, and to extend its shelf life for as long as possible so that additional food waste is not created.
  8. Clothing
    Most of us don't fully understand the environmental impact of our clothes. From their production, to the materials that make them, all the way to transportation and washing, clothes can make quite a dent on the environment.
  9. Water
    We’re doing all sorts of things to reduce water consumption, from harvesting rainwater at some of our stores, to working with our suppliers to reduce water use through Farming for the Future;and our Water Stewardship Project in the Western Cape.
  10. Ethical Trading
    We have embarked on a journey to better manage our ethical supply chain and to take more responsibility for improving the lives of workers in our South African and global supply chains. In doing this, we partner with credible organisations and standards to increase transparency and to encourage more sustainable practices.
  11. Deforestation
    As part of our Good Business Journey, Woolworths is dedicated to selling products that cause minimum harm to the natural environment, help maintain biodiversity and help improve the lives of workers in the supply chain.