With over 3,500 locations, Woolworths Group is part of the fabric of society and we are proud to be an important contributor to communities across Australia and New Zealand.
Our goal is to contribute the equivalent of at least 1% of our pre-tax profits on a three-year rolling average every year to the communities in which we operate. Throughout this year, all of our brands have made an impact – by assisting those affected by natural disasters, helping sick kids, or bringing a little bit of good to our customers and communities through our involvement in local events, both big and small.
We will invest the equivalent of 1 per cent of a three‑year rolling average of total Group Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) in community partnerships and programs.
DIRECT COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS
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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: KIDS IN NEED
Woolworths has worked with Variety, the Children’s Charity for several years to assist children and their families in need all over NSW and the ACT.
NEW SOUTH WALES: FARM TO FORK
Woolworths is a major sponsor of the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Together with the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, Woolworths supported a new interactive exhibit in 2017 to take children on a paddock to plate adventure to learn more about where their food comes from.
NEW SOUTH WALES: WHITE RIBBON
In FY17 Endeavour Drinks Group (EDG), through BWS and Dan Murphy’s, raised a total of $480K to support White Ribbon’s work towards stopping violence against women.
NEW ZEALAND: CHRISTMAS
For the majority of Kiwis, Christmas is a time of festivity, warmth, joy and celebration, however this is not the case for everyone. Thousands of struggling families and individuals in need find the Christmas season incredibly stressful. Countdown supports The Salvation Army with the Christmas Food Rescue Appeal. Each Countdown store donates $500 worth of groceries ($91,500 in total) and shoppers are encouraged to donate additional groceries and/or money to the cause.
NEW ZEALAND: EDGECUMBE FLOODS
In response to the major flooding in Edgecumbe in April 2017, Countdown supported the NZ Red Cross Bay of Plenty Floods Appeal 2017.
NEW ZEALAND: KAIKOURA EARTHQUAKE
The Kaikoura earthquake on 14 November 2016 had a local and national impact. Immediately following the earthquake, eight Countdown stores were closed, along with the Palmerston North Distribution Centre. We supported those impacted through our support of the Red Cross Kaikorua Earthquake appeal. We kick started our customer appeal for the Red Cross with a $25,000 donation, and Countdown customers donated $19,633.47.
NORTHERN TERRITORY: CHRISTMAS IN DARWIN
Woolworths supported the Christmas in Darwin Association to stage the Darwin Carols by Candlelight, spreading Christmas cheer to Territorians.
QUEENSLAND: FLYING DOCTORS
Woolworths stores across Queensland and Northern NSW threw their support behind the Royal Flying Doctors Service (Qld Section). FY17 was our most successful year in this partnership, raising more than $660,000.
QUEENSLAND: HELPING SICK KIDS
Woolworths has been supporting the Children’s Hospital Foundation to save lives, lessen the hurt and help sick kids to heal. Our partnership has spanned 30 years and raised $50 million.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: RAISING FUNDS FOR VARIETY
Together with Variety, we presented Adelaide North Special School with a new Sunshine Coach to help children who use wheelchairs to get out in the community.
TASMANIA: GIVE ME 5 FOR KIDS
Woolworths store teams and customers fundraised for Give Me 5 For Kids to support sick children and their families in times of need.
TASMANIA: KIDS DAY OUT
Woolworths sponsored the “Kid I Am” event in Launceston, a great kid-focused family day out.
VICTORIA: GOOD FRIDAY APPEAL
Woolworths stores in local communities across Victoria have raised over $20 million over our 30 year partnership with the Good Friday Appeal, which aims to help make a difference to the lives of sick children at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
VICTORIA: VERY SPECIAL KIDS
The ALH Group has been a major partner of the annual Very Special Kids fundraising event since 2012 and has raised more than $2.4 million through its network of 88 Victorian venues.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: TELETHON
Woolworths stores in Western Australia supported the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and Perth’s Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation by fundraising year-round to help sick kids.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: BIG W’s BIG HEART
Our BIG W BIG Heart Appeal has been running for 15 years. The Appeal supports the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick (NSW), The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation (Qld), The Bone Health Foundation Inc (SA), The Royal Children’s Hospital (Vic) and the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation (WA).