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At Bunnings we committed to reducing our operations environmental impact

We are also committed to helping customers live more sustainably in the home and garden, and we are proud of the role we play in educating local communities on how they can make a positive difference through small but impactful actions.

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We recognise that our business plays an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change. Bunnings is committed to sourcing 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2025 to help achieve our target of net zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030. 

We have a comprehensive roadmap in place to reduce our energy consumption and to transition towards using more renewable energy sources. To deliver on this, Bunnings has signed long-term renewable electricity power purchase agreements. Over 75 per cent of the entire Bunnings network is powered by renewable electricity. In New Zealand, Bunnings’ network is powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity. 

We continue to grow our local generation of renewable power by installing solar PV systems across our network. We have over 125 solar PV systems on our stores across Australia, covering more than 320,000 square metres of roof space. These rooftop systems help to provide up to 30 per cent of each store’s energy needs.  

To reduce the energy we consume, we aim to continually improve energy efficiency across our network. LED lighting is standard for all new Bunnings stores, reducing energy use by more than 30 per cent per store

In the coming years we will continue to reduce our reliance on traditional energy and transition to renewable sources. We’re committed to finding solutions that benefit our business, our customers and the environment. 

Bunnings aims to promote a circular economy by minimising operational waste, optimising product packaging and implementing product stewardship programs for customers.

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Waste and packaging

Reducing waste from our business operations is a priority for Bunnings. Bunnings is committed to reducing the environmental impact of packaging by improving packaging design, incorporating recycled materials, improving recyclability and stewardship of packaging, and is a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO). You can read our 2023 APCO Annual Report and Action Plan here.

Bunnings is a member of the Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme in New Zealand. We have also adopted the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) on many products to help customers understand how to correctly recycle each component of packaging. 

Product recycling

At Bunnings, we provide in-store recycling facilities to help you live more sustainably.

Bunnings team member helping a customer recycle her battery.

Batteries

This service is currently available at selected stores. Find your closest participating store here.

In early 2022, Bunnings launched a National Battery Recycling Program in New Zealand, proving a battery recycling service to customers throughout all stores and trade centres. In November 2023, Bunnings reached a milestone of 300 tonnes of household and power tool batteries collected for recycling across Australia and New Zealand.

We accept household single use and rechargeable batteries such as:

  • AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, 6V
  • Power tool batteries
  • Button cell batteries
  • Other handheld sized batteries that fit into the collection unit slot

We ask that you tape your batteries before placing them in your local collection unit.

We cannot accept lead acid batteries, car batteries, products with embedded batteries or other batteries that do not fit into the battery collection unit slot. Find out more here.

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Plastic plant pots

Bunnings recognises its role in providing stewardship for difficult-to-recycle items such as plastic plant pots. To help with this, Bunnings offers plastic plant pot recycling at selected stores across New Zealand and Australia.

Through this program, customers are welcome to return used plant packaging made from polypropylene plastic (PP5) for recycling at participating stores, including plant pots, stakes and labels. We also welcome customers to take returned pots out of the collection units for reuse at home, free of charge.

Uniform Recycling

Bunnings recently launched an internal uniform recycling program for all team members in Australia and New Zealand. In partnership with local textile recyclers, Bunnings is able to offer a sustainable solution for well-loved uniforms to avoid ending up in landfill and instead be recycled into new products such as insulation, cushion filling or pet beds.

 

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Since our first store opened in 1994, we’ve been collecting and reusing rainwater, with rainwater collection tanks a standard across all new Bunnings sites where possible. We have over 270 water tanks across Australian network. The rainwater captured is used to water our store nurseries and toilets. 

We also provide D.I.Y. advice and regularly participate in educational campaigns to help customers make informed choices when choosing water saving products for their home and garden. 
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As a leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products, Bunnings global supply chains are complex. We recognise our role in upholding human rights and supporting sustainable practices through our responsible and ethical sourcing programs. Bunnings is committed to ensuring that our products and services are sourced ethically and responsibly by working with suppliers and service providers to continuously improve social and environmental practices within our supply chain and business.  

We understand the challenges of modern slavery are complex and require all businesses to respond to this global issue collectively. We welcomed the introduction of the Australian Modern Slavery Act in 2018 and our annual Modern Slavery Statement and Supply Chain Overview details our efforts in combatting modern slavery.

Our expectation is that all suppliers who provide products or services to Bunnings adhere to the minimum standards established by the  Code of Conduct (PDF, 233KB). The Code of Conduct is based on International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and outlines our commitment to upholding the human rights of the workers in our supply chain and operations.  

We take a risk-based approach to assess and mitigate human rights risks in our operations and supply chains. Our Approach to Human Rights considers the salient human rights issues across our business and operations, considering severity, scale, scope and irremediability. Identifying our salient human rights issues helps to focus our efforts on the management of human rights risks across our operations and supply chain.    

Our ethical sourcing program is based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The program is designed to monitor working conditions through supply chain mapping, risk assessments, third-party audits and working with suppliers and service providers to remediate non-conformances.

Throughout 2023, Bunnings conducted more than 950 pre-qualification risk assessments of suppliers and manufacturers and completed more than 530 independent audits within the supply chain. In response to these activities, Bunnings focuses on working with all parties in the supply chain to remediate issues, improve conditions for workers and build local capacity and a more resilient supply chain.

Consistent with our values, the UNGPs and ILO conventions, we aim to have effective grievance mechanisms available for workers in our supply chains, to confidentially raise concerns including business-related human rights risks. Bunnings’ factory grievance mechanism ‘Your Voice, Worker Helpline’ allows workers to confidentially raise concerns about their working conditions via phone call, email, or messaging services including WhatsApp or WeChat. The service supports the provision of remedy for workers, enables problems to be addressed promptly before they escalate, and assists our audit program to identify ethical sourcing trends over time.

To further support transparency in working conditions, Bunnings launched the ‘Your Voice, Worker Call-Back’ service to actively seek feedback from factory workers globally.

Your Voice, Worker Call-Back is initiated during an on-site factory audit, via a Bunnings third-party, supply chain partner. After the audit, the worker receives a phone call enabling them to provide confidential feedback. This service verifies audit results, measures the effectiveness of the ‘Your Voice, Worker Helpline’ service and proactively encourages workers to gather feedback about their working conditions.

Bunnings are also members of the United Nations Global Compact Network Australia; the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative focused on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

In 2021, Bunnings co-signed an open letter to the New Zealand government supporting the introduction of a Modern Slavery Act in New Zealand to combat modern slavery and uphold human rights in our region.

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Bunnings has a zero-tolerance approach to illegally logged timber. Our goal is to ensure all timber and wood products supplied to Bunnings originate from legal and well-managed forest operations.
 
We have made significant progress in this area, with more than 99 per cent of our whole timber product sourced from low-risk plantation, independently certified, or other legally verified forest operations.
 
Our Responsible Timber Sourcing Policy was established in 2003 and revised in 2018 to include a commitment that all natural forest products will originate from third party certified forests by December 2020. This required all natural forest timber products to be derived from forests that are independently certified to Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) or another equivalent standard.
 
We worked with a small number of provisionally approved suppliers who were impacted by COVID-19 related supply chain disruptions to complete their transition. With this goal now completed, this means that all timber derived from natural forests now meet the Responsible Timber Sourcing Policy requirements.

You can learn more about our responsible timber sourcing actions over the last two decades in the timber sourcing timeline below.

undefined Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC®) is a global, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. FSC defines standards based on agreed principles for responsible forest stewardship that are supported by environmental, social, and economic stakeholders.
undefinedLogo - Responsible Wood - Transparent background colour portrait The PEFC and Responsible Wood logos identify products from sustainably managed forests through independent third-party certification. Forest certification provides assurances that forests are conserved and managed responsibly.

2001

  • Bunnings adopted a zero-tolerance approach to illegally logged timber
  • Since 2001 Bunning has been an active member of the New Zealand Imported Tropical Timber Group collaborating with government and environmental organisations to support responsibly sourced timber

2002

  • Bunnings collaborated with Greenpeace to address global illegal logging concerns and the potential impact on Bunnings’ supply chain
  • Bunnings completed the first global timber supply chain assessment to trace timber sources

2003

  • Bunnings developed and implemented our Responsible Timber Sourcing Policy

2007

  • Bunnings became the first retailer and founding partner of the WWF Global Forest Trade Network (GFTN) in Australia. The GFTN was established by WWF to provide technical advice and foster links between companies committed to responsible forestry and trade; independent forest certification being a key part of this process. Through the GFTN, Bunnings helped suppliers progress through a stepwise approach to certification
  • Bunnings introduced the Mimosa range, an exclusive 100% FSC® certified and labelled outdoor leisure timber products

2009

  • Bunnings was the lead signatory to a joint industry, community, and conservation group statement led by Greenpeace, which called for an Australian government ban on the importation of illegally logged timber
  • Bunnings introduced a condition of supply that required independent verification of legal origin for all 100% timber products made from tropical hardwoods

2011

  • Bunnings was part of the Common Platform supporting the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill, which was presented to the Australian government. The participating parties who signed the Platform were prominent in promoting an end to the importation and trade of illegal timber and wood products by advocating action from industry, consumers, and the Federal Government.

2012

  • Bunnings played a significant role in a joint timber industry, retailer and non-government organisation steering group led by Planet Ark, which developed Australia’s first national wood products forum and workshop. This was the first time that many of these stakeholders came together to discuss the challenges and opportunities to work together to grow the market for responsibly sourced timber and certified products
  • Bunnings played an active role in work aimed at supporting the implementation and education of this legislation for industry and consumers and welcomed the passing of Australia’s Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill

2014

  • Bunnings undertook a forest concession field trip with WWF to a supplier (PT Sinar Wijaya Plywood Industries) of merbau timber in West Papua, Indonesia. The aim was to witness firsthand an independent High Conservation Value (HCV) assessment that was being undertaken as part of the supplier’s goal to achieving Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification. This assessment included engaging with local communities to map ecological and socially significant forest areas, to ensure long-term sustainable forest operations

2016

  • PT Sinar Wijaya Plywood Industries achieved independent FSC® certification for its first forest concession, making it the first commercial scale producer of certified responsibly sourced merbau timber in West Papua.

2018

  • Bunnings revised our Responsible Timber Sourcing Policy to include a commitment that all natural forest products will originate from third party certified forests by December 2020. This required all timber to be independently certified by the FSC®, Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) or equivalent standard, with FSC® preferred in highly contentious regions.

2020

  • In December 2020 Bunnings released an addendum to the Responsible Timber Sourcing Policy with seven suppliers provided a 12-month extension due to COVID-19 disruptions in their journey to meeting the December 2020 commitment.

2022

  • In 2022, as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Bunnings notified suppliers that any timber or timber products sourced from Russia, Belarus and conflict areas of Ukraine would be excluded from the Bunnings’ supply chain, in line with Bunnings’ Policy to not accept conflict timber. Bunnings is working closely with a small number of affected suppliers to transition to alternative timber sources as soon as practicable.   

2023

  • Remaining provisionally approved timber suppliers who had been previously been granted an extension to comply, completed their transition to meet the revised Responsible Sourcing Timber Policy. All natural forest timber products originate from independently certified sources such as FSC®, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) or other equivalent standard.
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Bunnings has an extensive range of products that are used in conjunction with safety instructions and protective equipment, including gardening equipment, hand and power tools, and electrical products. Bunnings acknowledges the importance of providing products to the market that are fit for purpose and maintain safety of customers and team members.

Bunnings proactively engages with suppliers to strongly encourage adherence to product safety standards. This includes regular product audits to monitor conformance with mandatory standards and independent safety tests on selected products to confirm compliance with safety standards and customer expectations. Bunnings is also working towards increasing the range of alternative low and non-toxic chemical products, supported by industry research, to identify new and safer ingredients.

You can read more about our sustainability performance and how we progressed on our material sustainability issues during the last financial year on the Wesfarmers website at Bunnings (wesfarmers.com.au).