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At Bunnings we are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our operations

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 carbon 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. To achieve this, we’re focused on reducing our energy consumption and transitioning towards using more renewable energy.

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.


We’re also continuing to update our existing store network, with over half of our sites now retrofitted with LED lighting.

We continue to grow our local generation of renewable power by installing solar PV systems across our network. We have over 80 solar PV systems on our stores across Australia, covering more than 120,000 square metres of roof space and generating up to 30 per cent of a store’s energy needs.

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 benefits our business, our customers and the environment.

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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 Australia, and 10 in New Zealand. 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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Reducing waste from our business operations is a priority for Bunnings. Bunnings is committed to achieving 100 per cent sustainable packaging by 2025 and is a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO). You can read our 2021 APCO Annual Report and Action Plan (PDF, 935KB).

We have also adopted the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) on many of our products to help customers better understand how to correctly recycle each component of packaging.

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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.

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.

Our ethical sourcing program covers private label and imported products for both Australia and New Zealand. 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.

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.

In 2020, Bunnings proudly became 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 now sourced from low-risk plantation or other legally verified forest operations. Most of Bunnings’ timber products are sourced from independently certified forests or from forests with demonstrated progress towards achieving independent certification.

Our Responsible Timber Sourcing Policy was established in 2003 and revised in 2018 to include a commitment that all native forest products will originate from third party certified forests by December 2020. This requires all timber to be independently certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) or equivalent standard, with FSC® preferred in highly contentious regions.

COVID-19 has had a material impact on some of our suppliers and their ability to achieve the December 2020 goal set out under the Policy. COVID-19 has caused delays through business and government shutdowns, and closures of international and domestic borders. These impacts are adversely affecting the ability of third parties to access forests and workplaces to complete the independent certification process. Due to these unforeseen and exceptional circumstances, Bunnings has re-evaluated its timeline for a small number of suppliers to achieve the original December 2020 commitment.

In order to honour the intention of our Policy and support suppliers who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, we have released an Addendum to our Policy which grants a 12 month extension to existing suppliers who source products from natural timber forests with demonstrated progress towards achieving certification. However, Bunnings is aware that the continued disruption caused by COVID-19 may require additional flexibility and will continue to review its policy position regularly as new information becomes available.

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

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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. 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.
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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 here.