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Membership No.







South Africa

Member since

21 July 2010

Woolworths (Proprietary) Limited


Woolworths Holdings Limited is a South African-based retail group listed on JSE Limited. In South Africa, the group trades through Wolworths (Proprietary) Limited, a respected chain of retail stores offering discerning customers a selected range of quality clothing, food, homeware, beauty, and financial services under its own brand name. Free range and organic choices are on the increase in stores as Woolworths moves ahead on its â??good food journeyâ??. Organic foods are audited and certified by independent bodies. The information found on every package of the company's food and clothing labels that indicate materials used and country of manufacture, enable consumers to make informed choices about what they purchase.
Woolworths Holdings also owns Country Road Limited, a leading clothing and homeware retailer listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
As it has grown, evolved and adapted to the changing world around it, Woolworths has remained true to its core values of quality, integrity, value, energy, innovation and sustainability. It has continually strived to make a difference in the lives of its customers. Known by generations of South Africans simply as â??Wooliesâ??, it has grown to become part of the fabric of South African society, a benchmark for excellence and an icon of quality.
Statement of Sustainability
We are committed to only use certified sustainable palm oil in our products by 2015.
As soon as we become an RSPO member, we intend to purchase GreenPalm certificates to cover our annual palm oil usage which we estimate is 1000 tonnes a year (a database of our usage is currently being compiled).

ACOP Report Submissions

2017 woolworths proprietary limited-ACOP2017.pdf 26.9 KB
2016 woolworths proprietary limited-ACOP2016.pdf 26.1 KB
2015 woolworths (proprietary) limited-ACOP2015.pdf 20.2 KB
2014 woolworths (proprietary) limited-ACOP2014b.pdf 17.7 KB
2013/2014 woolworths-proprietary-limited-ACOP2014.pdf 19.0 KB
2011/2012 ACOP2012_Retailer_3-0027-10-000-00-81.pdf -
2010/2011 ACOP 2011 - Woolsworths (Proprietary)Limited_0.pdf -

Organisation's Commitments Toward Sustainability

  • How will your organisation promote the RSPO internally and to other stakeholders?
    We will use a wide variety of communication channels to get the story out to our stakeholders - These include presentations and lectures for our employees; articles in our employee magazine; articles in our customer magazine both paper based and digital; social networking on Facebook and Twitter; press releases and press advertising.
  • Where relevant, what processes is the organisation establishing to engage with interested parties, for example to resolve conflict or to use sustainably produced palm oil?
    We do not expect any issues of this nature. We have already communicated our expectations widely with refiners and also suppliers of palm oil ingredients around our commitment only have certified sustainable palm oil in our products by 2020 from across the ~30 food factories that supply us with food products.
  • Where relevant, how will your organisation work towards implementing the RSPO Principles and Criteria or assessing supplier performance against these criteria?
    We audit all our food suppliers regularly using independent auditors to ensure compliance with our policies.
  • Any other information that would support the application such as what your organisation hopes to gain from joining RSPO and how it would support RSPO?
    We hope to gain credibility in the marketplace for our "Good business journey" strategy. This is a strategy to transform our business socially and environmentally.
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