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Our Approach

We recognise that anything we accomplish should not come at the expense of the societies, economies and environments we are a part of. To that end we’re commited to being a responsible member of Australian communities. 

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Putting Back Into Our Community

We recognise that anything we accomplish should not come at the expense of the societies, economies and environments we are a part of. To that end we’re committed to being a responsible member of Australian communities. 

Some of our undertakings in 2016 include:

We've diverted 6.4 millionmeals of food relief to those in need
We've donated $31.3 million back into Australian communities
We've sourced 100%RSPO-certified Own Brand products
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205,000 team members across Australia and New Zealand

Our people are at the heart of our business. We depend on our staff across our stores, distribution centres and support offices to provide our customers with exceptional service, products and price. Which is why ensuring Woolworths is a great place to work is fundamental to our business.

Working at Woolworths
  1. 1924: Woolworths begins

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    Woolworths Stupendous Bargain Basement - 1924

    Woolworths Stupendous Bargain Basement - 1924

  2. 1927: Branching out

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    Christchurch NZ opened 1930

    Christchurch NZ opened 1930

  3. 1937: Taking over the airwaves

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    Jack Davey

    Jack Davey

  4. 1939: Staff Assurance scheme launched

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    Team of Townsville, QLD, store - Christmas 1939

    Team of Townsville, QLD, store - Christmas 1939

  5. 1940: Making room for more

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    Bulk Store Perth, WA - 1957

    Bulk Store Perth, WA - 1957

  6. 1940s: The War Years

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    Woolies team present ambulances to the Army in 1940s

    Woolies team present ambulances to the Army in 1940s

  7. 1955: Our first self-service stores

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    Woolworths' first 'Self-service' store, Beverley Hills, NSW on opening day

    Woolworths' first 'Self-service' store, Beverley Hills, NSW on opening day

  8. 1957: Our first food stores

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    A customer with shopping 'glider' in Dee Why NSW 1957

    A customer with shopping 'glider' in Dee Why NSW 1957

  9. 1959: Our 300th store

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    Crowds await the opening of the 300th store - Wentworthville, NSW

    Crowds await the opening of the 300th store - Wentworthville, NSW

  10. 1960: Open for Australia

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    Local Pipe Band heralds opening of the first Supermarket at Warrawong, NSW 1960

    Local Pipe Band heralds opening of the first Supermarket at Warrawong, NSW 1960

  11. 1960: Raise a toast

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    Leederville, WA, site of first Liquor Store - 1961

    Leederville, WA, site of first Liquor Store - 1961

  12. 1960: The age of the supermarket

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    Centralian Traders converted to Woolworths Supermarket - 1960

    Centralian Traders converted to Woolworths Supermarket - 1960

  13. 1964: Quality comes first

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    Quality Assurance Laboratory - 1969

    Quality Assurance Laboratory - 1969

  14. 1973: The launch of Own Brands

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    Baby Jane - Centrepiece of Own Brands Promotion

    Baby Jane - Centrepiece of Own Brands Promotion

  15. 1976: The first BIG W

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    Tamworth BIG W Discount Department Store: Opened 1976

    Tamworth BIG W Discount Department Store: Opened 1976

  16. 1981: Acquisition of Dick Smith

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  17. 1985: Acquisition of Safeway

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  18. 1987: The Fresh Food People

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    Produce Department Neutral Bay

    Produce Department Neutral Bay

  19. 1989: Woolworths taken over by IEL

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  20. 1993: Woolworths Share Float

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    Chairman, Paul Simons and Managing Director, Harry Watts, acknowledge success of Float

    Chairman, Paul Simons and Managing Director, Harry Watts, acknowledge success of Float

  21. 1999: Project Refresh kicks-off

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  22. 2004: Acquisition of Australian Leisure and Hospitality

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    The Sail & Anchor Hotel, Fremantle, WA

    The Sail & Anchor Hotel, Fremantle, WA

  23. 2005: Woolworths acquires Foodland New Zealand

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    Hostesses greet customers at opening of Sylvia Park, Auckland, NZ, Foodtown Supermarket

    Hostesses greet customers at opening of Sylvia Park, Auckland, NZ, Foodtown Supermarket

  24. 2006: DSE joint venture in India

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    First customers at Croma store, Mumbai, India

    First customers at Croma store, Mumbai, India

  25. 2009: Joining forces with Lowe’s

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    First Masters site Braybrook Victoria

    First Masters site Braybrook Victoria

  26. 2010: Macro Own Brand launches

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    Macro Own Brand

    Macro Own Brand

  27. 2011: Acquisition of Cellarmasters

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  28. 2011: First Masters Home Improvement Stores

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    The Tool Shop

    The Tool Shop

  29. 2013: 20 years on the Australian Stock Exchange

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  1. 1924
  2. 1927
  3. 1937
  4. 1939
  5. 1940
  6. 1940
  7. 1955
  8. 1957
  9. 1959
  10. 1960
  11. 1961
  12. 1960
  13. 1969
  14. 1973
  15. 1976
  16. 1981
  17. 1985
  18. 1987
  19. 1989
  20. 1993
  21. 1999
  22. 2004
  23. 2005
  24. 2006
  25. 2009
  26. 2010
  27. 2011
  28. 2011
  29. 2013
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