We have a presence in hundreds of communities across Australia and it’s important that we play a role in supporting our customers, team, suppliers and partners.
Here are some of the ways we’ve worked with community organisations to deliver positive outcomes for our communities over the last year.
Delivering positive social impact for children
Together with the support of our customers and team, we have a long-standing history helping fund health and wellbeing programs for Variety the Children’s Charity in NSW, ACT, SA and NT; The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal in Vic; St Giles in Tas; Telethon in WA; and the Children’s Hospital Foundation in Qld.
In the last financial year our Woolworths Supermarkets raised more than $4.3 million for these partners.
This collaborative program between Woolworths Supermarkets and Fujitsu provides hands-on learning experiences for students and job candidates living with disabilities.
Since its inception in 2018, it has grown to more than 41 locations and offered experiences to more than 3,000 young Australians.
Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants
In 2023, we partnered with Landcare Australia for the fifth Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants Program round to help our future environmental champions.
More than 1,100 projects were awarded grants of up to $1,000 each, engaging close to 105,000 children in primary schools and early learning centres countrywide.
This year the program included First Nations Perspectives projects, with 323 grants awarded to schools focusing on First Nations education and perspectives.
Breakfast Library Program
BIG W partners with the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation to deliver the innovative Breakfast Library program to kids nationwide.
The program is currently supporting approximately 2,800 children in marginalised communities with a healthy breakfast, access to quality children’s books, and reading sessions to improve literacy outcomes.
The program is now offered across 30 schools each week.
Countdown’s Growing for Good
In the last financial year, we marked the fifth year of Countdown’s Growing for Good grants.
The $50,000 (NZD) annual grant pool aims to help foster New Zealand’s next generation of environmentalists.
Support for suppliers
We dedicate funds to supporting farming projects across Australia.
Last year, the Woolworths Organic Growth Fund delivered $1.5 million in grants to Australian organic growers.
At the same time, the Woolworths Dairy Innovation Fund awarded $1.5 million in grants to support Australian on-farm projects to deliver innovation, efficiency and seasonal resilience.
Read more about our work in the community in our Woolworths Group 2023 Sustainability Report.