Aligned with our goal to positively impact our planet and leverage our partnerships for change, we’re working to make it easier for customers to make sustainable choices – by ensuring high‑impact commodities are sourced sustainably through suppliers that have low risk of negative social and environmental impacts, such as deforestation, climate change and exploitative working conditions.

100 percent of palm (kernel) oil used in Woolworths’ Own Brand food products supports the production of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified sustainable palm (kernel) oil. 

In F21, 98.56 percent of the volume of palm (kernel) oil in Own Brand food products was independently certified, and the remaining 1.44 percent supported the production of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) through the use of RSPO credits. In F21, our Palm Oil Policy was updated to further reduce the risk of deforestation in palm oil supply chains by:

  • Transitioning to CSPO in all own brand non‑food products, such as cleaners and personal care products
  • Transitioning to segregated palm oil in Macro‑branded food products to further reduce the risk of deforestation stemming from palm oil production
  • Introducing on‑pack labeling of sustainably‑sourced palm oil on high‑volume products

Our Soy Policy has been developed to make sure high‑risk/ high‑volume soy used in all own brand products and livestock feed does not contribute to deforestation. 

Woolworths Group has become a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS), a multi‑stakeholder organisation promoting the growth of production, trade and use of responsible soy. It does this through facilitating dialogue, and the implementation of a global certification standard. 

Certified sustainable soy is an emerging commodity in the Oceanic Region, and we are leading on this issue by engaging with the whole value chain, from growers to product manufacturers, to convey our expectations and seek assurance that Woolworths Group will support the production of sustainable soy. 

In F21, we calculated our footprint of high‑volume soy product ingredients (for example, soy in tofu, soy milk, edamame beans). This will allow for the identification of high‑risk soy contained within our Own Brand supply chain and inform our priority areas for action. 

Over F22, our main areas of focus are footprinting volumes of soy in livestock feed, improving reporting capability for soy derivatives and supporting the supply chain through advocating for the increase in availability of low‑risk soy

We met our 2020 Sustainability Commitment to have all Woolworths Own Brand coffee, tea, cocoa and sugar products sourced sustainably and certified through Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade or Bonsucro Certification. Our Sustainability Plan 2025 outlines how we will extend this commitment to include ingredients in all our own brand products, supporting this transition with increased industry engagement and customer awareness. For instance, our Woolworths World Environment Day 2021 campaign incorporated multiple sustainability messaging across various communications touchpoints, such as digital, out of home, and national newspapers over eight weeks. 

Our High‑Impact Commodities Policy has been updated, and will inform the Group’s focus on sourcing these commodities sustainably at the ingredient level. This will amplify our commitment to protect forests, rivers, soils and biodiversity, as well as improving the quality of life of farming communities.


100 percent of our Own Brand products containing over 5 percent paper, pulp and timber (for example own brand tissues, toilet paper and kitchen towels) have met our net‑zero deforestation commitment of being manufactured from independently‑certified sources, or at least 95 percent post‑consumer recycled content. 

Our Paper, Pulp and Timber Policy has been updated to drive an increased focus on fibre‑based packaging. All primary and secondary packaging in high‑volume own brand products, such as cereal boxes, long life milk and egg cartons, have been sustainably‑sourced either through independently‑certified or recycled sources. All other Own Brand product packaging will meet this commitment by the end of 2025.

We are committed to using cotton that has been produced sustainably and responsibly, and encouraging the use of recycled and reclaimed cotton wherever possible. The majority of cotton across Woolworths Group is used in BIG W’s own brand apparel.

Over the course of F22 we:

  • developed and published our  Sustainable Cotton Policy
  • established a Group-wide working group to share learnings and create consistent governance approaches to managing this high impact commodity
  • commenced, and subsequently expanded, BIG W’s cotton traceability pilot to achieve visibility of our supply chain beyond our direct suppliers
  • engaged with suppliers of vendor branded apparel to listen and share opportunities and challenges in this area
  • enhanced the organic cotton content in BIG W own brand apparel range. 

Our full program of work is reported in the 2022 Modern Slavery Statement

For our progress against this goal, see our 2022 Sustainability Report. For more information on our metrics, see our 2022 Sustainability Report Appendix.