Coles kicks off Sustainability Week

Coles is kicking off its second annual Sustainability Week for more than 118,000 team members across Australia.

The week is aimed at celebrating the supermarket’s recent achievements.

It also further embeds Coles’ new Sustainability Strategy built around the pillars of Together to Zero and Better Together.

More than 2500 stores across the Coles Group will focus each weekday on a key area of the Sustainability Strategy through team member videos, posters and discussions.

Topics across the week include:

  • Food waste – celebrating the 10 years of partnership with SecondBite, donating the equivalent of more than 144 million meals to people in need.
  • Recycling – 10 years of partnering with REDCycle, helping to collect more than 1.5 billion pieces of soft plastic.
  • Packaging – 2800 Coles Brand products carrying the Australasian Recycling logo.

Additionally, celebrating Coles working with industry stakeholders to reduce waste through Australian Packaging Covenant’s 2025 National Packaging Targets.

  • Greenhouse gas emissions – net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and promises to reduce combined Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by more than 75% by the end of FY30 (from a FY20 baseline).

“Since launching our new Together to Zero Sustainability Strategy in March, we have continued to see an increase in motivation and focus from our team members in embedding sustainability in their day-to-day activities,” Coles’ Chief Sustainability, Property and Export Officer, Thinus Keeve says.

Additionally, Coles has introduced dedicated social media channels on the Yammer and Microsoft Teams platforms to encourage company-wide sustainability discussions.

Mr Keeve concludes, “We need all team members to be sustainability champions to be able to make a difference and drive change.”