‘Evil’ Woolworths confounds us by doing some…good

Woolies touches so many businesses that stories about its heavy handed business dealing are rife, and there’s even an active facebook hater’s group for those who wish to vent. Primary producers are particularly huffy about the power of Coles and Woolies. Hell, even the graphic design comunity took some shots when the new brand was launched, suggesting (gasp) the logo aspired to Apple greatness..or ripped it off.
woolworths apple

(As an aside, a story broke late last year about three Woolies buyers getting the sack for paying too much to a particular parsnips producer and also giving him/her too much share of business. Head office quaintly denied any kickbacks, instead saying the buyers had simply been sacked for paying too much! Wonder how the primary producers felt when they read that!).

Anyway, it’s not all bad….Woolworths has been recognised as one of the 50 highest scoring global companies in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for the second year in a row and was the second highest scoring retailer in the world. Only five Australian companies were listed in the CDLI this year.

In 2007, Woolies announced an overall target to cut carbon by 40 per cent by 2015 through a range of initiatives including the implementation of sustainable green store formats, transport and logistics improvements and the integration of detailed, systematic reporting. Woolworths created 1500 instore Eco Ambassadors to help with the push.

Sounds like good news to me…wonder if it got mentioned on that Facebook group.


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