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Industrial and Safety

Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety is Australia and New Zealand’s leading provider of industrial and safety products, training and services. We aim to assist businesses maintain, run and grow their operations efficiently and safely.

Industrial and Safety acquired the Workwear group this reporting year and now has 240 industrial, safety and workwear branches, 159 gas distribution points and 55 Workwear Group franchise outlets. As at 30 June 2015, we employed 4,406 people and generated revenue of $1.8 billion from customers across mining, manufacturing, construction, government, transport, energy and retail.

Material issues

  • Ethical sourcing
  • Safety and diversity
  • Environmental impact
  • Product safety and sustainability

Ethical sourcing program

We continue to actively work with our local and international suppliers to ensure compliance and an agreed plan is in place to achieve compliance across the entire supply chain.

The program has been expanded to incorporate the recently acquired Workwear Group. The program includes, but is not limited to, the promotion of social compliance, ethical sourcing practices, chain of responsibility, and anti-bribery and corruption compliance.


Compliance is managed through our supplier onboarding process and physical audits for supplier operations located in non-OECD countries.

Supplier performance is monitored and recognised through our Annual Supplier of The Year Awards event.


Our people

We maintained our focus on safety and this year achieved a 21 per cent reduction in total recordable injury frequency rate from 11.6 to 9.2 (excluding WorkWear Group). Implementation of our workplace health and safety strategic plan focuses on leadership commitment, consultation and communication, risk management and targeted key risks. The targeted key risks include DriveSAFE, StoreSAFE, LiftSAFE, LoadSAFE, TaskSAFE, EnviroSAFE and OffSite & Consulting. Each key risk has an executive sponsor partnered with an HSE team member to develop strategies and programs of work to mitigate and remedy risk associated with core business activities.

We continue to invest in our people through targeted development programs designed to accelerate their career paths and create a deeper, more diverse talent pool for the organisation.



Safety performance


total recordable injury frequency rate
2015   9.21
2014   11.02
2013   13.8
2012   24.7
2011   27.8
1Excludes six months of data from Work Wear Group which was purchased during the year
2Last year's TRIFR has been restated due to maturation of data


Environmental impact

We continued to invest in sustainable buildings with all new locations featuring energy efficient LED high bay lights coupled with translucent roof sheeting and photocell controls to ensure daylight harvesting. We have now installed more than 800 LED high bay lights across the network.

We continued to manage our waste and recycling and overall increased our waste diversion rate by more than 10 per cent during the year. In addition, a cardboard and general waste compactor was installed at the Blackwoods Greystanes Distribution Centre in New South Wales.

An additional 10 Toyota hybrid vehicles replaced less efficient vehicles, which brings the total number of hybrid vehicles to 280.



Energy use


2015   1.4
2014   1.4
2013   1.1
2012   1.1
2011   1.2

 Note: Data from 2011 onwards includes Coregas

Community support

Support for The Fred Hollows Foundation Indigenous Health program continued through supplier and customer purchasing of the 'Foresight' range, as well as donations by our team members.

This year, we recognised outstanding achievers by inviting them to the Northern Territory to see the work of The Fred Hollows Foundation first hand via the See Australia Expedition. Total financial contributions from Industrial and Safety and suppliers now exceeds $400,000 since partnering with the Foundation.

We had representatives from several business streams attend the Supply Nation Connect Conference, and sponsored the event with provision of Yaru Water.

Industrial and Safety and Blackwoods assisted with the provision of goods and marketing expertise, to both Tribal Warrior Association and La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council in setting up their new sustainable businesses.

The Industrial and Safety leadership team participated in the Jawun Executive program to engage, experience and understand the issues facing Indigenous communities in a number of locations.


Our locations and individuals were again exposed to AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience), resulting in opportunities to present as mentors at workshops for high school students, and Blackwoods began a partnership with Chifley College Mt Druitt in New South Wales, where high school students heard from employees about a wide variety of career paths in order to encourage completion of education and awareness of multiple post education opportunities.

Community contributions


2015   106,054
2014   168,178
2013   210,000
2012   220,000
2011   380,000
2015   11,561
2014   18,136
2013   40,000
2012   0
2011   93,000


Safe and sustainable products

As a provider of safety products to industry, it is vital to our business that our products adhere to rigorous safety standards. Bullivants is a specialist provider of lifting, rigging, safety and related services to the industrial sector. As a corporate member of five Australian and International standards organisations, Bullivants maintains ongoing safety best practice to provide a comprehensive solution to help customers operate safely and efficiently.

2015-16 priorities

  • Maintain our strong safety record.
  • Continue to reduce the environmental impact of our business.
  • Increase diversity in our workforce.
  • Manage the risks associated with ethical sourcing.

GRI Reference: G4-DMA, G4-12, G4-EN33