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Countries: South Africa
Regions: Orange, South Africa, Vaal
Organization SDGs:
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Water Use Efficiency (SDG 6.4)
Integrated Water Resource Management (SDG 6.5)
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Safe, Affordable Water
Services Offered: Communications & outreach
Org. Type: Business
Org. Size: Small (10 - 99 Employees)
Industry Sector: Apparel
Language: English
Org. Website: www.woolworths.co.za
Org. Source: User
Profile Completion: 92%
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Woolworths Holdings Limited is an investment holding company, listed on the JSE Limited since 1997. It operates mainly through two subsidiaries, Woolworths (Proprietary) Limited and Country Road Limited and through a joint venture, Woolworths Financial Services (Proprietary) Limited. Caring for our planet and the people we support through our business has always been important to Woolworths. We consolidated all our efforts to support both people and planet under one programm…

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Woolworths Holdings Limited is an investment holding company, listed on the JSE Limited since 1997. It operates mainly through two subsidiaries, Woolworths (Proprietary) Limited and Country Road Limited and through a joint venture, Woolworths Financial Services (Proprietary) Limited. Caring for our planet and the people we support through our business has always been important to Woolworths. We consolidated all our efforts to support both people and planet under one programme in 2007, which we called our Good Business Journey. The good business journey is an acceleration of Woolworths ongoing commitment to managing the business’ impact as it continues to grow and meet the increasing needs of South African consumers, and originally specifically defined a 5-year plan to 2012 in key areas. It is the result of a comprehensive and systematic review of the way Woolworths addresses the issue of sustainable growth within the context of the changing social and environmental needs of South Africa, incorporating a series of challenging targets and commitments. Through this programme we have learnt how to tread more lightly on our planet and contribute to issues affecting all South Africans.

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It has also become apparent that in the Ceres region, coupled with recurrent drought, issues of groundwater are increasingly becoming a problem for the farmers. Groundwater is usually used for emergency water but in Ceres particularly, farmers are very dependent … Learn More

The Woolworths Water Fund was established two years ago in response to the South African governmentÕs declaration that the drought in South Africa is a national disaster. In partnership with My School My Village MyPlanet, it aims to raise much-needed … Learn More

It has also become apparent that in the Ceres region, coupled with recurrent drought, issues of groundwater are increasingly becoming a problem for the farmers. Groundwater is usually used for emergency water but in Ceres particularly, farmers are very dependent … Learn More

We work with our suppliers to decrease their water footprints over time and to determine any risk to the supply of products. This is done by implementing annual Water Footprint Index (WFI) assessments, as part of the Farming for the … Learn More

In 2019, we expanded our engagement to the water-scarce Sabie & Crocodile catchment area in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa Ð an area which is strategically important for sourcing our citrus fruit and nuts. At the end of June … Learn More

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