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Bunnings leads the way

Discrimination Age Discrimination

The Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan has welcomed the latest Community Report Card from Bunnings Warehouse.

The Report Card details Bunnings' actions and achievements in areas of community involvement and sustainability during the previous financial year, which includes more than 62,000 activities in Australian and New Zealand. The events – from sausage sizzles, community workshops, financial and product contributions- raised over $35 million for local communities.

Commissioner Ryan said Bunnings is a shining example of how valuable local businesses can be to everyday Australians.

"Bunnings is not only a very successful company with a revenue of $9.5 billion over the financial year; it is one of Australia's best employers when it comes to supporting the community and recognising the value of mature workers. It's one of the few companies in Australia that sees older workers as contributing greatly to the service it provides to customers," said Commissioner Ryan.

Bunnings held over 4,000 activities which directly contributed to the well-being of older members of the community including seniors groups, aged care facilities, RLS, legacy, men's Shed and Meals on Wheels.

"The Report Card illustrates the capacity companies can have on large and small scale community groups and individuals and also the practical ways a human rights approach to business can help others while maintaining a healthy bottom line," said Ms Ryan.

The Australian Human Rights Commission continues to actively engage Australian businesses and employers to support workplace diversity, meet their obligations under anti-discrimination law and integrate a human rights approach into their policies and practice, with an online hub featuring a range of practical resources.