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National community
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At Coles, we proudly support many community and charity partners across Australia through financial contributions, fundraising, food donations and disaster relief. In the 2018 financial year, we provided over $67 million in direct support and an additional $9.3 million was contributed by customers, team members and suppliers.

Our dedicated team members are at the heart of the Coles community. Coles employs over 112,000 Australians across the country and we’re passionate about our people and proud to lend a helping hand to the many organisations that our team members are involved in.

Our community contribution is independently measured by the London Benchmark Group, which is internationally recognised and used around the world by more than 300 companies. For more information or to request an application for support, please contact us at community.relations@coles.com.au.

 


 

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SecondBite

At Coles, we are so proud of our enduring partnership with national food relief charity, SecondBite.

Thanks to our relationship with SecondBite, more than 782 Coles supermarkets across Australia donate surplus fresh food to around 1300 community food programs which provide meals to disadvantaged Australians.

Over the past seven years, our donations have equated to 78 million meals.

In addition to providing food donations, Coles also raises funds for SecondBite through the sale of $2 donation cards and shopping bags.

In 2018 alone, team members and customers at Coles supermarkets and liquor stores raised over $3.2 million to help SecondBite provide nutritious food to people in need.

The SecondBite program is truly a part of the Coles culture, with team members and customers continuously working to help feed Australians doing it tough through in-store fundraising initiatives, donation boxes and volunteer efforts.

 

Redkite

Since 2013, Coles and its generous team members and customers have been raising much-needed funds for children’s cancer charity Redkite, through donations and the sale of specially marked Coles Bakery items. To read more about our partnership, visit here. This Easter, Coles has introduced the Coles Bunny Choc Biscuit to the Redkite charity range, with 20 cents from each biscuit sold going directly to the charity. The money raised helps Redkite provide essential financial and emotional support to Aussie children and young people facing cancer, and their families.



 

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Community Bags

As one of Australia’s largest retailers, Coles recognises its responsibility to the environment. That’s why we are always looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint and contribute to the communities in which we operate.

In late 2017, Coles was pleased to partner with Clean Up Australia on environmental initiatives, such as Clean Up Australia Day and our Community Bags program, which encourages our customers to use reusable shopping bags.

The reusable bags which are designed by primary and secondary school students across Australia also help raise funds for community groups, with a portion of sales provided to Clean Up Australia, SecondBite, Little Athletics and Guide Dogs Australia.

 

Disaster relief

Coles has a long history of supporting the communities in which we operate by raising funds for disaster relief. Coles team members and customers support relief efforts by donating funds as well as essential supplies to communities in need.

In 2019, Coles supported communities affected by natural disasters, such as floods and bushfires. In January and February, Coles raised a total of $322,893 for the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund from customer donations which were matched dollar for dollar.