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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 2017 financial year, we provided almost $55 million in direct support and an additional $8.9 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 680 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 50 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 2017 alone, team members and customers at Coles supermarkets and liquor stores raised over $1.6 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

Coles is proud to support Redkite, which helps provide essential support and financial assistance to children and young people with cancer and their families.

Over the past five years, Coles team members and customers have raised $28 million for Redkite, which has enabled support for families around 120,000 times by helping to provide counselling services at hospital bedsides, financial assistance and scholarships for young cancer patients and survivors.

Our 2017 Christmas campaign raised an outstanding $1.6 million through the sale of $2 donation cards and our very own Gerry the Gingerbread man, with 20 cents from every gingerbread sale supporting Redkite.

To help Redkite reach many more families with critical assistance, Coles has also donated five cents from the sale of every loaf of specially marked Coles Brand and Coles High Top bread to Redkite since 26 January 2013.

 

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Clean Up Australia

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.

Together with Clean Up Australia, we asked primary and secondary students across Australia to design our new range of Coles reusable bags which will go on sale in June.

The reusable bags will be available for shoppers as we transition away from single use plastic bags and will also help raise funds for community groups, with a portion of sales provided to Clean Up Australia, SecondBite, Little Athletics and Guide Dogs Australia.

Good things are happening at Coles as we move from single use plastic bags and work with Clean Up Australia on the launch of our new reusable bag range.

 

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 2017, Coles supported communities affected by Cyclone Debbie. To kick start the fundraising, Coles donated $100,000 to Red Cross to support affected communities and provided $150,000 in grants to affected farmers. At supermarkets across Australia, Coles then raised over $60,000 for the Red Cross appeal to support disaster affected communities and farmers.