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National community
partners

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.

 


Redkite

Coles partners with national cancer charity Redkite to help children and young people with cancer and their families to cope with the emotional and financial stress of cancer. Since 2013, Coles has raised over $30 million for Redkite which has transformed what Redkite can do to support families across Australia when their child has cancer.

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HELPING SECONDBITE FEED THOSE IN NEED

There’s nothing better than a warm, nourishing meal on a cold day. Unfortunately, the winter months can be a particularly hard time for Aussies doing it tough and, with as many as 2 million Australians currently experiencing food insecurity, a comforting meal isn’t always achievable.
That’s why Coles is proud to support national food rescue organisation SecondBite.

The charity collects surplus food from more than 780 Coles stores across Australia and distributes it to food programs to help feed those in need. The SecondBite Winter Appeal is now on, and you can help by picking up a $2 donation card from Coles. This $2 donation helps SecondBite provide the equivalent of 10 meals to Aussies in need, giving them the chance to enjoy warming meals this winter.

HOW TO HELP

Buy a $2 donation card between 5th June and 2nd July 2019 and all proceeds will go directly to help SecondBite support Aussies in need. Head to secondbite.org for more information.

Join the fight against MND

Join the fight against MND

by buying Coles Brand fresh pork.

10¢ DONATION FROM EACH PACK SOLD STARTING 8TH MAY

All Coles Brand fresh pork is 100% Aussie, free from artificial growth promotants and sow stall free.

From 8th May until 16th June 2019, when you buy Coles Brand fresh pork, we’ll donate 10 cents per pack to FightMND to help find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.

Further to our donation, our Coles Australian pork farmers will also be donating to FightMND over this period to help this good cause.

Support FightMND, Shop Coles Brand fresh pork online now >

Guide Dogs Australia

Since 1982, Coles has supported the Guide Dogs Australia Collection Dog Program. The iconic Collection Dogs raise money to support people who are blind or have low vision by providing them with the skills and confidence to move around their local communities safely and independently. Coles’ team members and customers have raised over $9 million since 1982 for Guide Dogs Australia. You will find Collection Dogs in Coles supermarkets throughout Australia.

You can also support Guide Dogs Australia by purchasing a special-marked community bag at Coles. These durable, multi-use bags have been designed by school children from across Australia. Ten cents from special-marked tote bags will be donated to Guide Dogs Australia.

With the number of Australians needing Guide Dog Australia’s services set to significantly increase by the year 2020, every act of kindness matters, big and small. Your loose change and donations support Guide Dogs Australia in offering services nationally and have helped to raise, train and breed over 170 Guide Dogs, so when you next shop at Coles, be sure to make a donation.

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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.