Contributing locally across many communities
Directly and through support from our customers and team members, our community contributions were $132 million
Reflecting the Group's divisional autonomy, our approach to community engagement is driven and managed by our businesses to ensure value is created in ways that best fit with their operations and geographic spread.
With businesses across Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Wesfarmers has a local footprint in many communities. Many of our divisions have major, long-term partnerships at a national level such as Coles' support of national cancer charity RedKite. This partnership achieved a significant milestone in 2017, with more than $24 million raised since the partnership started in 2013.
In addition to these major partnerships, a significant part of our community investment is directed to smaller, not-for-profit organisations operating locally. For example, the Bunnings sausage sizzles and cake stalls enjoyed by many Bunnings customers every week are valuable fundraising opportunities for local community groups, where all of the funds raised go directly to the group conducting the fundraiser. Coles, Kmart and Target provide gift cards to community groups or facilitate the collection of customer donations for local fundraising initiatives. As a result of these locally-driven activities, there is a significant number of community programs supported across Australia, including environmental projects, education programs and mental health initiatives.