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Sustainable agriculture

Coles continued to roll out the app-based Coles Farm Program to support its suppliers in improving the sustainability of their farming operations through enhanced traceability, environmental performance monitoring and employee training.

During the year, Coles partnered with a leading agri-environmental consultancy to conduct Australia’s first on-farm carbon foot-printing assessment of beef producers, using methodology approved by the Carbon Trust. The Carbon Trust is a not-for-dividend company that helps organisations and companies reduce their carbon emissions and become more resource efficient.

Coles Agronomy Group was launched during the year, with 12 growers volunteering their time to work together with Coles to address industry challenges around varietal development, agronomy (fertiliser and pesticides), water use and labour practices in the fresh produce industry.