Sustainability

Sustainability is an integrated part of Endeavour Group’s purpose and how we will operate.

At Endeavour we aspire to leave a positive imprint on every community we participate in, and our responsibility extends beyond our own actions as we seek to improve outcomes in the wider community.

We are committed to maintaining our position as an industry leader in the responsible service of alcohol and the responsible conduct of gambling as a cornerstone of our long-term sustainability goals.

We understand the importance of creating a safe and inclusive workplace for our team members and the need to play our part in reducing the impact of our operations on the environment.

Endeavour Group’s sustainability objectives are managed through its risk management systems in combination with a cross functional sustainability team that works across the Endeavour businesses.

We are currently developing the Endeavour Group Sustainability Plan and intend to publish this in late 2021.

Community and partnerships

With over 1,800 sites nationally, we are embedded within the Australian community and strive to have a positive impact. Some of the initiatives we have engaged in include:

Partnership with 1800Respect to develop domestic violence training

We partnered with 1800RESPECT to develop an online domestic and family violence awareness training module for all of our team members, and our delivery drivers. The training provided some tools and resources to help our team either deal with a situation that may arise for a customer, or themselves.

Supporting the community

  • Disaster relief, including provision of emergency accommodation during the 2020 bushfires and secondment of 76 ALH chiefs to FareShare charity kitchens during the COVID pandemic.

  • Supported over 800 local sporting and community clubs with discounted meals and venues, in addition to direct donations.

  • In collaboration with our customers, annually contributed more than $2.5M in donations to local and national charities.

Jawun indigenous community program

Since its inception in 2013, our partnership with the Jawun Indigenous Community Program has enabled team members to be seconded for six weeks with Indigenous organisations to share their skills and experience. To date, over 20 team members have participated in Jawun secondments.

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Our people

We work as one team to contribute to the communities we serve and collaborate with our partners to help build a better industry.

Safety health and wellbeing

Endeavour Group cares about the physical and psychological safety and health of its customers, team members and business partners. We are committed to creating a safe work environment and have safety and health policies, a safety and health governance framework and safety and health standards.

There is a dedicated safety team which develops and implements safe work practices across Endeavour Group’s businesses. The safety team also manages regulatory contacts across Endeavour Group including routine inspections, responses to incidents, team member/customer complaints and proactive regulatory monitoring programs. Endeavour Group seeks to build positive relationships with workplace health and safety regulators through proactive engagement and appropriate responsiveness and management of any issues or concerns raised.

Diversity and inclusion

Endeavour Group believes that a more diverse workforce leads to better decision making and better long term outcomes for its businesses. Focusing on a commitment to improving gender equality, Endeavour Group has achieved the milestone of 33% of all senior management being female and will continue to seek increased diversity at all management levels. We have a Diversity Policy that provides a framework for new and existing diversity-related initiatives and policies within the Endeavour Group business.

As the recent demerger from Woolworths Group has resulted in our separation from Woolworths Group’s Reconciliation Action Plan, Endeavour Group will be looking to strengthen and improve its engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and by the development of its own reconciliation goals, and Reconciliation Action Plan. We will be working collaboratively with and seeking advice from First Nations peoples and other key stakeholders, to assist us to develop that Reconciliation Action Plan which will be integral to building trust and strengthening ties with the communities in which we operate.

Human rights and responsible sourcing

Endeavour Group understands the importance of human rights issues, and our Responsible Sourcing Program outlines how we engage with suppliers to promote the rights of workers in Endeavour Group’s supply chains, and is supported by the Responsible Sourcing Policy and Responsible Sourcing Standards.

Endeavour Group will focus on the highest risks in the supply chain and where the biggest positive impact on human rights can be found through the logic of risk assessments, segmentation, due diligence and mutual recognition. We have previously collaborated with members of the Australian Grape and Wine Association (AGWA) and the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) to create a shared understanding of the challenges in responsible sourcing and ethical recruitment in the wine sector, and are committed to work collaboratively with the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) to determine the best mechanism to seek positive human rights outcomes in the wine labour market.

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Reducing our impact on the environment

We recognise the environmental impact we have across our businesses and we are committed to doing the right thing, by building our businesses sustainably, acting responsibly and implementing initiatives in response to climate change.

Climate change

Endeavour Group supports Australia’s commitment under the Paris Agreement and will look to progressively adopt the recommendations of the G20 Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

The evaluation of the long-term implications of climate change is being incorporated into Endeavour’s strategic planning and in the ongoing management of its business risks.

Some of our initiatives to actively reduce our carbon footprint include:

  • Installing solar panels at over 80 sites

  • Roll out energy efficient LED lighting at our sites

  • Installing doors on our refrigeration units

Promoting circular economy

We have continued to make great progress towards reducing waste and improving the recyclability of our own brand packaging at its winery and production facilities in South Australia.

Our sites (Dorrien Estate Winery and our Vinpac Angaston production facility) completed the implementation of their own environmental management systems and each obtained an ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System certification, covering matters including storage, packaging materials, resource and solid waste usage and effluent quality. Other highlights include:

  • The general waste produced on site at Dorrien Estate Winery is now processed at the ResourceCo facility in Adelaide. The waste is converted into processed engineered fuel (PEF), which can be used to replace fossil fuels to generate energy

  • Participation in the Barossa Regional Recycling project as a member of the advisory group with local authorities and other members of the region’s wine industry. The project’s objective is to understand waste management systems, impacts to the area and identify opportunities to improve the waste management practices

  • Chair of the Wine Industry Sustainable Packaging Alliance (WISPA). This “collective impact model” is a collaboration between Australia Packaging Covenant and key businesses across the wine industry value chain, working together to improve recycling rates, drive innovation and fuel the circular economy within the Australian wine industry.

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