Woolworths obtained 30.3 out of 100 points, making it the tenth best performing company. The company is a member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI).
The company’s commitment to sourcing more sustainable cotton is reflected in its BCI membership. It addresses environmental and social issues in cotton cultivation through this membership. The company does not have specific policies to address issues such as the elimination of highly hazardous pesticides, reducing water use, biodiversity or labour issues in cotton cultivation. The company has no initiatives to further cotton recycling. Woolworths aims to have sourced at least 15% of its cotton as Better Cotton by end of 2017, and by 2020 100% of its cotton.
The company sourced 23% of the total volume of cotton as more sustainable. This number includes both organic as well as Better Cotton and amounts to 4,161 metric tonnes of sustainable cotton.
Woolworths provides detailed figures on the absolute volumes of cotton sourced without an indication of countries of origin. The company does not provide information on its suppliers (finished product, fabric manufacturers, yarn spinners).