Key reports and policies:

ETHICAL SOURCING

Myer is committed to sourcing merchandise that is produced in safe working conditions, where the human rights of workers are respected. This commitment is supported by our Ethical Sourcing Policy, and a framework designed to measure supplier adherence, identify breaches, and continuously improve the ethical performance of our supply chain.

The framework includes:

  • Transparency on the location of all factories by all new suppliers
  • Ranking of suppliers according to risk profile
  • Determining which suppliers are to be audited under the Policy
  • Detail of the audit process and 2-year cycle
  • Assessment of the risk level of issues identified during audits
  • Remedial action plan or withdrawal of supply for non-compliant Suppliers, depending on the severity of the breach

We directly source products from a range of locations, with more than 95 percent of Myer Exclusive Brands (MEBs) master brands currently sourced from China, India, Italy, Bangladesh and Vietnam.

For more information on our Ethical Sourcing performance in the last year, please see our Annual Report.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Myer developed an Energy Management Strategy for FY14-FY18, with a target of reducing our energy intensity (use of energy per square meter of store space) by 10-15% by 2018, from a baseline of 190 kJ/m2/opening hour in FY2013.

We embarked on a significant project schedule with the aim of reaching this target, with projects including:

  • Lighting efficiency upgrades
  • Upgrades to building controls
  • Heating and Cooling system repairs and upgrades
  • Temperature and time-clock adjustments
  • Energy data monitoring and reporting to all our stores
  • Education and behaviour change
  • Variable speed drives

Since FY2013 we have achieved an energy intensity reduction of 12.8%.

WASTE AND RECYCLING

In FY2017 we have a comprehensive reuse and recycling system in place for our major waste streams including cardboard, clear flexible plastics, hangers, damaged and unsold stock, timber pallets, security tags and metals. In FY2017 we completed the roll out of an optimised recycling system, co-funded by the Australian Packaging Covenant. The project resulted in an in-store packaging recycling rate above 80 percent, and we shared what we learnt through the project publicly with industry. We subsequently launched an internal waste and recycling leader board for store management as part of embedding the optimised system. Our total waste generation from day-to-day store activities fell significantly, driven primarily by the strong merchandise focus on range optimisation, and partly enabled by the optimised recycling system roll out. Significant construction and demolition waste offset most of this reduction, due to store closures and a major project to dispose of old fixturing. Overall we saw a total reduction in waste of two percent.

 

Material

FY2014

FY2015

FY2016

FY2017

Recycling

Cardboard and paper

3,520

3,618

3,774

3,431

 

Plastic film (LDPE)

445

368

473

316

 

Hanger reuse

406

417

410

370

 

Damaged and unsold stock

73

69

315

265

 

Timber pallets

124

281

163

146

 

Alternative waste treatment

               0

94

62

36

 

Security tags

91

68

87

80

 

Metals

22

66

65

290

 

Bottles and cans

45

43

40

19

 

Printer cartridges

               0

               1

               1

1

 

Total recycling (tonnes)

4,726

5,026

5,390

4,955

Waste

Waste to landfill (tonnes)

3,637

3,589

3,525

3,761

 

Diversion Rate
(% recycled)

57

58

60

57

 

PLASTIC BAGS

Myer shopping bags are made from low density polyethylene. They are strong, cost effective, and fit for the purpose of protecting and carrying customer purchases. They can be reused again and again, and once they are no longer fit for reuse, they can be recycled by dropping them off at any REDcycle collection point, www.redrecycle.net.au