Woolworths South Africa was recently named a winner of the 2021 Change Agents Sustainability Award presented by Oracle.
The Oracle Change Agent Sustainability Awards is an annual global programme that honours customers who have demonstrated excellence in environmental leadership, cost reduction, and improvement of business efficiencies with Oracle Cloud technologies.
“Woolworths South Africa’s achievement is an outstanding example of the value that comes from making sustainability a business imperative,” said Jon Chorley, Oracle’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Group Vice President of Supply Chain Management Product Strategy.
“We are inspired by Woolworths South Africa’s innovative use of Oracle Cloud to create a more sustainable future, and honour their important work in accelerating meaningful change.”
Food quality, safety, consistency and traceability are critical to the success of Woolworths‘ private label business, all of which need ongoing auditing and monitoring throughout the production and supply chain.
Since adopting Oracle Retail Brand Compliance Management Cloud Service) in 2017, Woolworths has also adapted the system to track and measure various key sustainability goals that the retailer reports on as part of its Good Business Journey* (GBJ).
“We are honoured to receive Oracle’s ‘Change Agents Sustainability award. With our vision to be one of the world’s most responsible retailers, sustainability is core to our business – it impacts everything that we do,” comments Latiefa Behardien, Woolworths Foods Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer.
“As part of our GBJ commitment it is imperative for every product sold at Woolworths to have a sustainability attribute like responsibly sourced cocoa, recyclable packaging, made with free range egg or Farming for Future.
“This attribute needs to be identified, measured, independently audited and reported on in our annual GBJ report. Capturing these attributes in the FPI (Oracle Retail Brand Compliance Management Cloud Service specification has transformed our reporting systems which was previous very manual and time consuming,” he adds.
“As our single system that houses our product data, Oracle Retail Brand Compliance enables real-time reliable reporting which is critical to our daily operations.”