Bunnings is committed to the highest standards of conduct and ethical behaviour in all of our business activities and to promoting and supporting a culture of honest and ethical behaviour, corporate compliance and good corporate governance.
Bunnings encourages the reporting of any instances of suspected unethical, illegal, fraudulent or undesirable conduct involving Bunnings.
Bunnings provides protections and measures so that those persons who make a report may do so confidentially and without fear of intimidation, disadvantage or reprisal.
This policy is available on the Bunnings intranet and internet pages.
This policy applies to protected disclosures made in New Zealand by:
You may make a report under this policy if you objectively have reasonable grounds to suspect that a Bunnings director, officer, team member, contractor, supplier, tenderer or other person who has business dealings with Bunnings has engaged in conduct ("Reportable Conduct") which:
Bunnings expects that reports made under this policy are made honestly, ethically an on reasonable grounds. Persons making reports under this policy may still qualify for protection under this policy even if their disclosure turns out to be incorrect.
This policy is not intended to apply to disclosures relating to conduct concerning a person’s individual employment or former employment (other than as set out in Reportable Conduct), such as:
These matters will not be deemed to be Reportable Conduct, do not fall within the scope of this policy, and will typically be investigated or addressed separately under Bunnings’ Respectful Workplaces Policy.
Bunnings has several channels for making a report if you become aware of any issue or behaviour which you consider to be Reportable Conduct:
To Speak Up (independent third-party)
A report may be made via the Bunnings Speak Up Service: a free external hotline and reporting service independently monitored by Deloitte.
Speak Up reporting options are:
Reports may be made anonymously, but if you provide your contact details to Speak Up, those contact details will only be provided to Bunnings if you consent. (Bunnings’ previous platform, BHonest, will continue for a period of transition in conjunction with Speak Up).
To a Protected Disclosure Officer
In order to ensure appropriate escalation if a disclosure is made internally, and timely investigation, we request that reports are made to any one of our Protected Disclosure Officers, listed below:
Reports may also be posted to c/- Locked Bag 3004, Hawthorn, Victoria, 3122 (marked Private & Confidential and to the attention of one of the Protected Disclosure Officers).
In order to qualify for protection, the disclosure must be made to one of the recipients outlined above, or any other recipient prescribed by law, such as an “officer” or “senior manager” of the company (includes a director, or a senior manager in the company who makes, or participates in making, decisions that affect the whole, or a substantial part, of the business of the company, or who has the capacity to affect significantly the company’s financial standing), the relevant regulator or Bunnings’ auditor. Reportable Conduct will not be protected if the disclosing party:
Bunnings will investigate Reportable Conduct reported under this policy as soon as practicable after the matter has been reported. Speak Up, or a Protected Disclosure Officer may, with your consent, appoint a person to assist in the investigation of a report. Where appropriate, Bunnings will provide feedback to you regarding the investigation’s progress and/or outcome (subject to considerations of the privacy of those against whom allegations are made).
Any investigation will be conducted in an objective and fair manner, and otherwise as is reasonable and appropriate having regard to the nature of the Reportable Conduct and the circumstances.
While the particular investigation process and enquiries adopted will be determined by the nature and substance of the report, in general, as soon as practicable upon receipt of the report, if the report is not anonymous, a Protected Disclosure Officer or delegate will contact you to discuss the investigation process, including who may be contacted and such other matters as are relevant to the investigation.
Where a report is submitted anonymously, Bunnings may conduct an investigation based on the information provided to it.
Bunnings is committed to ensuring confidentiality in respect of all matters raised under this policy, and that those who make a report are treated fairly and do not suffer retaliatory action.
Retaliatory action includes dismissal, demotion, harassment, discrimination, disciplinary action, bias, threats injury to a person (including psychological harm, and/or damage to a person’s property or reputation, or their business or financial position or other unfavourable treatment connected with making a report.
If you are subjected to retaliatory action as a result of making or intending to make, a report under this policy you should:
Bunnings will not tolerate whistleblowers suffering threats of any retaliatory action or actual retaliatory action as a result of making a disclosure or report or because they may make a disclosure or report under this Policy and any such actions taken may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
Subject to compliance with legal requirements, upon receiving a report under this policy, Bunnings will take reasonable steps to keep your identity confidential and reduce the risk of disclosure in the course of an investigation and will only share your identity as a whistleblower or information likely to reveal your identity if:
If Bunnings needs to investigate a report, it may disclose information that could lead to your identification, but it will take reasonable steps to reduce this risk.
Any disclosures of your identity or information likely to reveal your identity will only be made to an employee, advisor or contractor of Bunnings Group Limited, Bunnings Limited, or Wesfarmers Limited, who reasonably has a need to investigate, report on, or respond to, the matters raised in your disclosure.
All files and records created from an investigation will be retained securely.
Unauthorised release of information to someone not involved in the investigation (other than senior managers or directors who need to know to take appropriate action, or for corporate governance purposes) without your consent as a whistleblower will be a breach of this policy.
Whistleblowers are assured that a release of information in breach of this policy will be regarded as a serious matter and will be dealt with under Bunnings; disciplinary procedures.
Persons considering making, or who have made disclosures can also seek further advice from Ombudsmen for advice. The contact details are as follows:
PO Box 10152
Phone: 0800 802 602
It is expected that Bunnings’ team members who become aware of actual Reportable Conduct, or suspect on reasonable grounds, potential cases of Reportable Conduct, will make a report under this policy or under other applicable policies.
Protected Disclosure Officers will report to the Bunnings and Wesfarmers boards on the number and type of whistleblower incident reports annually, to enable Wesfarmers to address any issues at a divisional/business unit and/or Group level. These reports will be made on a ‘no names’ basis, maintaining the confidentiality of matters raised under this policy.
The Wesfarmers Audit and Risk Committee will receive copies of all Bunnings whistleblower reports, and whistleblower reports from Protected Disclosure Officers (as appropriate). In addition, serious and/or material Reportable Conduct will be considered by the Protected Disclosure Officers for immediate referral to the Chairman of the Wesfarmers Audit and Risk Committee.
Last amended 1 JULY 2021