Our communities

GWA’s policy is to act responsibly, ensuring that our people deal appropriately with the communities in which we operate, to encourage and gain their support.

During FY20 GWA continued to partner with a range of community-based and charitable organisations to support their endeavours which is in line with our vision of making life better.

GWA and The Smith Family, Making Life Better

The Smith Family is the largest Australian children’s education charity helping young Australians living in disadvantage to succeed at school, so they can create better futures for themselves.

The Smith Family supports children in need through their flagship Learning for Life program. This evidence-based program helps children to participate in their education more fully through a three-step approach. Financial, practical and emotional support aids in their educational journey throughout their school years. This innovative approach is improving the attendance and outcomes at school for children in need, and is enabling them to be engaged in further study or work after leaving the program.

For the past 2 years GWA has supported 60 children in drought affected areas in Australia. 


Sustainable Coastlines

Sustainable Coastlines’ mission is to enable people to look after the coastlines and waterways they love. They co-ordinate and support large-scale coastal clean-up events, education programs, public awareness campaigns and riparian planting projects.

GWA has continued its sponsorship of Sustainable Coastlines, which is assisting in removing 30,000 litres of rubbish annually from New Zealand beaches and waterways. 


Supporting our Community in the UK

In the UK, GWA continues its support of the Wigan and Leigh Hospice.  This Hospice is a charity which provides care and support to people who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness which is no longer curable. The Hospice supports the ‘whole needs’ of our individual patients including their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and support is also provided by the Hospice for those people who are most important to our patients. Their care extends to patients with any life-limiting illness including - but not limited to - cancer, respiratory and heart conditions and neurological conditions.

GWA also supports Macmillan Cancer Support which is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. It also looks at the social, emotional and practical impact cancer can have, and campaigns for better cancer care. Macmillan Cancer Support's goal is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer in the UK.

GWA Supports Bushfire Charity Relief

The devastating bushfires in early 2020 caused widespread destruction across Australia and particularly in regional NSW.  In February 2020, GWA held Bushfire Charity events at our flagship stores in Sydney and Adelaide with donations and proceeds going towards the recovery effort.  

GWA in the Community

In FY20, GWA spent approximately $69.6 million on salary/wages and benefits to our employees; $17.8 million was remitted in income taxes; $46.2 million was returned to GWA shareholders in the form of dividends; and $316.1 million was paid to our suppliers.  This is outlined in the following chart.