Clothing and food retailer Woolworths has set new public sustainability goals that, among others, will increase reliance on renewable energy and improve supply chain processes at a time when SA companies are under pressure to keep prices down in a weak economy.

Its new goals, to be reached by 2025, include ensuring a traceable supply chain so the firm will know every aspect of the origin of its food and clothing raw materials. Others include a plan to rely only on renewable energy sources by 2030. The company said it would also ensure that all Woolworths private-label fashion and home products are designed to be reused, repaired, repurposed or recycled. ..

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