Woolworths gets top accolade

2012-09-25 13:47

Johannesburg - Woolworths Holdings [JSE:WHL] on Tuesday said it was honoured to have been named responsible retailer of the year at the World Retail Congress for the third time.

"This award honours our customers, shareholders, suppliers and employees who understand that our country's future growth depends on all of us doing our bit to contribute to a better environment and society that we all share," said Woolworths spokesperson Justin Smith.

"It indicates yet again that South Africa is on the global retail map and is competing successfully with the best on a consistent basis."

Marks & Spencer, based in the United Kingdom, was named joint winner.

Coop Switzerland, Pick n Pay, The Co-operative, and Turkcell iletisim A.S were also shortlisted.

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  • mike.dufham.7 - 2012-09-25 13:50

    What about their employment policies?

      JaredVN - 2012-09-25 14:04

      Woolworths should also win the Heinrich Himmler award for the winner in the category: "Most anti-minority racist retailer."

      shadho.storm - 2012-09-28 19:14

      With ALL the Incorrectly labelled F&B products as per past and current South African F&B Legislation's and Regulations. That were and or on shelves. Others found just a few days ago being 23/09/2012 which await official Regulatory responses at this time. Yet they afforded this award again? Well WoolWorths, you are in for the surprise of your business lives sooner than you think and you fully aware of what is coming as you have been for the last few years! The amount of rope you were given and which you accepted with open arms, believing nothing would come of numerous Governmental F& B Regulatory Department validated complaints you have received. May indeed be the rope that ties WoolWorths in Knots they are going to find extremely difficult to wriggle out of. Know this! What the next award WoolWorths receive. May indeed be very very different to this award and the clock has virtually clicked up.

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-25 14:00

    Well done

  • mzakes.matabata - 2012-09-25 14:05

    good job :)

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-25 14:07

    I believe Julius is dressed by Woolworths.

      richard.sloman.5 - 2012-09-25 14:19

      Henk don't be silly, Julius would rather kill himself that be seen dead in Woolworths clothing...

  • dewalds3 - 2012-09-25 14:18

    Still boycotting them..

      ron.bilyard - 2012-09-25 14:31

      Me too.

      renny.meere - 2012-09-25 14:43

      Me too, all the way!

  • albert.vanzyl.94 - 2012-09-25 14:33

    Het julle seker n' paar rand uit die sak gejaag of hoe? volg maar die trand in sa met korupsie

  • graeme.whittaker1 - 2012-09-25 14:37

    I think that Woolworths South Africa is a racist company and should get their award taken away from them and only be given back once they or the South African govenment changes their employment equity.

      graeme.whittaker1 - 2012-09-25 14:55

      And another thing, they should start moving with the rest of the world and get over this racist BS. Aparthed finished years ago, time to move on now

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-09-25 14:56

    Please help me... How can you say in the nice way: screw Woolworth , shoved your trophy where a Sun is not shining.

  • jacovniek - 2012-09-25 15:22

    Well done Woollies... world class retailer! I still don't understand why some are still making a storm in a teacup. As far as I understand, they are merely trying to follow standard equity principles. They just stipulated which positions they need different representation in... what is so wrong with that? I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion, which I will respect. However, I will continue to support them.

      kent.heerden - 2012-09-25 19:46

      I bet you wouldn't have that same attitude if your company replaced you with a black programmer, simply because they are black! Shame on you! You're a white man but you won't even stand up for your own kind in these horrible times. Shame on you!

      graeme.whittaker1 - 2012-09-25 19:48

      Very well said Kevin, we need to get over this racist BS and move forward for a better country

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-25 17:52

    Start spending your money wisely......woolworths is just a start. Those that want to shop there do so but dont come cry when your children are turned away from jobs. Mothers are breaking their hearts having to send their teenagers away to a strange country to get a better education and hardly ever see them. They marry and those mothers are denied their grandchildren. Wake up, we have sat back for 18 yrs time to end all this crap. Start with woollies. Somebody has to stand up and be heard one of these days.

  • kent.heerden - 2012-09-25 20:11

    I have started a petition to have this award revoked! Sign the petition here:

  • MichellevanJ - 2012-09-26 01:29

    Wow! What a slap in the face for white South Africans! While we're boycotting them for their racist policies, they get an award for creating a better society for South Africa.

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