Coles funds $250,000 to aid disadvantaged Australian women.

March 21, 2023

Coles funds $250,000 to aid disadvantaged Australian women

By giving 10 cents from the sale of each haircare, skincare, and cosmetic item, Coles supermarkets all over the nation have helped Fitted for Work collect more than $250,000 in just two weeks.

The money collected in March will aid Fitted for Work in assisting Australian women who are unemployed or underemployed to enter or return to the workforce.

The incredible fundraising assistance from Coles and its customers this year, according to Fitted for Work managing director Donna de Zwart, will go a long way towards assisting Australian women in need.

Every customer who bought a skincare, haircare, or makeup product from Coles in March deserves our sincere gratitude; they made this campaign a tremendous success, she said.

“With Coles’ kind assistance, we are able to offer job-readiness assistance to an extra 1600 women across Australia, including mentoring, help with cover letters and resumes, practise interviews, and personal attire.

According to Fitted for Work, when a woman is fitted for work, she is also fitted for life. We believe in, support, and change the work lives of women. We hope to build an equal, powerful future for women in the workplace through our collaboration with Coles.

Sally Fielke, general manager of corporate and indigenous affairs for the Coles Group and head of the Coles Gender Equity Steering Committee, expressed her pride in the accomplishment of this year’s campaign, which was timed to coincide with International Women’s Day, and expressed gratitude to customers for their support.

“When people have the knowledge and tools to reach their full economic potential, they significantly improve the lives of their families, the communities in which they reside, and the workplaces. We are proud that the funds raised from this campaign will help many women gain more confidence and move one step closer to obtaining employment because we are aware that many women still encounter barriers.

“At Coles, we understand that having a gender-balanced workforce is in everyone’s best interests, which is why programmes like Fitted for Work that support women entering or returning to the workforce are so crucial.”

Over 40,000 women have received support from Fitted for Work since 2005. Compared to the national average of 17 months for women, Fitted for Work clients found work on average in 73 days.1

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency recognised Coles Group as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality after it recently met some of its most significant gender equity commitments, including 40% women in executive positions and a company-wide gender pay gap of less than 1%. (WGEA).