Winning Group has been acknowledged in the 2024 Australian Financial Review (AFR) Sustainable Leaders List, in association with Boston Consulting Group.

The Winning Group’s free removal and recycling program for appliances, mattresses and product packaging offered through Appliances Online, Winnings and Andoo and provided by its logistics business, Winning Services, was recognised as the category winner for ‘Retail, Hospitality, Tourism & Entertainment’.

The AFR Sustainable Leaders List celebrates Australian companies making real progress in tackling sustainability and delivering business value.

Through the free removal and recycling program, the Winning Group has helped customers recycle more than 80,000 tonnes of electronics and appliances since 2005, achieve up to 75% recycling of mattress materials and up to 85% recycling of packaging materials.

Winning Group CEO, John Winning said, “We are extremely honoured to be acknowledged as a sustainability leader by the Australian Financial Review, by receiving recognition for our free recycling and removal program. Since 2005, we have pioneered a free and convenient solution in the electronics retail industry through the take-back of appliances.

“We have since expanded this program through our reverse logistics, to offer the largest national and free takeback and recycling scheme of appliances, mattresses and product packaging. Our innovation provides value to our customers demonstrated by our world-leading Net Promoter Score of over 80. 

“As a century-old, fourth generation family business we have continually adapted and innovated to create better experiences for our customers today and into the future. We recognise our responsibility to mitigate any harmful and negative, social and environmental impacts, which occur as a result of our business activities. We want to use our business ecosystem as a force for good and our commitment to sustainability sits at the core of our mission to create the best experiences in the world, for the world – for our customers, our people, our communities and the planet.”

Winning Group head of sustainable business and CSR, Alice Kuepper added, “We are proud to be recognised in the AFR Sustainability Leaders List, demonstrating how sustainability delivers benefits for business, consumers and the environment. We have implemented a comprehensive removal and recycling solution for appliances, mattresses and packaging to reduce their environmental impacts.

“With no kerbside recycling options for appliances, mattresses, soft plastics and EPS waste, our program helps keep our communities clean and prevents hazardous toxins from e-waste leaking into the environment. Our program and its recognition demonstrate how a business taking responsibility can have an impact, particularly as industry and government are increasing their focus on product and packaging stewardship schemes.

“While we are proud of our achievements and believe we can create meaningful impact within our ecosystem and industry, we acknowledge that we are only at the start of our sustainability journey. We are committed to continuing to innovate new solutions and to influence changes in our industry, and customer behaviours, by creating awareness on social and environmental issues.”