Woolworths planned to fly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags outside of its stores as part of the supermarket giant’s Reconciliation Action Plan.
Many organisations across Australia have reconciliation action plans which promote developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and communities.
One of the actions in Woolworths’ plan reads: ‘Display Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags outside stores, sites and support offices where practicable.’
The measure was to be reviewed this month.
However, despite the company’s report, a spokeswoman for the supermarket told Daily Mail Australia that Woolworths doesn’t ‘plan’ to ‘add flags outside our supermarkets’.
Woolworths could soon be flying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags outside of its stores as part of the supermarket giant’s Reconciliation Action Plan
Woolworths argued the three flags will be flown where they already fly the Australian flag – such as at the company’s headquarters – just as they are at primary schools.
‘This line in our Reconciliation Action Plan refers to our plan to fly all three nationally endorsed flags in our locations where the Australian flag is already flown – namely our support offices,’ the spokeswoman said.
‘We don’t plan to add flags outside our supermarkets.
‘The specific statement refers to displaying the flags ‘where practicable’. The locations deemed practicable are those where the Australian flag is already flown.’
The revelation comes as the supermarket giant faces intense backlash for ditching Australia Day merchandise – with Woolworths infuriating customers further for still promoting Australia Day weekend specials.
One shopper questioned why the supermarket is offering food specials over the Australia Day long weekend, following its announcement it would not stock merchandise for the public holiday.
The customer in Balmain, in Sydney’s inner west, said she received an advertisement from Woolworths offering deals on food for next weekend.
The revelation comes as the supermarket giant faces intense backlash for ditching Australia Day merchandise
A Woolworths shopper questioned why the supermarket is offering food specials over the Australia Day long weekend, following its announcement it would not stock merchandise for the public holiday
‘Why send me promotional texts on food specials if you don’t support the holiday!’ she wrote.
Woolworths defended the specials saying the supermarket wanted Aussies to enjoy ‘a large range of great value food offers’.
The supermarket giant copped criticism after announcing last week it would not sell Australian themed items for the public holiday.
A spokesperson said their focus was on offering food and produce for all occasions, including Australia Day.
‘Customers across all our stores can also expect to see a large range of great value food offers and specials to enjoy with family and friends next week in the lead up to and for the Australia Day long weekend,’ a spokesperson said.
Woolworths earlier said there had been a gradual decline in demand for Australia Day merchandise in recent years.
‘At the same time there’s been broader discussion about 26 January and what it means to different parts of the community,’ their statement read.
‘We know many people like to use this day as a time to get together and we offer a huge variety of products to help customers mark the day as they choose.
‘Woolworths and BIG W celebrate the best of Australia every day, and we’re proud to support the farmers, producers, and suppliers who work with us.’
The decision to scrap Australia Day-themed merchandise led to Opposition leader Peter Dutton calling for Aussies to boycott the supermarket altogether.