Wesfarmers Limited headquartered in Perth, Australia has interests transcendently in the retail markets of Australia and New Zealand.
Image: company website
Additionally, it deals in chemicals, manures, coal mining and industrial safety equipment. With $62.7 billion revenue in 2015 it has become the biggest organization in Australia by surpassing retail rival Woolworths Limited and the mining mammoth BHP Billiton.
Wesfarmers is also the biggest employer of Australia, with employee strength of around 205,000. Initially established as a co-operative to serve the Western Australian farmers, the company transformed itself into a noteworthy retail conglomerate as it got listed in the Australian Stock Exchange in 1984.
Wesfarmers has developed into one of Australia's biggest listed companies. With base camp in Western Australia, its assorted business operations spread is diversified across grocery stores, alcohol, hotel and convenience stores, office supplies, retail establishments, and an industrials division with presence in categories such as chemicals, energy and manures, industrial products and coal. Wesfarmers is one of Australia's biggest private area businesses with a shareholder base of roughly 500,000 and an objective of providing palatable returns to its shareholders. Its major emphasis is on satisfying the customer needs by providing quality products and services at competitive prices, healthy work environment to retain staff and contribute towards the prosperity of the society and environment. Wesfarmers has won the 2009 WA Environmental Award for corporate business leading by example for outstanding performance in the mining domain and more recently the National Export Award for minerals and energy sector. Coles, the company’s retail arm was awarded the Fairtrade National Retailer of the Year for 2014.
Market Cap (in Bn $)= 45.642
To arrive at this list market capitalization has been taken into consideration since FMCG is an established industry and market determined ranking would be appropriate to evaluate the same.