Sanitarium Health Food Company was registered as Australia’s first health food company in April 1898. It was established as part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia to promote and produce plant-based health foods based on its belief that plant-based diets were originally designed to provide optimal health as outlined in the biblical model.1 Worldwide, the Church operates health food industries and health-care services based on this philosophy.
Now known as Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Company, our enduring mission is to “share a message of health and hope with our community”. As such, the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Sanitarium continue to share an explicit common purpose and reason for existence.
Sanitarium is a leader in producing foods of the highest nutritional value and appeal. We invest significant resources into community nutrition education through our Lifestyle Medicine Services (LMS). Our qualified nutritionists and dietitians provide unbiased advice and consultation to both health professionals and the community, providing educational resources and programs. This community service dates back to the early 1900s, with cooking classes and nutrition lectures conducted around Australia.
Sanitarium is also a generous supporter of the community through charity partnerships.
In relation to Sanitarium's tax status, it is important to note the following:
- Sanitarium is 100% Australian owned and operated, its profits benefit the Australian economy.
- As an organisation that operates as a charity, Sanitarium is exempt from company income tax. It pays other taxes that apply to Australian companies. For more information about the Charity Sector and taxation please visit www.acnc.gov.au
- All of Sanitarium’s profits are transferred to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia which in turn operates charitable activities which include educational and health services and community programs to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.
- The 2008 Charities Commission review of the charity section concluded that Sanitarium does not gain a preferential position within the food industry as a consequence of its charitable taxation status.
- Income tax exemptions are available to all companies and individuals in Australia who limit themselves to charitable purposes, are registered as charities and otherwise qualify for such exemptions.
- Sanitarium contributes to Australia’s economy through the direct employment of 1,000 Australians, the purchase of Australian wheat and other raw materials, and working with many industry associated Australian businesses.
- Sanitarium also contributes directly to support the community through the Good Start Breakfast Club program, conducted by the Australian Red Cross, and breakfast club programs conducted by Foodbank and KickStart (SA). Each year breakfast clubs supported by Sanitarium provide almost 1 million serves of breakfast to Aussie kids in areas of greatest need.
- Each year, more than 300,000 serves of Weet-Bix are distributed to charities through our collaborative agreement with Foodbank.
- The annual Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon attracts more than 17,000 Aussie kids aged 7-15 who swim, ride and run in the event designed to increase the health and wellbeing of our communities.
For more information about Sanitarium’s community support programs visit www.sanitarium.com.au/community
1 Genesis 1:29