About Sustainable Choice
Sustainable Choice assists local government to integrate sustainability into their procurement systems and purchase sustainable products and services. Every purchase counts and Sustainable Choice can make it easier; it’s the responsible and sensible approach to procurement.
Sustainable procurement isn’t just about being ‘green’, nor is it limited to environmental impacts. Sustainable procurement is about good business practice that focuses on socially and ethically responsible procurement and delivering economically sound solutions while minimising an environmental impact.
Sustainable procurement has gained a lot of traction recently, in particular since the official launch of ISO 20400, in April 2017, the first ever guidance standard on sustainable procurement.
Both government and private sector procurement staff are looking to purchase sustainable products and services. Suppliers who have or are working towards embedding sustainability initiatives into their business are generally preferred.
Sustainable Choice conducts an annual sustainable procurement survey within NSW councils. In a recent survey around 90% of respondents indicated that they think the importance of sustainable procurement will significantly increase over the next 5 years. 80% of respondents indicated that they include sustainability considerations in their tenders. Of these respondents, 36% indicated that they ‘always’ incorporate sustainability and 52% indicated that they ‘sometimes’ include sustainability criteria. These figures indicate a clear trend towards incorporating sustainability.
Benefits of being a Sustainable Choice Supplier
A listing on the Sustainable Choice Supplier Database is a way for your company to reach out to local government. Typically the database receives between 600-800 hits a month from local councils wanting to purchase products and services more sustainably.
Database: The database is actively promoted by Local Government Procurement (LGP) to NSW councils. We also work with procurement organisations in other states across Australia and promote the database nationally.
Suppliers of sustainable products and services can register to be included on the database by visiting the website. To be eligible to register, a business must demonstrate that they are a sustainable business that offers products and/or services that are eco-friendly, socially responsible and economically viable. There are also a number of indicators of sustainability that may be attached to a company’s products and/or services available on the website.
Forums: As a Sustainable Choice member, you also get the opportunity to participate in bi-annual forums as an exhibitor which ensures direct interaction with councils. These forums are intimate in nature, consisting of 20-50 council officers representing between 10-15 councils. Exhibitor numbers are capped at 8-10 with a ‘Meet the Suppliers’ session run in a ‘Speed Dating’ format, ensuring that each supplier is able to connect with every participant.
Newsletter: Further, Sustainable Choice newsletters sent quarterly to NSW councils promotes the database. Newly listed suppliers are mentioned within the newsletters with links to the listing on the Sustainable Choice database. In addition, LGP also provides the opportunity for sustainable choice suppliers to promote their business via an advertorial in our newsletters.
Preferred Source: Survey data from recent years indicates that 79% of members nominated the Sustainable Choice website, including Sustainable Products and Services Database as their most common way of interacting with Sustainable Choice.
Sustainability in Tenders: A high percentage of councils are now including sustainability considerations in tenders. LGP Sustainable Choice are working towards introducing sustainability criteria in all tenders run by LGP.
Being listed on the Sustainable Choice Supplier Database will help you meet the requirements of local government as a preferred sustainable supplier translating into opportunities for your business.
The commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018 was passed by parliament on 10 December 2018 and commenced on 1 January 2019. The Act requires entities based, or operating, in Australia, which have an annual consolidated revenue of more than $100 million, to report annually on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains, and actions undertaken to address those risks. This report is known as a Modern Slavery Statement.
Below are some documents that provide good advice and tips on how to get started and how to approach this very important matter.
You can access the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018 here.
The Commonwealth has released a draft Reporting Guidance which contains detailed information on what should be included in a Modern Slavery statement. Please access it here.
Case studies and Best Practice
Below is some additional interesting and useful information including case studies of leading practice:
- The Marks & Spencer Modern Slavery Toolkit is an excellent document explaining Modern Slavery and steps Suppliers can take to tackle Modern Slavery in their supply chains.
- From Disclosure to Action – Assessment of FTS100 companies in the UK and their compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act.
- Case studies of Leading Practice
- Guiding principles on Business and Human Rights (United Nations)