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.
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)