Sustainable procurement

We work with our internal business partners as well as external suppliers to improve supply chain responsibility. We have policies, codes and guidelines to address the environmental impact of the products and services that we procure. Each year, we review a number of our procurement policies and conduct stakeholder engagement sessions. This helps us to better understand implementation and get feedback on where we can improve.

Our supplier code of business conduct is a series of principles that we share with our suppliers. It communicates a clear understanding of how we conduct business. A wide range of topics are covered, and suppliers must agree to adhere to them before working with us.

They include:

  • acting in a manner that reduces environmental impacts
  • using resources, material and energy efficiently and responsibly

Within our request-for-proposal (RFP) process, we ask potential suppliers to describe strategies they’re using to make their products and processes more sustainable. This includes initiatives like recycling, using environmentally sustainable materials, using energy efficiently, reducing packaging, sourcing locally and reducing freight. Any responses are reviewed as part of our overall evaluation and rating process, which helps us in our decision-making.

In FY15, we collaborated with our global counterparts to identify best practices in responsible procurement. These findings will help us to explore options for enhancing our work and moving towards continuing to improve our policies and practices in FY16.

Because of the nature of our business, reducing paper consumption and waste is a key priority. We track consumption by monitoring the amount of paper we purchase. In FY15, net paper consumption was reduced by 16% to 36,861,000 sheets in comparison to 43,953,000 in FY14. This represents a net reduction to our greenhouse gas emissions of 84 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent and continues the yearly reductions to our paper use we’ve made since we began measuring this data in FY12. In line with this, in FY15, we’re transitioning to make our CR report more sustainable by creating a new online digital format.