As a procurer of large amounts of building products and materials, we have significant influence on the sustainability of our supply chain. This represents a major opportunity for the Group’s Design and Construction, and Operations to continue reducing our impact on the environment and have a positive impact on the social aspects of our supply chain.
The key priorities in managing our supply chain involve consistency, efficiency and minimising reputational risk.
With the heightened social focus on protecting human rights and Australia’s proposed Modern Slavery Act in 2018, we will be committed to strengthening our stance on social responsibility and values for an ethical supply chain. We have already taken steps towards ensuring the Group meets the requirements of the UN Guiding Principles and the Australian Government’s Modern Slavery and Reporting in the supply chain requirements.
Our long-term vision is to develop capabilities, policies and systems to manage, monitor and review our suppliers of building products and materials, so that we can procure sustainable products using recycled materials wherever possible from a network of ethical suppliers.
In 2017 we continued our efforts to improve energy efficiency. The Group’s operations reflected a year-on-year reduction in electricity consumption of 3% and a decrease in scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas emissions of 2%. This continues the downward trend in reduction of both energy consumption and emissions generation that has been in place since 2014.
We are actively designing our new and redeveloped assets to be resilient against the impacts of climate change. It is our vision to find the harmonious balance between functionality, commerciality and sustainability.