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    Supply chain sustainability: 5 ways to exert your influence Supply chain sustainability: 5 ways to exert your influence

    Supply chain sustainability: 5 ways to exert your influence

Supply chain sustainability: 5 ways to exert your influence

There are strong business benefits to be gained by understanding and managing the sustainability issues that are significant in an organisation or industry’s supply chain. Traditional procurement practices focus on price, product quality and on-time delivery – criteria that impact directly on the bottom line. However, through its various supply chain practices, an organisation can positively or negatively affect the local economy, the environment and people – via its labour practices, level of product responsibility and policies regarding human rights and society in general. Some of the advantages of embedding sustainability considerations into procurement processes include: Reducing risks (reputation, legal, environment, safety, continuity of supply, traceability and quality) Achieving operational efficiencies and cost savings Building mutually beneficial supply chain relationships Demonstrating corporate social responsibility Achieving and retaining certification to  ISO14001:2015; ISO9001:2015 and ISO45001 The standard for Environmental Management Systems, ISO14001:2015, requires organisations to “determine environmental requirement(s) for the procurement of products and […]

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    Opportunities emerge in carbon and energy Opportunities emerge in carbon and energy

    Opportunities emerge in carbon and energy

Opportunities emerge in carbon and energy

If one or more of your company’s facilities has some carbon and energy saving ideas that haven’t come to fruition, now is the time to firm up the program with quotes and calculations of CO2-e reduction potential. The 2015 financial year will offer smart companies the chance to benefit from new Federal Government rebates. While support for renewable energy generation has waned under the Coalition Government, recently released draft legislation has some interesting features to note. Consistent with Canberra’s intention to commence the Direct Action Plan following repeal of the carbon tax sometime later this year, the government released the Emission Reduction Fund White Paper earlier in May. Under this legislation a much wider range of people and businesses will be able to plan one or more emission reduction projects and enter into a contract to secure funding from the Federal government prior to implementation. The Clean Energy Regulator will […]

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    Is your company at risk of waste dumping? Is your company at risk of waste dumping?

    Is your company at risk of waste dumping?

Is your company at risk of waste dumping?

Large fines, jail terms and damage to a company’s reputation can easily result from failing to effectively manage the risks associated with waste disposal in NSW. If waste is illegally dumped on land that is not licenced as a waste facility and harms the environment, the maximum penalty is $5million or a 7 year jail sentence. Illegally transporting waste, or causing it to be taken to a place that cannot lawfully receive the waste can cost $1million. Other states also have high fines. These figures are staggering but while waste represents a compliance issue for all companies, the amount of effort and time spent should be consistent with the degree of risk imposed.  A key issue is that as producer of waste or a consignor of waste from another facility, your company is responsible for ensuring that high-risk waste is properly tracked.  This means you must not allow it to […]

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