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MEDIA RELEASE: A new focus on accountability and collaboration for NSW supply chains

MEDIA RELEASE

A new focus on accountability and collaboration for NSW supply chains, as Landcom partners with Australia’s Supply Chain Sustainability School

28 May 2018 – The Supply Chain Sustainability School is delighted to announce that Landcom has joined as a Partner Organisation, in a collaboration that will help drive positive change for sustainability across the property and construction industry. 

Landcom, the NSW Government’s land and property development agency, is the first NSW State-Owned Corporation and government land organisation nationally to partner with the School.

Landcom’s new ‘Sustainable Places Strategy’ includes Accountability and Collaboration as one of its four pillars.  In partnership with the School, Landcom will work with its staff, suppliers and communities to achieve real change through better supply chains.

“When industry-leading organisations with enormous influence over extensive supply chains commit to driving change, others take note,” says Robin Mellon, Chief Executive Officer of the Supply Chain Sustainability School.  “Whether we are looking at metrics, materials or modern slavery, a large organisation has the potential to transform an entire supply chain for the better, which is why the School is so pleased to be working with Landcom on providing the necessary learning resources and training to help make that a reality,” he adds.

Launched in Australia in 2015, the School works to develop the sustainability skills and knowledge of those working in increasingly complex property and construction supply chains. With self-assessment tools and hundreds of free resources available, it helps organisations of all sizes address issues such as modern slavery, sustainable procurement and materials innovation.

Research from the School’s 2017 Member Survey showed that greater sustainability knowledge in construction and infrastructure supply chains is helping to minimise risk and improve how business is done, leading to higher quality outcomes with no additional cost. The impact of this is significant across projects, organisations and communities.

This partnership offers the School a new opportunity to extend its reach to Landcom’s extensive network of suppliers, directly supporting its pledge to create sustainable places for future generations,” Mr Mellon states.

Landcom’s Senior Manager for Sustainability, Lauren Kajewski, said the organisation was proud to become a partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, which fulfilled a commitment to work with industry to improve supply chain practices and educate staff on its importance.

“All new major works contracts will require our contractors to be members of the School, and there will be an expectation they will undertake e-learning modules to advance knowledge and skills in environmental, social and economic sustainability issues that are important Landcom values,” Ms Kajewski says.

“Landcom pays an annual membership fee to be a Partner, eliminating cost to our supply chain providers who can join the school and access the abundance of resources for free.  We hope by showing leadership in this area, other organisations will recognise the importance of examining their supply chains to ensure they are equitable, sustainable and responsible.  Over time, this will benefit not just us, but the whole development industry,” Ms Kajewski adds.

“We look forward to embarking on this exciting journey with Landcom,” adds Robin Mellon. “By working in partnership, we can to deepen the knowledge, engagement and skills of Landcom’s workforce, extensive supplier base, and the supply chains of projects across Australia to become more sustainable”, Mr Mellon concludes.

-ENDS-

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About Landcom

Landcom is the NSW Government’s land and property development organisation, and a state-owned corporation working in conjunction with the private sector to produce quality housing and communities that delivers social and economic benefits to the people of New South Wales: www.landcom.com.au

About the Supply Chain Sustainability School

The Supply Chain Sustainability School was launched in 2015 to increase sustainability knowledge and competency along the construction and infrastructure supply chains. With an emphasis on supporting small-to-medium enterprises, the School provides free e-learning, information and face-to-face training for construction and infrastructure suppliers, contractors and service providers. Companies signing up can access a wealth of free resources and tools to meet increasing sustainability demands and performance benchmarks, and to help build clever, collaborative and competitive construction and infrastructure sectors: www.supplychainschool.org.au

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