This month marks the start of three new partnerships for Australia’s Supply Chain Sustainability School (the School), indicating the continued interest in broadening the accessibility of sustainability knowledge and competency in our industry as the Australasian Supply Chain Institute, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Better Sydney commit to working with the School.
“The quality and diversity that the Australasian Supply Chain Institute, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Better Sydney bring the Supply Chain Sustainability School’s partnership group exemplifies the trajectory that the School is on at the moment,” says the School’s Chief Executive Officer, Hayley Jarick. “It’s an exciting time to join the cohort of organisations partnering to achieve sustainable development through mass education.”
The Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI), is the only supply chain industry body positioning itself as an accreditation body in Australia to supports its members towards Professional and Practitioner Registration through continued professional development. For ASCI, this partnership with the School will allow them to explore new content to complement their Continuous Professional Development Program, provide members with access to new sustainability learning resources as well become involved with the specific project working groups and committees.
ASCI CEO Ivan Imparato said, “Our purpose at ASCI is to professionalise supply chain management by delivering a framework for industry-wide standards and consistency.
“ASCI is committed to guiding the behaviour of practitioners in supply chain; enhancing the status of the supply chain occupation; and enabling compliance with regulatory or legal requirements. The partnership with the School strengthens our commitment. We’re proud to partner with such a passionate crew of experts.”
Corrs Chambers Westgarth is Australia’s leading independent law firm, providing exceptional legal services on major transactions, projects and significant disputes. Corrs is committed to promoting and respecting human rights, supporting the United Nations Global Compact’s Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Image: (R) Dr Phoebe Wynne-Pope, Head of Business and Human Rights at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
Christine Covington, Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth says that “we are delighted to partner with the Supply Chain Sustainability School, to learn about sustainability issues in the sector and to bring our technical and practical knowledge in property, infrastructure and construction to the discussions on sustainability. Our business and human rights practice is also looking forward to working with the School on broader social issues that impact sustainability reporting.”
Sustainability advisory firm Better Sydney’s Chief Executive Officer, Robin Mellon, is a founding Advisory Board member and the former CEO of the School, and so he is no stranger to the value of sustainability knowledge in supply chains. “Over the past 5 years the role of the supply chain has become more and more relevant to achieving better environmental, economic and social outcomes – from issues such as energy efficiency, across themes like risk and resilience, to topics such as human rights and modern slavery”, says Robin Mellon.
Image: Robin Mellon on the judging panel for the Green Globe Awards
“So, to achieve ‘better’ outcomes and ‘better’ businesses”, he continues, “it’s essential that we focus on ‘better’ supply chains – and that means better supply chain education, better supplier engagement, better sustainable procurement. It’s the perfect fit for Better Sydney to work alongside the School on achieving better outcomes not just for Australia’s property, construction and infrastructure supply chains, but also for the people within them.”
Hayley Jarick says “growing our Partnership group not only means that we are able to add more value to the Australian building and construction supply chain, it also challenges every business in the supply chain to reflect on their environmental, social and economic sustainability leadership and ask why they are not also stepping up to become Partners.”
About Australia’s Supply Chain Sustainability School
The School was established 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
About Australasian Supply Chain Institute
Established in Australia in 1963 as a not for profit organisation, apicsAU, now trading as Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI), is the only supply chain industry body positioning itself as an accreditation body in Australia to supports its members towards Professional and Practitioner Registration through education, training and continued professional development.
ASCI provides formal education programs, site visits, research, industry presentations and peer learning to its members with a range of opportunities to enrich and grow professional supply chain performance and competence. ASCI is a Premier Channel Partner of APICS and offers APICS certification programs in Australia, as well as other international supply chain management certifications provided by the Institute for Supply Management; and Demand Driven Institute. ASCI membership is available to individuals and provides access to educational programs, a network of industry professionals, real-world learning opportunities, resources and social media networks: www.asci.org.au
About Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Corrs Chambers Westgarth is Australia’s leading independent law firm, providing exceptional legal services on major transactions, projects and significant disputes. With more than 175 years of history, Corrs advises on the most significant global matters and connects with the best lawyers internationally to provide clients with the right team for every engagement. www.corrs.com.au
About Better Sydney
Better Sydney provides advice, expertise, skills and consultancy around:
- property, construction and infrastructure
- environmental, economic and social sustainability