Supply Chain

Over the last 3 years our ever-expanding team has delivered sustainable supply chain services to some of Australia’s leading companies, including Officeworks, Bunnings, Woolworths, Fortescue Metals Group, Goodman Fielder, AGL, Commonwealth Bank, Tenix and Sydney Water. We have also completed projects for Ethical Clothing Australia, the Textile and Fashion Industry Association, City of Wyndham, Monash University, City of Sydney, SA Power Networks, and the Australian Food and Grocery Industry. We are a provider on the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s Sustainable Advantage program for sustainable procurement services. In addition, ECO-Buy supports the sustainable procurement objectives of 70+ local government, state government, and businesses through its membership program. 

Below are examples of some of the work we have done for our clients.

Sustainable supply chain strategy

We work with global ethical data firm SEDEX, as well as participate in the United Nations Global Compact Network, Australia’s Environment and Human Rights Leadership group, where our supply chain expertise contributes to the learning and practices of Australian companies and NGOs.

Examples of our work include:

  • Enhanced governance of human rights in the supply chain for a major Australian mining company, reducing their business risk.

  • Analysed sustainable packaging performance of top suppliers for a major retailer, identifying opportunities to drive change, save money, and reduce environmental impacts.
  • Assessed sustainability performance of a portfolio of local suppliers for a regional local government to inform a capacity building program.
  • Supply chain sustainability risk assessments for local government authority and major energy retailer, allowing for sustained competitive advantage through the mitigation of risks throughout the supply chain.

Sustainable procurement

We work with ActionSustainability, the author of BS:8903, giving our clients access to international best practice advice and experience.

Examples or our work include:

  • Net Balance and ECO-Buy assisted the Australian Department of the Environment, as part of its whole-of-government role in supporting sustainable procurement, to write a sustainable procurement  toolkit for government procurement staff to include sustainability considerations in all stages of the procurement process. The toolkit included guidance on value for money assessment, avoiding greenwash, assessing supplier performance, and specifications for the procurement of services. In addition the project included producing 6 category purchasing guides, including identification and explanation of key sustainability issues for each category, minimum and better practice performance criteria for sustainability considerations in specifications and contract clauses, relevant certifications / ecolabels / standards and how to weight sustainability considerations in the tender evaluation process. 

  • Worked with a major water utility to assess its supply chain environmental and social (including human rights) risks and developed a whole of organisation approach to sustainable procurement, aligned to BS:8903. This work resulted in a new supplier code of conduct and a sustainable procurement strategic framework and action plan.

  • Assessed and developed a sustainable procurement strategic framework aligned to BS:8903, as well as category risk and spend assessment and mapping, for a major Australian infrastructure services company. 

Product Sustainability

Designed management systems to achieve third party certification for sustainable palm oil for a major Australian palm oil user.

Developed a decision tree process for use by buyers of a major retailer to screen out high-sustainability risk projects and guide conversations with suppliers.

Supply Chain Government work

Used a supply chain sustainability risk and impact assessment to inform a review of sustainable procurement and environmental policies for a major local government authority.

Delivered training to procurement staff within the South Australian Department of Treasury and Finance to assist with the implementation of the SA Procurement Board’s sustainable procurement guidelines.