Transurban FY18 Sustainability Report

FY18 Sustainability Report Transurban 33

Sustainable procurement

Aiming for supply chain excellence

Our day-to-day operations and major construction projects together require the services of thousands of external suppliers. During FY18, we directly engaged more than 1,700 suppliers across both our Australian and USA operations. We work with suppliers when buying goods and services, and when we’re procuring major, contractor-managed infrastructure development projects. During FY18, our supply-chain spend was more than $1.6 billion and close to 70 per cent of our total annual spend was on capital expenditure (such as major infrastructure projects). Last year, the first International Guidance Standard on Sustainable Procurement (ISO 20400) was published, and during FY18, we began the work of aligning our procurement practices with this new standard. In May 2018, the Australian Government announced its intention to introduce Australia’s first Modern Slavery Act, and we have started working with our suppliers in anticipation of this new Act.

The International Standards Organisation defines sustainable procurement as making purchasing decisions that meet an organisation’s needs for goods and services in a way that benefits not only the organisation but also society as a whole—while minimising any impacts on the environment. Given the significant role suppliers play in our operations, we are taking steps to help our supply chain enhance its sustainability. One example of our approach to achieving excellence in our supply chain is our partnership with Ability Works. This social enterprise employs, trains and supports people with disabilities. Since 2011, Ability Works employees have supported our e-Tag processing and mail-house-sorting operations. In that time, the Ability Works team has processed more than 500,000 e-Tags and sorted more than one million mail articles. Our partnership with Ability Works has created local jobs with real social value.

Material and other relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals for this chapter

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