Seven Australian construction companies have teamed up to improve the sustainability of the supply chain in the sector.
The companies – DuluxGroup, Downer Tenix, John Holland, Laing O’Rourke, Mirvac, McConnell Dowell and Stockland, along with the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia – united to launch an Australian version of the award-winning UK Supply Chain Sustainability School.
The school offers suppliers online resources, e-learning and online self-assessments to help improve their sustainability.
“As well as addressing some obvious knowledge gaps, the school offers a unique and innovative way for the construction and infrastructure industry to work collaboratively to educate our contractors and suppliers, and to enhance the efficiency of the supply chain,” said Roderick Petre, procurement manager for construction at Mirvac and co-chairman of the school.
Additional funding has been provided by the New South Wales government, Sustainability Victoria and Construction Skills Queensland. Net Balance Foundation will operate the school, with support from EY.
The UK school was established in 2012, and recently expanded to offer support to suppliers to the facilities management, and the infrastructure sectors.