The Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS) and Landcom have joined forces in a bid to further drive positive change for sustainability across the property and construction sectors.

Launched in Australia in 2015, the SCSS works to develop the sustainability skills and knowledge of those working in increasingly complex property and construction supply chains and helps organisations address issues such as modern slavery, sustainable procurement and materials innovation.

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 SCSS.

 “When industry-leading organisations with enormous influence over extensive supply chains commit to driving change, others take note,” says Robin Mellon, CEO of the 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.

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,” Mellon says.

Landcom’s senior manager for Sustainability, Lauren Kajewski, says the agency is committed to work with industry to improve supply chain practices.

“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.”

“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,” Kajewski says.