Environmental performance reporting

Sustainability Report 2005-2006

Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 2007

Australian Antarctic Division Environmental Performance

Suppliers

EN33: Environmental performance of suppliers

Goals 2005-06
Performance 2005-06 and trends

The majority of purchasing undertaken by AAD is conducted through four major contractors, each of which has its own internal waste management strategy in place. Contractors are also involved in regular and ongoing contract management meetings at which environmental performances and non-conformances against AAD’s environmental policy are discussed. Staff training in AAD procurement policy requirements, and awareness-raising through briefings with local industry and prospective contractors, was undertaken in 2005-06.

No investigation of options for the capture of supplier environmental performance information within AAD’s business systems took place in 2005-06.

Commentary

AAD procurement policy requires that staff take account of relevant environmental policy, legislation, and targets set by AAD in purchasing activities. AAD has an Environmental Purchasing Guide and is progressively imposing requirements on suppliers to improve environmental performance and assisting contractors to develop their own internal waste management strategies.

With the renewal of strategic contracts, environmental codes of conduct for contractors are being established. AAD is also encouraging companies to improve their own performance by working with their suppliers to incorporate recycled materials in packaging, make other modifications to their products, or to take back packaging after use.

Polystyrene beads and chips are prohibited in Antarctica as the ingestion of polystyrene fragments by seabirds has lead to the death of birds and their chicks. AAD has been working with suppliers to ensure goods are not supplied in polystyrene beads and chips, and packaging is minimised.

Goals 2006-07