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Sustainable Procurement

UNSW launched its Sustainable Procurement Vision 2018-2025, aimed at delivering outstanding environmental, social and economic benefits to UNSW students, staff and community through understanding and strengthening UNSW supply chains.  

The Strategic Procurement team is at the forefront of this vision and strives to be leaders of excellence within the higher education sector.  Due to the various terminology challenges across industry, the Strategic Procurement team is adopting ‘Sustainable Procurement’ as the consistent term, to be used to describe all Sub Principles. Sub Principles include: Human Rights, Modern Slavery, Gender equality, Health & Safety, Environmental, Equity, diversity and inclusion and Carbon, Energy, Water, Waste.  

To ensure that sufficient attention and positive impact is made against each of these Sub Principles, Procurement intend to focus on two of these within 2020. It is intended that Procurement will focus their attention on two a year. This allows for sufficient impact, actions and outcomes to be integration into business as usual for the following year.

In 2020, the two key Sub Principles that Procurement intend to focus on are a) Supplier Diversity and b) Modern Slavery.

This will allow for actions to be set for each quarter of the year, accompanied by the appropriate governance and a strong stakeholder group to assist with the execution of actions. 

Besides these two principles having a Focus Plan, the procurement team continue to partner with Estate Management's Sustainability team as well as identify sustainable procurement opportunities each time an activity is sent to suppliers.

Human Rights & Modern Slavery


UNSW is committed to meeting the requirements under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth).  

UNSW is an entity with an annual consolidated revenue of more than $100m. As such there is a requirement to report annually on the risks of modern slavery. 

To report and met the requirements under the Act, a number of key operational areas need to have specific plans and initiatives with risks, mitigation and prevention clearly articulated. There is a bi-monthly working group assigned to deliver outcomes for year one reporting and establish the governance framework for UNSW addressing Modern Slavery. 

We have a new website page that you can visit, to find the latest information on UNSW's response to addressing Modern Slavery risks