BUILDING SUSTAINABILTY IN YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN: Avoid Business Risk & Protect your Brand – AM Half Day, JULY 20, 2017

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Avoid Business Risk in your Supply Chain and Protect your Brand


Presented by the

Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)

Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)

  20 July 2017
8.45am for 9.00am to 2.00pm


Organisations must not only take responsibility for their own performance but also the performance of their supply chain.  Avoiding business risk around – ethical supply, human rights, labour conditions, corruption and environmental impact – is at the forefront of some of the challenges that businesses are facing today that relates to their suppliers. 

Businesses must take reasonable steps to ensure their supply chain adopts ethical and acceptable practices to minimise the risk of reputational damage to your organisation; your brand and the brand of your customers.

Organisations must have due diligence procedures in place to ensure ethical practices are employed right through your supply chain.


How we can help you?

The Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN) will bring together the perspectives of legal and leading business experts to take you through how these issues of ethical supply, human rights, labour conditions, corruption and environmental impact should be best managed within your supply chain.  You will hear case studies from FOUR leading brands and businesses on how they have managed and implemented sustainability within their supply chain. 


The seminar will cover:

  • What is supply chain sustainability?
  • A legal perspective – Understanding your supply chain and identifying the risks, including 
    • Recent Parliamentary developments, such as Labour’s proposed Australian Modern Slavery Act; UK legislation…
    • The importation of products that may contain asbestos or other sensitive inputs… – Australian laws (Federal and State) and Australian Standards
    • Human trafficking and slavery in supply chains (overseas and in Australia)
    • Consideration of UN conventions on environment and human rights, e.g. biodiversity, chemicals…
  • How to manage supply chain risk 
  • Getting started with supply chain sustainability
    • Understanding your supply chain and identifying the risks within it –
      • Global factors affecting supply chains?
      • Where do these global factors create risk in your supply chain?
      • What sort of risk do they create?
      • What are the potential responses to these risks?
      • What does a good response look like?
    • Implementing supply chain sustainability into your business practices
    • Developing internal and external audit systems to ensure ongoing compliance
    • Using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Guidelines to communicate your achievements and performance
  • International standards on supply chain management
  • Demonstrating ethical supply chains under the United Nations Global Compact
    • 10 principles around human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption
    • Managing your supply chain risks and demonstrating your commitment to the advancement of corporate sustainability through UN Global Compact
    • Signatories to UN Global Compact in Australia
    • Tools, resources and support for implementing and reporting on your organisation’s progress
  • Communicating your achievements and performance, and reporting approaches
  • Achieving supply chain sustainability
  • Case studies – by FOUR leading brands and companies that have implemented sustainable supply chain management practices.


  • Alison McRae – National Environment Manager, Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)
  • Prof Jennifer Burn – Director of Anti-Slavery Australia, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
  • Steve Tonner – Assoc Direcctor, Advisory, Sustainability Services, KPMG
  • David Griffin – Senior Assoc., Herbert Smith Freehills lawyers
  • including 4 leading businesses to present their case studies.

Networking Opportunities

A comprehensive set of course notes will be provided to all delegates as well as the opportunity to Network with presenters and delegates during AEBN’s Networking refreshment breaks (morning tea).



BUILDING SUSTAINABILTY IN YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN: Avoid Business Risk & Protect your Brand – AM Half Day, JULY 20, 2017
July 20, 2017 8:45 AM
July 20, 2017 2:00 PM
Presented by:
Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)
March 14, 2017
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Lvl 17 Conference Room, 1 William St, MELBOURNE, Australia
$480 early bird to 28 June 2017; $495
Early bird parking surrounds the venue
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Stations: Southern Cross or Flinders St Stations; Tram: Trams run along Flinders Street
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