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Sustainable procurement

What is Sustainable Procurement?

Procurement that has the most positive environmental, social and economic impacts possible over the entire life cycle – ISO 20400 – Sustainable Procurement Guideline (2017).

Buying sustainably is about understanding that every purchasing decision Western Power makes has an impact no matter how large or small.  We pride ourselves on aligning with four key principles underpinning the development of our Sustainable Procurement Standard:

  1. Avoid unnecessary consumption and manage demand
  2. Minimise environmental impacts over the life of the goods/services
  3. Foster a viable market by supporting socially responsible suppliers that adopt ethical practices and demonstrate innovation
  4. Ensure fair and ethical procurement processes are applied

We work with regulatory influences on sustainability that are nationally recognised. These focus on areas such as:

Aboriginal Procurement

We are committed to working with Aboriginal owned businesses through its support of the Western Australian State Government’s Aboriginal Procurement Policy

This policy sets targets for the number of contracts that we should actively pursue to award to registered Aboriginal businesses each year whilst seeking to develop entrepreneurship and business opportunities for the Aboriginal community.

An Aboriginal business is any organisation or entity that is owned or run by an Aboriginal interest, including not-for profit organisations. An Aboriginal business must be registered through the Aboriginal Business Directory Western Australia or Supply Nation’s Indigenous Business Direct.

Visit Contracting with the Western Australian Government - A Guide for Aboriginal Businesses for further information.

WA Jobs Act & WA Industry Participation Strategy

Western Australian Jobs Act (2017) and the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS) aim to provide local businesses with full, fair and reasonable opportunity to access and win State Government supply contracts.

WAIPS requires Western Power’s prospective suppliers to complete and submit a participation plan as part of their tender bid for contracts above relevant thresholds

Where a participation plan is included in a contract, Western Power suppliers will be required to report on the participation plan achievements to us either annually over the life of the contract or where the contract is 12 months or less at the end of the contract.

Further details about the WAIPS, participation plans and frequently asked questions are available on the IndustryLink website. 

Buy Local

Western Power is operating under the State Government’s WA Buy Local Policy (2020) which encourages State Government agencies to consider local businesses when awarding work, with a particular emphasis on those based in regional locations. The policy has a range of initiatives and price preferences that provide regionally based businesses with an enhanced opportunity when bidding for supply to Western Power. We’re excited to play our part in bringing more work to regional economies and creating jobs for regional Western Australians.

If you want to discuss how Western Power is implementing the WA Buy Local Policy, please contact our Regional Procurement Officer, Michael Vincent.

Modern Slavery Act

The Modern Slavery Act (2018) came into force on 1 January 2019. The Act established national modern slavery reporting that supports the Australian business community to identify and address their modern slavery risks.

Modern slavery describes situations where offenders use coercion, threats or deception to exploit victims and undermine their freedom. Practices that constitute modern slavery can include human trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and the worst forms of child labour. More information can be found through the excellent resources published by Walk Free.

We have been working on a range of activities to improve our assessment of risks and our engagement and collaboration with our suppliers to address where our operations or procurement practices may contribute to, or perpetuate, human rights issues both here in Australia and abroad.

  • In conjunction with the Energy Procurement Supply Association (EPSA), a not-for-profit association made up of energy industry procurement and supply professionals, we published the Respecting Human Rights in our supply chains whitepaper which discusses how we assess modern slavery risks.
  • We have published our Ethical Supply Chains guide that outlines our expectations in operating in an ethical and transparent manner and provides practical advice towards improving the mitigation of modern slavery risks.
  • In line with the Act our first Modern Slavery Statement was published by the Australian Border Force.

We will continue to seek assistance from our suppliers on how human rights can be practically managed within our supply chains. Western Power will from time to time request information from our suppliers on the actions they are taking to address modern slavery risks to maintain responsible and transparent supply chains.

If you’d like to report to us suspected wrongdoing in this area, please contact Western Power through our Contact us page or through our independent and confidential hotline 1300 304 550 (STOPLine).

For more information on these areas and our expectations of our suppliers are outlined in our Supplier Code of Conduct.