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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 purchase 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 Western Power’s 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 that focus on sustainability that are nationally recognised.

These focus on areas such as:

  1. Aboriginal Procurement

Western Power is committed to working with Aboriginal owned businesses through its support of the WA Aboriginal Procurement Policy

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

Registered Aboriginal Business

An Aboriginal business is considered to be any organisation or entity that is owned or run by an Aboriginal interest, including not-for profit organisations.

An Aboriginal business must be registered on a suitable directory. The Aboriginal Business Directory Western Australia and Supply Nation’s Indigenous Business Direct to considered to be suitable directories.

Western Power will require confirmation of the registration when onboarding Aboriginal businesses.

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

  1. WA Jobs Act & WA Industry Participation Strategy

The Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS) has been developed to give effect to the objectives within the Western Australian Jobs Act 2017 (WA Jobs Act). The WAIPS aims to provide local businesses with full, fair and reasonable opportunity to access and win State Government supply contracts. In particular, it focuses on small and medium sized enterprises, which make up approximately 97% of businesses in Western Australia.

The 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 (1). 

Where a participation plan is included in a contract, Western Power suppliers will be required to report on the participation plan achievements to Western Power either annually over the life of the contract or where the contract is 12 months or less at the end of the contract(2).

Further details about the WAIPS, participation plans and frequently asked questions are available on the IndustryLink Website(3).

  1. Participation Plans
  2. Reporting for Participation Plans
  3. Suppliers Guide
  1. Modern Slavery Act

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 came into force on 1 January 2019. The Act established a national Modern Slavery Reporting Requirement. The Reporting Requirement 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

Western Power is a member of the Energy Procurement Supply Association (EPSA) a not-for-profit association made up of energy industry procurement and supply professionals.  EPSA members commissioned a  white paper on modern slavery Respecting Human Rights in our Supply Chains which was  developed in conjunction with Action Sustainability Asia Pacific. Western Power encourages its suppliers to use this white paper as a resource to assess their Modern Slavery risks.

Western Power will be seeking assistance from its 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. These actions are consistent with Western Power expectations of our suppliers as outlined in our Supplier Code of Conduct.

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).