Here at Talent Nation we are often provided with exciting opportunities to work alongside some incredible organisations, the missions and values of which truly align with our own. Our commitment to providing sustainable recruitment and executive search services allows us to not only pair talent with impactful roles, but also has our finger on the pulse, constantly connecting with purpose driven organisations emerging from a vast range of industries.
We strongly believe that knowledge is power, and that education is not only key to recognising the core issues prevalent within business practices today, but also in finding sustainable solutions for the future. An initiative which really exemplifies this is the Australian Supply Chain Sustainability School who are working to integrate ethical standards within an already established industry. So who are they?
The Australian Supply Chain Sustainability School, a for-purpose organisation, responds to increasing demands within the construction industry for cleaner, greener operating practices, acknowledging that sustainability presents both a challenge and an opportunity for this sector. The Sustainability School states that their objective is to increase knowledge and competency among the supply chain in the Australian construction and infrastructure fields, with a focus on small to medium enterprises. They aim to aid suppliers in meeting Australia’s construction and infrastructure requirements, supplying the knowledge necessary to implement more cost effective and sustainable practices.
The resources provided by the School are free to all supply chain members. A self-assessment is required upon registration, developing a prioritised 10 point action plan, providing the resources needed to inform and create changes in areas that need the most attention. Areas of interest span main sustainability issues, including materials, carbon, environmental management, waste, water, biodiversity, ethics, community, and procurement. The free resources complement existing standards within the construction industry, rating schemes and frameworks developed by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia, the Green Building Council of Australia and Federal and State Government Departments. Additionally, face to face training and supplier days are an option, providing further support beyond the digital medium.
At Talent Nation we recognise that the pathway to a sustainable future involves the constant reviewing and re-working of industries in order for them to operate at best practice. The School calls for transparency within the supply chain, shedding light on issues such as outsourced low-skilled labour, often utilised at the production stage of global supply chains (Global Slavery Index 2016). Talent Nation aims to not only operate a business, but to have the effects of our work in place long after we’re gone. The engagement of Talent Nation with the School means that we are able to utilise our skill set within the environmental and sustainability sectors to connect exceptional talent with their organisation. The very ethos of Talent Nation is to assist in building strong communities within our area of expertise, the Australian Supply Chain Sustainability School is an endeavour that we are excited and proud to be involved with. Our overall objective has always been to use the power of business to do good, tackling larger societal issues in the process, and achieving this by aligning amazing people with purpose driven roles.