Building The Business Case For Sustainable Procurement In Australia


Author: Action Sustainability

Climate Change, Modern Slavery, Circular Economy, Reconciliation… Sustainability is a growing area of attention for most Australian organisations.

However, many people still do not clearly understand the business imperative that sits behind integrating sustainability into procurement and supply chain management practices.

After 4 years supporting the development of ISO 20400: 2017 – Sustainable Procurement – Guidance, members of the ISO 20400 Australian Committee have produced Building the Business Case for Sustainable Procurement in Australia – Edition 2019, which you can find on under the Tools and Guides section.

The Business Case Guide is a guidance document that helps sustainable procurement champions create impactful business cases for use within their organisations and amongst their peers. For each of the seven sustainability issues covered in the ISO 20400, the document gives an overview of the current global situation followed by the Australian context. Each issue is accompanied by examples of organisational threats and opportunities, impactful case studies and a list of useful links and resources!

This work is a collaborative effort from members of the ISO 20400 Australian Committee:

  • Gail Broadbent from the Consumer Federation of Australia;
  • Tanya Harris from the Australian Council for International Development;
  • Sarah Collins from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply;
  • Tania Lalor from Local Government Procurement / Sustainable Choice;
  • Mark Daniels from Social Traders;
  • Kate Harris from Good Environmental Choice Australia;
  • Sean Marshall from the Australian Council of Trade Unions;
  • Deepen Somaiya from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia;
  • Craig Furneaux from the Queensland University of Technology;
  • Richard Birdsey from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Sustainability Advantage Programme; and
  • Jean-Louis Haie, Director, Action Sustainability Asia Pacific Pty Ltd

We are confident that this guide will provide you with the foundations to building an effective sustainable procurement business case and help convince your organisation to implement practical and relevant sustainable procurement practices.

For more information about this initiative, please contact NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s Sustainability Advantage Programme: +61 (0)2 9995 5000 or


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Procurement and Supply Australasia (PASA) is the leading provider of information and education to procurement and supply professionals throughout Australia and New Zealand. PASA supports the largest community of engaged procurement stakeholders in the region, through its renowned series of events, publications, awards, plus various community and network building activities. PASA is a trading name of BTTB Marketing, for many years recognised as the leading producer of conferences and events for the procurement profession in Australia and New Zealand. Whether producing under the BTTB, CIPSA Conferences or now PASA brands over the last ten years, our events have consistently led the market in terms of both educational and networking opportunities.

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