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Completing Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM) Assessment

The way we work with suppliers is through our Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM) process

The SSCM Code of Conduct is implemented through an SSCM Assessment tool

Please refer to the following documents for more information:

Key steps in the SSCM Assessment process are as follows:

Step 1: Scoping Survey

A supplier (or prospective supplier involved in a tender) will be provided with an SSCM Assessment tool. This is a short list of questions that helps Westpac to determine the level of sustainability risk. It also helps to determine the questions we ask of suppliers, if they are assessed as posing a risk.

Step 2: SSCM Assessment

Suppliers that are assessed as carrying some potential risk will be required to complete a more detailed questionnaire. Questions that may be asked cover risk management, environment, carbon, corporate governance and ethics, supply chain, community, accessibility and indigenous inclusion.

Step 3: Action Plan

If there are areas identified for improvement through the SSCM Assessment, an Action Plan is put into place to address issues in order of priority.

Step 4: Continuous Improvement

The Assessment will be valid for 3 years. Over that period, Westpac will work with suppliers to help make improvements based on the findings of the Assessment.

A prospective supplier involved in a tender will be asked to complete an abridged version of the SSCM Assessment.