Supply chain sustainability

At BlueScope we recognise that to be the best at what we do, we need to rely on strong relationships with our suppliers at a global and local level. Our suppliers are critical partners for our business and we acknowledge that our success is a mutual proposition.

BlueScope treats suppliers as partners, and acknowledges that these partnerships are crucial in managing the social, environmental and ethical risks inherent in our global supply chains. We seek to work with suppliers who share the core values expressed in Our Bond and the behaviours and principles of our Guide to Business Conduct.

Developing supplier partnerships based on strong relationships makes good business sense and enables us to proactively manage the supply of key production inputs, and any issues that arise in our supply chain.

Our commitment

BlueScope is committed to sustainable sourcing practices that create, protect and build long term environmental, social and economic value for all stakeholders involved in bringing our products and services to market. We consider both financial and non-financial elements when considering sourcing decisions, and we will choose products and services that have lower environmental and social impacts over their life cycle compared to competing products and services.

BlueScope aims to conduct procurement and sourcing activities with integrity, in accordance with Our Bond and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. We have a zero tolerance approach to bribery, corruption and illegal practices and encourage reporting of any observed or suspected misconduct. Channels for reporting business conduct issues can be found here.

Responsible sourcing

We seek to partner with supplier businesses large and small who share and commit to work in accordance with our supply chain sustainability values and standards. We communicate and set our expectations with suppliers, and monitor supplier alignment with our Responsible Sourcing Standard and Supplier Code of Conduct.

Our Responsible Sourcing Standard has been designed to ensure we have sustainable sourcing practices. BlueScope’s Statement on Human Rights sets out our human rights commitments to our people and those who work with us.  Importantly we recognise that our partnerships with suppliers are crucial in ensuring the social, environmental and ethical risks inherent in our global supply chains are managed according to the values inherent in Our Bond

Suppliers must support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights and ensure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses. BlueScope has a zero tolerance stance on forced and compulsory labour and child labour. Our standalone Modern Slavery Statement further emphasises our commitment to the highest ethical standards in regards to treatment of people, providing a more complete view of how we are working to strengthen our supply chain performance.

Our Supplier Code of Conduct sets out BlueScope’s minimum standards for suppliers. We expect our suppliers to meet the expectations in this Code themselves and to share these expectations with their own suppliers so that they are communicated through the supply chain.

This Code of Conduct is relevant and applicable for all BlueScope’s suppliers and contractors, including their use of subcontractors. We require our suppliers to monitor their compliance with this Code of Conduct and to communicate to BlueScope any issues or challenges in their operations and supply chain. Suppliers will also be required to comply with BlueScope processes that seek to assess compliance with this Code of Conduct. This includes responding to requests for information and may include site visits, third party assessments and corrective action plans.

More information on BlueScope’s approach to supply chain sustainability can be found in our Sustainability Report.