Mark Lyster

Mark Lyster’s Action Sustainability is hiring. After more than a year since launching in the new and you’d expect tough field of supply chain sustainability, the company is now positioned for growth.

According to Lyster there are now 20 clients on the team’s books, including the NSW government, Transurban, Sustainability Victoria and Laing O’Rourke, with six staff currently on the team, plus the UK connection to call on for international input.

Areas of work include sustainable procurement, sustainable lending and investing and supply chain issues around the new Australian Standard of Sustainable Procurement 20400.

“We advise large super funds and investment managers, integrating ESG [environmental, social and governance] into decision making,” Lyster says.

Yet another area is in human rights and modern slavery, and that’s an area “picking up in a big way because the federal government is going to promulgate an act similar to one in the UK”.

Essentially that means that if a company is larger than $100 million in turnover it needs to report on how it assesses its supply chain for modern slavery and supply chain issues.

The measure is international and set against a benchmark of international standards set by the United Nation’s Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.

Lyster says a Senate inquiry into that issue received 200 submissions.

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