Conference Day One - Thursday, 8 September

Registration and welcome coffee

Opening remarks from the Chair

Sharon Morris
General Manager – Australia & New Zealand
CIPS Australia and New Zealand

The future of ESG in Procurement

Understanding the critical drivers needed to incorporate ESG into your organisation's procurement strategy successfully
  • Determining what you want from your ESG initiatives and the road to take you there
  • Best practice strategies for implementing top-down supplier evaluations to identify areas of risks and improvements
  • Using industry data to build upon existing successful ESG practices

Chris Sullivan
Global Chief Supply Officer
Ramsay Health Care

Overhauling existing procurement strategies and frameworks to incorporate ESG into your daily decision making
  • Undertaking a baseline analysis to determine how successful your organisation's existing ESG policies and frameworks are and where your key areas of improvement are located  
  • Identifying and activating the benefits of improved ESG within your organisation  
  • Highlighting how Procurement can support the delivery of an organisations ESG requirements

James Parrott
Procurement Manager
Christchurch International Airport

Third-party ESG assessments: Driving impact at scale while leveraging your limited internal resources
  • Common challenges faced when assessing supply chain sustainability  
  • How third party assessments can alleviate some of the time and resource burden from procurement  
  • Using third party assessments to keep up with evolving due-diligence requirements

Speaker TBC

Morning tea and networking
Human Rights and ethical procurement

Understanding how procurement can reduce the risk of human trafficking along the supply chain
  • Outlining the risk factors faced by Australian organisations when it comes to human exploitation
  • Defining some of the critical step’s procurement can take to address the risks of modern slavery impacting their public image
  • Driving improvements in Australian organisations' compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2018 and highlighting what is being done overseas that we can implement

Alison Rahill
Executive Officer – Anti-Slavery Taskforce
Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network

Combating modern slavery risks in business supply chains
  • What is the Modern Slavery Act and why does Australia have one?
  • Incorporating modern slavery risk mitigation into business and government practice
  • Current reporting trends – Good practice and areas for improvement

Todd Kliendienst
Director, Government and Business Engagement Section, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Branch
Australian Border Force

Lunch and networking
Procurement and the trek to carbon zero

Panel discussion: Building a successful roadmap to achieving net zero carbon emissions
  • How can the procurement and sustainability teams work together to ensure they are in unison with their aims
  • How can procurement better identify problem suppliers and address providers and partners who are not taking reduction seriously
  • How can companies position themselves to mitigate the risk of serious scandals and bad publicity
  • How do Scope 1 and 3 carbon reduction targets impact on the developing of sustainability plans for your organisation


Sharon Morris
General Manager – Australia & New Zealand
CIPS Australia and New Zealand


Parag Shinde
National Manager – ESG – Property
Australian Unity Wealth

Sujata Karandikar
Associate Director - Supplier Diversity and Sustainability
CBRE Asia Pacific

Daniel Rojas Sanchez
Senior Sustainability Consultant
Edge Environment

Measuring and enforcing real carbon reduction targets across your supply chain
  • Avoiding meaningless carbon certifications and schemes; working with up and downstream suppliers to demonstrate meaningful impact on emissions
  • Working with ‘hard to abate’ manufacturers to decarbonise their products and processes
  • Encouraging suppliers to consider carbon sequestration with ‘carbon negative’ raw materials

Mark McKenna
Global Sustainability Client Solutions Director

Discussing emerging procurement risks and opportunities when it comes to supporting sustainable business practices
  • Using your buying power to bring about change and support reduced carbon emissions in your supply chain
  • Looking at strategies you can impose on businesses you don’t control to reduce their carbon emissions
  • Learning how others have worked with their suppliers and wholesalers to reduce their scope 3 emissions

Hudson Worsley

Afternoon Tea and Networking
Using procurement for social good

Highlighting the importance of balancing profit with purpose
  • Futureproofing your organisation's competitive edge using ESG
  • Leveraging the power of procurement to support vulnerable communities and balance both profit and purpose in a way to enhance your social impact
  • Including purpose as a key driver in your future growth strategies

Madeleine Taylor
Head of Strategic Client Management (Procurement)

Panel Discussion: Developing a purpose-led procurement strategy to support local business and the community
  • What does it mean to use a purpose-led procurement strategy
  • How much is the 'driving profit through purpose' mantra becoming a day-to-day focus for decision-makers
  • What are some of the key challenges organisations face when developing a purpose-led procurement strategy
  • How can we build resilient and agile practices that focus on product sourcing, manufacturing, and delivery


Ro Coroneos
Head of Responsible Sourcing


Sarah Collins
Head of Procurement

Glenn Johnston
Director, Procurement & Business Support
Infrastructure NSW

Christel Martin
Director Procurement Excellence
Transport for NSW

Stephanie Hall
Executive Manager Sustainability Group Procurement

Heath Jess
Managing Director
Procurement Co

Closing remarks from the Chair
Networking Drinks
Official Event Dinner - Gavroche
  • Gavroche
  • Location: 2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale, a short 5-7 min walk from the conference venue.
  • Directions: Click here