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Asia Pacific

Our Experience

We are a senior team with international expertise

The founding partners of Action Sustainability Asia Pacific, collectively, have over 100+ years of experience of working at a senior level with some of the leading private sector, government and non-government organisations in Australia, EU, UK, USA, Middle East, Hong Kong and Canada. In the process, the team has acquired unique insights and capabilities for solving complex sustainability and business challenges.  A snapshot of our client work in different industries is outlined below:


Our team has extensive experience of working with asset owners and construction companies. In Australia, team members have worked for:  Transport for NSW, Sydney Metro, ISCA, North West Rapid Transit, Lend Lease, John Holland, CPB, Downer, Sydney Water and others. Assignments include:  the development of sustainability strategies and implementation frameworks; sustainable procurement strategies, policies, procedures and standards; whole of life assessments; and project bidding strategies.

In the UK, Action Sustainability has advised the following companies: Network Rail, United Utilities, Highways England, Anglian Water Services, Arriva, GWR and HS2 Ltd, as well as multiple construction firms working on infrastructure projects which include Carillion and Balfour Beatty. Shaun McCarthy OBE, in his role as Chairman of The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, a statutory assurance body reporting to the Minister of the Olympics and the Mayor of London, is internationally recognised for his contribution to the design and delivery of sustainable infrastructure.


Over the last 10 years, members of our team have been at the forefront of the sustainable finance agenda in Australia, working with some of the largest financial institutions, including banks (CBA, ANZ, Newcastle Permanent), insurance (IAG, Zurich) and investment managers (Colonial First State, Telstra Super, QIC, Maple-Brown Abbott). Specific assignments include:  the development of organisational sustainability strategies; assessment of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in lending and investment portfolios; climate change risk assessments; sustainable procurement policy and procedures; and human rights risk assessments and implementation frameworks.


Members of our team worked with the Australian red meat industry over the last five years to assess and develop an industry-wide sustainability framework. This long-term assignment entailed identifying future industry threats and opportunities, engaging non-government organisations, benchmarking international best practice and developing industry performance metrics and KPIs.


Over the last decade, our team has been supporting major government agencies in delivering value for money through strategic and sustainable procurement. We've been leading the way in the fields of category management, supplier relationship management, early market engagement and innovative sourcing and negotiating strategies.  In Australia the team has worked with NSW Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Health Infrastructure, NSW Department of Finance Services and Innovation, and NSW Fire and Rescue. In the UK, we have worked with national, regional and local government bodies in the UK for the last 10 years and have also advised the Government of Ontario, Canada.

Sustainable Procurement Standards

Action Sustainability were commissioned by BSI as technical authors of the world's first standard for sustainable procurement practice, BS8903:2010 Principles for Procuring Sustainably - Guidance. For the past three years, Jean-Louis Haie and Shaun McCarthy have been leading the Australian and British delegations on the project to develop ISO20400, the first international standard on sustainable procurement, to be published in early 2017.

Supply Chain Sustainability School

Action Sustainability is also the founder of the UK and Australian Supply Chain Sustainability Schools, an innovative, shared value construction sector collaboration to build sustainability knowledge and capabilities of SMEs in the their supply chains. 
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We aim to lead and inspire sustainable supply chain management