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Environmental sustainability and Social Development .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
Environmental sustainability and Social Development
  • Topic: Trade
  • Location: Northern Australia
  • Date of completion: 2012
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  • Keywords: community development, job creation, enterprise development.
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Global Compact

Description/achievement of initiative

As a global supplier of furniture into schools and healthcare, a social conscious has always been a critical part of Sebel's corporate culture. In order to competitively supply its product around.

Implementation methodologies

In order to competitively supply its product around the globe, Sebel has had to engage in developing countries in order to have a low cost supply chain. In doing so, Sebel has chosen to set its own benchmarks for worker safety, work place quality and labour (including child labour) conditions, that has meant that Sebel has probably always paid more than its lowest cost competitor for products. Sebel chooses to do so, to advance the rights and life of the workers who supply it, but we believe that this also results in a better quality product being produced.


Sebel is engaged with the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council and Indigenous owned businesses across Northern Australia in delivering its products and services.

Sebel is also seeking to engage with NGO and Governments in delivering low cost education facilities to developing countries and communities.
Deliverable Date
Indigenous business engagement targets: Our Goal by year end is to engage a minimum of 2 Indigenous owned businesses as supply chain partners in Northern remote Australia 2012
Environmental Sustainability: Sebel is progressing towards ISO 14001 Certification. 2012

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