INDIGENOUS PEOPLES POLICY 2023
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES POLICY 2023
We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of this land.
We recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ history and cultures are the foundation of Australia’s collective history and culture.
We acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work.
We celebrate that we live in the country with the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.
Lawrence & Hanson supports the Reconciliation movement and recognises the importance of engagement of Australia’s Indigenous people. Our extensive Branch Network, which includes remote and regional areas, provides us with the opportunity to help close the gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians.
To assist with bridging the gap and extend our indigenous supply chain, Lawrence & Hanson have become a Supply Nation member.
Supply Nation is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2009 that connects Indigenous owned businesses with opportunities in corporate and government supply chains.
At Lawrence & Hanson we aim to support and work with our growing Indigenous suppliers and contribute to a more ethical and sustainable supply chain.
Proactive engagement via Supply Nation in our sourcing activities means our expenditure can make a real and positive impact whilst helping to build a strong, successful and sustainable Indigenous business sector and community.
Via some of our suppliers such as Your Safety Factory (YSF). YSF is a certified Supply Nation Company and proudly 100% Indigenous owned. YSF is an approved supplier that we encourage our branches to order Personal Protective Equipment from.
We are committed to working with our employees on:
We have established an Indigenous peoples working group that meets regularly to develop further activities aimed to engage, educate and nurture our culture in Indigenous matters.
Lawrence & Hanson is part of the Sonepar Group which has a number of policies and procedures in place designed to assess and address the topics relevant to this policy.
GLOBAL CODE OF CONDUCT
Our Global Code of Conduct applies to all our employees and staff The Code of Conduct ensures that our staff uphold commitments to acting ethically and with integrity.
GLOBAL SUPPLIER CODE OF CONDUCT
Sonepar expects its business partners to commit to the same high level of ethics. As such, specific standards are set out in a dedicated Supplier Code of Conduct and the Group has deployed procedures and tools to assess the integrity of its business partners.
WHISTLEBLOWER POLICY AND PLATFORM
We have a Whistleblower policy and accompanying platform to uphold our commitment to ethics and legal compliance. The Whistleblower policy is designed to be a safe vehicle to report violations of our Code of Conduct and Supplier Code of Conduct
CONFLICT MINERALS POLICY
Sonepar is deeply committed to responsible sourcing, as an important part of its CSR strategy. We do our best to ensure that our suppliers’ products and components do not contribute to adverse impacts on human rights.
MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
Lawrence & Hanson acknowledges that modern slavery and human trafficking is a global and complex challenge that our parent company Sonepar Group has taken steps to manage for some time.