Nicole Thompson

Head of Sustainable & Ethical Procurement

At Edge, I draw on my experience in the development and implementation of sustainability strategy at both the organisational and community level. I work across sustainable procurement with a focus on modern slavery, sustainability strategy and policy, sustainable events, climate resilience and environmental management systems.

My favourite projects are those working with diverse teams from all disciplines, fostering collaboration to create tailored solutions with social or environmental impact.

The HammondCare Sustainability Strategy was informed by a materiality assessment, organisational Life Cycle Assessment, peer and competitor analysis, facility benchmark assessment and staff engagement workshops. The Strategy included six focus areas, targets and an action plan designed to set HammondCare on a pathway to achieve the targets. I’ve also enjoyed developing sustainability strategies for Local Government Super, Northern Land Council and the City of Canada Bay.

I lead modern slavery projects for organisations required to report under the recent Modern Slavery Act 2018. This includes development of the questionnaire for the Property Council of Australia’s supplier platform, modern slavery risk assessment of supply chains, organisational gap analysis and action planning and education & engagement sessions. I’ve worked with clients including Stylecraft, Built, Dexus, Interactive, Vicinity, University of Melbourne, Brookfield, Stockland and Mirvac.

Sustainable procurement offers great opportunity to have an impact on an organisations environmental and social impact. I have undertaken assessments of organisation’s procurement process against ISO20400 Sustainable Procurement Guidelines including Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Vicinity Property, Public Transport Victoria and Interactive Telecommunications. The end product provides a guide as to what the organisation can improve to better align to ISO20400, often coinciding with initiatives that can help to mitigate modern slavery.

I worked with the Major Events and Festivals team at the City of Sydney and performed an assessment of their events management process for Sydney New Year’s Eve against ISO20212 Sustainable Event Management System. An action plan was developed to help guide the team on how to improve event sustainability and reduce environmental impact along with comprehensive Sustainable Event Guidelines to support implementation.

I completed a Bachelor of Environmental Management and Science at the University of Western Sydney in 2007 and recently completed my Masters in Sustainability at the University of Sydney in June 2017.

I work in sustainability because it gives me the opportunity to improve and positively impact the environment and people who live in it. My appreciation, understanding and value of the natural environment was inevitable growing up in rural Western Sydney, surrounded by bushland and taking endless family camping trips around Australia.

In my spare time you can find me enjoying the outdoors, motorcycling, camping, hiking or in the ocean diving or trying to surf. Indoor activities will generally always involve music either at a gig, out dancing or at home with the record player.

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