Health and safety in the supply chain

The leadership challenge

Leaders of large organisations can have a significant influence on the health and safety performance of their suppliers.

They can ensure suppliers are supported and incentivised to make health and safety a priority, and are involved in creating safe, healthy ways to work.

The importance of businesses working together to manage health and safety in the supply chain is reinforced in the Health and Safety at Work Act, particularly the over-lapping PCBU duties.


Working with PCBUs: Z Energy's innovative approach to understanding supplier relationships, and identifying roles and responsibilities for managing risk in a PCBU environment. Download the full case study PDF.

What good looks like: Research by the Forum uncovered 12 'success factors' that support contractor safety.

Leadership practices: Read our guide - How to lead a step change in contractor H&S.

CEO stories:

  • Tackling pressures that undermine contractor health and safety: Simon Mackenzie, Vector
  • CEO intervention supports contractor health and safety: Mike Bennetts, Z Energy.
  • Collaborating with contractors to lift safety performance: Peter Clark, PF Olsen.
  • Improving contractor safety across an industry – the Canterbury rebuild: Graham Darlow, Fletcher Construction.