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How far have we really come with Indigenous Engagement and Social Procurement?

GJK are committed as a business to participating in real change through our social procurement strategies.

How far have we really come with Indigenous Engagement and Social Procurement?

Hear from 3 Indigenous organisations and where they see the future going for Indigenous community, businesses, employment and corporate education.

Indigenous engagement and social procurement play a significant role in the prosperity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Procuring goods and services from Indigenous suppliers delivers numerous benefits, including the creation of sustainable employment, strengthening Indigenous entrepreneurship, and improving the overall economic and social outcomes for Indigenous communities.

Through the integration of social procurement strategies, Australian businesses can provide greater opportunities for Indigenous suppliers to participate in the economy. Over recent years, the government and private sectors have made significant inroads into driving Indigenous procurement programs – however, there is still a long way to go.

Recently, GJK invited three Indigenous Engagement Specialists to discuss the journey of the Indigenous economy. In this insightful webinar, we hear from Glenn Johnston, Tim Moggridge and Madeline Taylor consider the benefits, challenges and way forward for Australian businesses to work productively with the Indigenous business sector.

This webinar provides beneficial information to inspire procurement and business leaders to examine their supply chain objectives and expand relationships with Indigenous suppliers. The webinar covers the following topics and themes.

Glenn Johnston (Director of Procurement & Business Support for Infrastructure NSW) discusses the background of the Indigenous economy, starting with the creation of Supply Nation in 2009 – a Commonwealth Government initiative to drive Indigenous economic outcomes. He delves into this landmark event which was followed by further Commonwealth, State, and Council policies to increase spending and contracts with Indigenous suppliers.

Glenn takes webinar viewers through subsequent government agency strategies that have helped businesses understand how to engage with Indigenous vendors and how they have improved the capabilities of Indigenous suppliers. He also discusses the way forward for Australian businesses to lead Indigenous engagement through Reconciliation Action Plans, which gives procurement the framework to support Ingenious suppliers.

Tim Moggridge is the co-owner of NPM Indigenous – a majority-owned Indigenous construction and maintenance business that engages the Indigenous community in its projects. As an Indigenous business leader, Tim provides insights into his company’s growth and how imperative business partners are to its success.

Without Supply Nation, targets and the commitment by partners, Tim says that: “we couldn’t exist, nor be as prosperous without that support, which is extremely important to the Indigenous roadmap and supply chain.” Tim’s personal experience from the Indigenous supplier side reveals how critical social procurement practices are for Indigenous businesses and communities.

The last speaker in this webinar is Madeline Taylor – Head of Strategic Client Management in JLL’s Sourcing and Procurement Team. From a large business perspective, Madelaine discusses JLL’s supplier diversity strategy and their mature social procurement framework approach, which delivers an ethical, sustainable and inclusive supply chain.

She also provides a case study about JLL’s Regional and Remote Procurement Strategy and how they engaged with local suppliers to service their remote properties. Her case study provides insights into how a procurement team strategizes, consults with community stakeholders and rolls out a targeted Indigenous procurement strategy.

As a business committed to providing real change through our social procurement strategies, GJK invites you to learn more about this important topic and others in our thought-leadership webinar series.

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