Winners in Good Supply

Winners in Good Supply

Winners in Good Supply

Koori Mail:
Kirsti Parker

The event was a gala dinner at Sydney Town Hall to close the AIMSC Connect 2012 conference, business opportunity fair and trade show held on 2-3 April.

As international banking firm Citigroup’s top executive in Australia, Stephen Roberts is used to talking a big game. But speaking at an event held in Sydney early this month to celebrate the growing collaboration between corporates, government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, the banker and AIMSCchairman declared himself ‘overwhelmed’.

The event was a gala dinner at Sydney Town Hall to close the AIMSC Connect 2012 conference, business opportunity fair and trade show held on 2-3 April.Thanking Elder Charles Madden for his welcome to Gadigal country and acknowledging Aboriginal ancestors from the area, Mr Roberts ventured...



"If I can be so bold as to suggest... if those ancestors knew the reasons for which we celebrate tonight, they would have loved to join us."  
And he was right.

The main ‘business’ of the night was to bestow the nation’s highest honours for achievement and leadership in the field of ‘supplier diversity’, the 2012 AIMSC Supplier Diversity Awards. But it was also about celebrating AIMSC’s success since it was established in September 2009 to help Indigenous-owned businesses integrate into the supply chain of private sector corporations – ‘the big end of town’ – and government agencies.

As of 31 December 2011, AIMSC had generated $22.9 million in contracts and more than $13 million in transactions between its 130-plus corporate and government members, including 12 Australian Government departments, and 124 Indigenous suppliers.

Thanks to Indigenous Employment and Economic Participation Minister Julie Collins’ announcement earlier in the day of up to $7.5 million for AIMSC’s activities over the next three years, the council’s future looks at least as bright.

The AIMSC Supplier Diversity Awards reward accomplishments by AIMSC’s Indigenous certified suppliers as well as recognise AIMSC members who have shown outstanding leadership in supporting the Indigenous contribution to the Australian economy.

Selected by a panel of experts, the winners of this year's awards are: 

Corporate Member of the Year: Qantas Airways
Government Member of the Year: Department of Educations, Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
AIMSC Certified Indigenous Supplier of the Year: Print Junction
Up and Coming Member: National Rugby League (NRL)
Up and Coming Certified Indigenous Supplier: Northern Haulage and Diesel Services
AIMSC Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year: Shaun Hodgins, Compass Group Australia
Supplier Diversity Partnership of the Year: Corporate Culcha and Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)
Special Recognition: KPMG

Photography: © Wayne Quilliam