“I’m so proud of this achievement. All the hard work, all the tears, the laughs and experiences - we are so proud of our achievements and the journey so far. I’m so fortunate to have the most amazing business partners and loyal team. Thank you to all our valued clients, strategic partners, and supporters,” Kristal said.
“But most importantly thank you to our husbands, wives, partners, kids and extended families, because without your support we wouldn’t be here.”
Members of the Stolen Generation were recognised ten years later, in 2008, when then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a national apology to the Stolen Generations – an action whose impact is still felt today.
“For me, the apology was a recognition that colonisation had a negative impact on many Indigenous people,” IPS Managing Director Katina Law said.
“The apology allowed Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people to grieve and recognise the trauma that many people still carry. It was the beginning of a healing process that will take many generations.”
Acknowledging and remembering Australia’s hidden history is as vital a part of the healing process as providing practical support for Aboriginal communities and businesses to grow going forward.
Reconciliation Week events will be held all around Australia – go out and get involved!
Indigenous Professional Services (IPS) have been nominated as one of three finalists for Supply Nation’s Certified Supplier of the Year.
Supply Nation, the leading national directory of Indigenous businesses for federal government procurement teams, recognise companies, government agencies and individuals who are helping create a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector through their annual Supplier Diversity Awards.
The Certified Supplier of the Year Award, sponsored by Telstra, recognises a Certified Supplier that has driven significant growth in their business and demonstrated ongoing engagement with Supply Nation and its members.
The award winner is required to have demonstrated significant Supplier Diversity leadership, advocacy and engagements, as well as organisational growth.
“We are excited and honoured to have been nominated as a finalist for this award,” IPS Director Kristal Kinsela said. “Congratulations to our fellow finalists Kennelly Constructions and RBY Workstars. We’re looking forward to attending Connect 2018 and meeting even more of the businesses helping to create such a vibrant Indigenous business sector around Australia.”
The winners will be announced at a gala award dinner in Sydney on May 23.
At the Expo: Katina Law, Damien Chalk, Simone McKeown and Todd Bendall.
Canberra, Mt Ainslie lookout
Supplier Diversity is in the spotlight, thanks to the outcomes of the recent Closing the Gap refresh report, which recommended jurisdiction-specific procurement policies for each state. WA’s IPP policy will come into effect on July 1, where WA government departments will be required to award one per cent of contracts to registered Aboriginal businesses. But what is supplier diversity, and who benefits?
What is Supplier Diversity?
Supplier Diversity in its rawest form is procuring a good or a service from a diverse business: for example, a business which is owned and run by Aboriginal people.
What are the benefits of supplier diversity?
Supply Nation research (The Sleeping Giant, September 18 2015) found that for every dollar of revenue, Indigenous businesses create $4.41 of economic and social value.
This value is found through offering Indigenous people employment, opportunities through training, and creating self-determined individuals and organisations.
Supply Nation’s key findings from a sample of five Indigenous businesses also found that:
Why is it so important to IPS?
IPS is an advocate of supplier diversity. IPS knows firsthand the positive benefits that a focus on supplier diversity, particularly Indigenous procurement, can make for an Indigenous business. IPS has grown its business through the Federal Government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP). IPS also practices what they preach by demonstrating supplier diversity within their own supply chain, by using other Indigenous businesses for booking travel or purchasing stationary to name a few.
“It’s not about paying extra for services,” IPS Director Damien Chalk said. “What you find with most small business is they have a lot of overheads – it’s not the same cost structure as bigger business. It’s about buying a competitive price for an Indigenous business.
“Before the Federal IPP came in there was a $6.5million spend from the Government on Indigenous business. That’s now over a billion dollars.”
However in the corporate world, there is nowhere near this level of take up. IPS’s focus on supplier diversity seeks to lead the way on this.
“The biggest effect we have on communities is jobs,” Damien said.
“For example, if IPS wasn’t in Bunbury, there would be eight full time equivalent jobs not in Bunbury, and it’s similar in other areas. Our model is to set up regionally: in one way it would be more strategic to set up in Perth, but because of our model we have a direct effect on jobs in regional areas instead.”
IPS's focus on creating new opportunities for supplier diversity took a huge step forward with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Nous Group recently – a partnership which will enable governments and organisations to access world class management consulting services, whilst building capacity for Indigenous communities and increasing opportunities for Indigenous people.
The significance and benefits of Supplier Diversity for people, communities and businesses will continue to grow into the future, and to be a major focus for IPS.