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2021 Supplier Diversity Awards

Supply Nation’s Supplier Diversity Awards recognise companies, government agencies and individuals who are helping create a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector. All awards are judged by an independent judging panel and audited by an independent audit firm.

There is no doubt that we have been navigating an unprecedented situation this year - and no business, regardless of size or maturity, has been immune from the impact of COVID-19. We are committed to ensuring that we provide a fair playing field across our award process. Therefore, we will not be measuring 2020 growth in spend or number of Indigenous businesses engaged.

If you began or submitted a nomination earlier in the year, please log in to your nomination and answer the new context question around the impact of COVID-19 on your business and resubmit your nomination by 11 December 2020.

Award nominations open Thursday 26 September 2019 a tick
Award nominations close Friday 11 December 2020
Award winners announced Wednesday 26 May 2021

Corporate Member of the Year


Sponsored by: Kulbardi

This award recognises a corporate member that has demonstrated exceptional commitment and leadership and driven significant growth in supplier diversity.

The winner will have:

  • Developed a strong procurement program with Supply Nation Indigenous businesses
  • Demonstrated supplier diversity growth over the 2018-2019 calendar years
  • Demonstrated growth in procurement spend with Supply Nation Indigenous businesses over the 2018-2019 calendar years (will be verified against SpendTracker)
  • Engaged in supplier diversity leadership and advocacy
  • Shown leadership in supplier development and capacity building
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector

Government Member of the Year


Sponsored by: Evolve FM

This award recognises a government member that has demonstrated exceptional commitment, engagement and leadership in supplier diversity and driven significant growth in the Indigenous business sector.

The winner will have:

  • Developed, influenced and/or implemented a policy, project or initiative that has had a demonstrated impact on the sector in 2019 and/or 2020
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector
  • Demonstrated growth in procurement spend (direct or indirect) with Supply Nation Indigenous businesses over the past two years. Federal Government members will be verified against Slice of Pie. Non-Federal Government members will be verified against SpendTracker data.

Certified Supplier of the Year


Sponsored by: Telstra

This award recognises a Certified Supplier that has driven significant growth in their business and has demonstrated ongoing engagement with Supply Nation and / or our members.

This award is open to current Supply Nation Certified Suppliers that are listed on Indigenous Business Direct.

The winner will have:

  • A well articulated and active strategy to sustainably embed their organisation in the supply chains of Supply Nation member organisations and/or Supply Nation Indigenous businesses
  • Demonstrated increased business engagements with Supply Nation members and / or Supply Nation Indigenous businesses
  • Demonstrated activity in building and promoting long term relationships with fellow Supply Nation Indigenous businesses, members and / or advocates of supplier diversity
  • Demonstrated organisational growth e.g. increased revenue / employment
    (note: 2020 calendar year will not be assessed)
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector

Registered Supplier of the Year


Sponsored by: BP

This award recognises a Registered Indigenous Business that has driven significant growth in their business and has demonstrated ongoing engagement with Supply Nation and / or our members.

The winner will have:

  • A well-articulated and active strategy to sustainably embed their organisation in the supply chains of Supply Nation member organisations and / or Supply Nation Indigenous businesses
  • Demonstrated increased business engagements with Supply Nation members and / or Supply Nation Indigenous businesses
  • Demonstrated activity in building and promoting long-term relationships with fellow Supply Nation Indigenous businesses, Supply Nation members and / or advocates of supplier diversity
  • Demonstrated organisational growth e.g. increased revenue / employment
    (note: 2020 calendar year will not be assessed)
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector

Procurement Professional of the Year


Sponsored by: Gulaga Services

This award recognises an individual who works within the procurement department of a Supply Nation member organisation and has driven significant growth in sustainable supplier diversity through their organisation's supply chain.

The winner will have demonstrated success in:

  • Supplier diversity leadership and advocacy within their organisation and the wider sector
  • Demonstrated growth in procurement spend with Supply Nation Indigenous businesses in 2018 and 2019 (will be verified against SpendTracker data)
  • Demonstrated supplier diversity growth over the 2018-2019 calendar years
  • Demonstrated success in implementing sustainable approaches that drive supplier diversity in the organisation’s supply chain
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector

Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year


Sponsored by: Laing O’Rourke

This award recognises an individual from a member organisation or Indigenous business who has driven supplier diversity growth and development within their organisation and / or the Indigenous business sector.

The winner will have:

  • Led their organisation and / or the wider sector as a champion of supplier diversity, working to develop and strengthen networks to support supplier diversity both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated outcomes in supplier diversity over the last two calendar years
  • Influenced, developed and /or implemented procurement guidelines and / or strategies to ensure that supplier diversity programs are sustainably embedded within their own or other organisations
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector

Supplier Diversity Partnership of the Year


Sponsored by: ANZ

This award recognises two organisations (Supply Nation Indigenous businesses and / or members) that have worked in partnership to contribute to the growth of the sector and /or specific Indigenous businesses. Such partnerships can include mentoring, programs, consortia bids, and / or strategic alliances.

The winning partnership will have:

  • Developed a successful venture with demonstrated growth either for the partnership and / or both parties and / or the Indigenous business sector
  • Demonstrated shared goals, risk and vision between the parties
  • Provided an example to others in developing strong partnerships
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector

Indigenous Businesswoman of the Year


Sponsored by: Westpac

This award recognises a female Indigenous business owner who has driven significant and sustainable growth in her business and has demonstrated ongoing engagement with Supply Nation and / or our members and Indigenous businesses.

The winner will:

  • Be an Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander woman
  • Be the owner of a business listed on Indigenous Business Direct that has been in operation for at least three years as at 1 January 2021 (ie from 1 January 2018)
  • Demonstrate business acumen
  • Demonstrate increased business engagements with Supply Nation members and / or Supply Nation Indigenous businesses
  • Demonstrate business growth
  • Demonstrate commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector

Young Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year


Sponsored by: EY

This award recognises a young Indigenous entrepreneur who has successfully brought their business idea to fruition, can demonstrate the potential for significant growth in the years to come and has demonstrated ongoing engagement with Supply Nation and / or our members and Indigenous businesses.

The winner will:

  • Be an Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander person under 35 years old as at 1 December 2020
  • Be an owner and founder / co-founder of a business listed on Indigenous Business Direct that has been in operation for at least one year as at 1 January 2021 (ie from 1 January 2020 or earlier)
  • Demonstrate business acumen
  • Demonstrate business growth
  • Have identified and met a need / gap in the market
  • Demonstrate commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector

Emerging Indigenous Exporter of the Year


Sponsored by: Austrade

This award recognises an Indigenous business that has successfully entered the export market within the last three years; can demonstrate potential for future export growth and that has demonstrated ongoing engagement with Supply Nation and / or our members and Indigenous businesses.

The winner will:·

  • Be a Registered or Certified Supplier listed on Indigenous Business Direct
  • Have demonstrated sustainable export trade
  • Demonstrate business acumen
  • Demonstrate commitment to ongoing international business
  • Demonstrate commitment to building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector

Outstanding Impact Award


Sponsored by: Wesfarmers

This award recognises an organisation or individual that has made an outstanding impact on supplier diversity and / or the growth of the Indigenous business sector. The winner is selected from the finalists of all other award categories.

The achievements and efforts of the winning organisation or individual illustrate the potential to drive growth and achieve a truly prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

The successful nominee will have:

  • Made an outstanding contribution to growing supplier diversity
  • Achieved excellence in one or more of the previous award categories by placing as a finalist
  • Demonstrated a broader impact on the growth of the Indigenous business sector