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SOCIAL PROCUREMENT IN ACTION

October 4, 2018

Outlook Environmental, John Holland Group & McConnell Dowell

Outlook is about providing opportunities, direct employment and supports for people with disability. They work with customers to deliver environmental and social outcomes through the diversion of waste. Around half of Outlook Environmental staff have a disability or come from a disadvantaged background and for every 150 tonnes of recyclable materials collected, one job is created at Outlook Environmental.

John Holland Group worked with Outlook on the Mernda rail project which was an 8km construction zone where Outlook recycled upwards of 90% of the waste.

Greg Rafferty – Industry Capability & Inclusion Manager, John Holland “I think the key for a social enterprise is that they need to be commercially competitive – so their quality has to be on par, and their price has to be on par. Outlook Environmental ticked those boxes absolutely.”

People with disability have received fantastic opportunities through contracts like the Mernda Rail Extension Project.

Paul Stevens, Environmental Operations Manager of Outlook says “The more contracts we pick up the more people we employ.” Outlook Environmental now have multiple contracts with another buyer member McConnell Dowell – a relationship that first began at a Social Traders networking event.

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