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Social Traders Awards 2020: Finalists

We’ve received around 70 strong applications from ST certified social enterprises, business and government members. The quality of the applications has given our juding panel a real challenge to pick the finalists.

We congratulate the following finalists for 2020. We invite our community of ST certified social enterprises, business and government members to cast their vote. The award winners will be decided based on a combination of public and judges voting.

How do I vote?

  1. You receive one vote per category.
  2. Once selected, votes cannot be changed.
  3. Please submit a vote for all 6 categories.

Voting is open now and closes on Monday August 24 at 5pm.

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Awards for ST Certified Social Enterprises

Social Enterprise of the Year – Large Enterprise​ (more than 20 employees)

Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative

Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative (NCEC) led the way forward for social procurement in Australia through a small parks maintenance contract with Brisbane City Council in 2002. This led to a multi-million dollar city wide project, involving a number of other social enterprises. NCEC have since grown their contract base to include all levels of state government, gaining their first corporate contract in 2019 with Mirvac.

Latrobe Valley Enterprises

Latrobe Valley Enterprises (LVE) are responsive to social procurement opportunities, when the Major Roads Project was announced, seeing no other SEs in the traffic signs space they acted quickly to gain approval from their broad to invest $1M in new equipment for Signmaking. In turn, they won a 5 year contract with a tier 1 company, creating employment for an additional 24 employees with disabilities.

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre - Cleaning

In early 2019, with the support of Social Traders the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) enhanced its social procurement strategy to secure a number of significant new customers and contracts. The strategy included targeting government departments and contractors who are required to implement the Victorian Governments Social Procurement Framework – resulting in a 32% increase in income and 40% increase in beneficiary staff in 2019/2020.

Social Enterprise of the Year – Small Enterprise​ (less than 20 employees)

Fruit2Work

Fruit2Work have actively responded to social procurement opportunities, which made up 40% of their revenue in 2019. Innovating with changes in demand, when COVID hit, Fruit2Work joined ‘Moving Feast; packing 1500 of fruit and veg in 48 hours and earning them a reputation of being an agile and responsive logistics and distribution force. This kept their employees engaged and maintained their record of zero recidivism.

Kua

Kua provide world-positive coffee workplaces, taking clients on a journey from crop, to cup, to community garden. Strong messaging on impact and a clear product offering saw them bring on 30 corporate clients in their first 12 months. When COVID hit, they used their downtime to digitise the business; finance, logistics & impact, giving them the capacity to bring on 100 additional clients.

WV Technologies

WV Technologies know that modern procurement objectives need to meet quality standards, value for money and social responsibility. They deliver this to their clients through military grade data security, IT asset disposals and eWaste recycling, while achieving strong employment and environmental outcomes. They pivoted during the pandemic to source PPE supplies, generating $400K in sales from corporate clients.

Social Enterprise Champion of the Year

Rebecca Scott, CEO STREAT and Coordinator Moving Feast

CEO of STREAT and founding member of SENVIC, Rebecca Scott is an innovative thinker who has spent the last 11 years advocating that social enterprise is the way forward. During COVID Rebecca assembled a collective of >20 social enterprises under ‘Moving Feast’. Together they produced and delivered 100,000+ meals in 15 weeks and planted 760,000 edible plants to reshape our food system.

Cinnamon Evans / CERES Inc

Founding member and current Chair of SENVIC, Chair of ‘Moving Feast’ and CEO of CERES, which is home to 18 social enterprises, Cinnamon Evans, is a true leader in the SE sector and an advocate for the collective power of social enterprise. The innovation Cinnamon brings lies in her ability to facilitate difficult discussions, understand and communicate complexity, and advocate for a better economic system.

Anna Robson, Refugee Talent

Anna Robson actively advocates for the SE sector, serving as a champion for marginalised communities including refugees and migrants, people living with disability and Indigenous and unemployed young people. A keen collaborator, Anna has led an innovative initiative with the Dep of Home Affairs, Refugee Ministerial Advisory Council and settlement agencies to place suitable refugee healthcare professionals into employment in Australia’s healthcare sector.

Tom Allen, Impact Boom

Tom Allen successfully led the Australian bid for a future global forum (still under wraps!), bringing together key national stakeholders and using it as a catalyst to help form State-based networks and accelerate work towards a national strategy. Through Impact Boom, Tom has supported >75 SEs to grow their capability and featured over 300 leaders from the sector in content presented to a global audience, putting a spotlight on the social procurement movement.

Awards for Business & Government Members

Social Procurement Business/Government Agency of the Year​

West Gate Tunnel Project

The West Gate Tunnel Project Joint Venture is committed to social procurement in the project and supply chan. Initiatives supporting social procurement include urgent payment processes to social enterprises facing challenges resulting from COVID-19. The WGTP has embedded social procurement targets in contracts with subcontractors, negotiating outcomes as part of the awards process, and champions social procurement, sharing experiences and successes with the infrastructure sector.

Level Crossings Removal Authority

The Level Crossings Removal Program (LXRP) were one the first government projects to embed social procurement targets and initiatives into contractual agreements. Since then, the program has focused on building capability and inclusion for marginalised communities through procurement. Social procurement is occurring across all aspects of the project from advertising, construction, equipment and labour hire to IT/ corporate services – to name a few.

CPB Contractors

CPB Contractors have social procurement targets and an early payment program embedded in the Indigenous and Social Inclusion Strategy. This is driving social procurement success across the business, including corporate services, business units, and, projects and subcontractors. Social procurement spend includes catering, recruitment, stationery and printing supplies through to office labour, communications, first aid training, cleaning, waste management, venue hire, COVID-19 PPE and construction labour.

Social Procurement Champion of the Year

Kim Host, Mirvac Group

Mirvac has a commitment to a social procurement spend of $100 million by 2030. Kim Host has been a champion of this commitment, developing key relationships with social enterprises. Kim’s success is her ability to find solutions for business needs that deliver community and environmental outcomes. A passionate advocate for social procurement, Kim regularly shares her and Mirvac’s experience and learnings through property industry networks.

Joanne Kennett, Westpac

Joanne – a procurement professional – now works as a social procurement advocate in Westpac and publicly. “Where opportunities do not exist within Westpac, I introduce social enterprises to other companies, many introductions have led to social procurement outcomes.’’ Creating sustainable relationships between suppliers and Westpac, Joanne works to drive systemic change rather than one-off feel-good opportunities, embedding social procurement into category strategies with a 3-5-year horizon.

Rob Green, Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd

In the 6 years Rob has worked at Holcim he has shown a commitment to incorporating social and sustainable procurement into ‘business as usual’ activity. He has executed several key contracts with a range of diverse social enterprise suppliers. Rob believes he is part of a generation who can positively impact the entire supply chain – viewing organisations who value social procurement as industry leaders.

Martin Kinski, DM Roads

Martin Kinski is changing the way DM Roads thinks about social enterprise and social procurement. Commencing our MRAMS Contract, we had zero initiatives to utilise social enterprises and meet contractual requirements. Marty changed this very quickly, actively chasing opportunities, driving initiatives in his own contracts resulting in $180,000 per year, and driving training and advocacy, inspiring individuals and shifting systems in DM Roads.

Joint Award

Social Procurement Partnership of the Year

Social Foundry and Western Program Alliance

Together with Victoria University, the Western Program Alliance (WPA) and Social Foundry (SF) have worked in partnership to deliver a construction program that has provided mentoring, training and experience to young people with limited job opportunities. The program engaged young people to repurpose shipping containers into site sheds, in turn providing them with experience across multiple trades and positively impacting regional Victoria youth unemployment.

DM Roads & LaTrobe Valley Enterprises

Meeting in 2019, DM Roads & LaTrobe Valley Enterprises (LVE) recognised the potential for a great social procurement relationship if LVE could grow to meet demand. LVE demonstrated their ability to grow and produce high volumes of road signs, leading to a 5-year roads maintenance program contract, supporting a $1m new equipment investment, and the employment of 24 additional employees, people living with a disability.

Transurban & Ability Works

In 2019, Ability Works Australia (AWA) and Transurban built on their existing relationship, establishing a Shared Value program to increase employment for people living with disability. This program now includes RMIT University and other corporations. Clear KPIs and governance (including executive attendance), delivers in-kind training and consulting to AWA in research, strategy and communications/ government relations, resulting in AWA delivering a new accessibility consulting service.

Lendlease & Spring Services Group

Spring Services Group (SSG) is a COVID-19 pivot by Hotel Housekeeping (HH), made possible through collaboration with LendLease. In March, Lendlease Retirement Living increased cleaning regimes in all Queensland villages due to COVID-19, and offered HH the opportunity to provide the services. This collaboration and pivot to SSG supported 16 local and disadvantaged people into work, while creating safe living spaces for village residents.