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Social Traders Awards 2020: Winners

Social Traders Awards 2020: Winners

We congratulate all winners and finalists for the Social Traders 2020 Awards.

This was our biggest awards year yet with over 70 applications received. We celebrated our winners with a digital celebration, using the opportunity to extend a message of thanks and support to our entire social enterprise community and business & government members – for their commitment to social impact this year in the face of challenge and change.

Award videos produced by ST certified Just Gold Digital Agency – the digital partner for the 2020 awards

Social Enterprise of the Year – Large​

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.

Social Enterprise of the Year – Small

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; 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. Fruit2Work are a dedicated social enterprise, providing exceptional products and services while creating meaningful employment opportunities for people in need of a second chance at life.

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. Rebecca is a mover and shaker, paving the way forward for continued growth and innovation in the social enterprise sector.

Social Procurement Business/Government Agency of the Year​

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

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.

Game Changer of the Year

Victorian State Government

Each year, the Victorian Government spends around $32 billion or goods services and construction, making government procurement one of the biggest drivers in the Victorian economy. In September 2018, the government introduced a Social Procurement Framework to leverage these everyday procurement spend, as well as the enormous forward construction pipeline and to deliver social and sustainable outcomes that would benefit the entire Victorian community, the economy and the environment.

Big Spender

John Holland

The big spender is recognition of the Business and Government Member that spent the most with social enterprises in a 12 month period. John Holland became a Social Traders Business Member in 2016 and since then have continually increased their engagement and spend with certified Australian social enterprises. John Holland have also become advocates for social enterprise and social procurement across the broader sector, influencing there partners and even competitors, to join the social procurement movement.

Social Procurement Partnership of the Year

Transurban & Ability Works

In 2019, Ability Works Australia (AWA) and Transurban built on their existing relationship, establishing a Shared Value program to provide employment opportunities for people living with disability. This program now includes RMIT University and Apricot Consulting. 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. The partnership showcases how joining forces with shared values can help amplify social impact.

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