August 13, 2018
Last updated on August 20, 2018
A business that has repurposed 40,000 tonnes of abandoned corporate IT for third-world communities, and a nursery that employs more than 100 people living with a disability are among a diverse group of award winners at this year’s Social Enterprise Conference and Awards.
More than 200 social enterprises gathered with business and government buyers at the Conference, held in Melbourne on Tuesday, to celebrate a year of significant contributions to social procurement – the practice of buying goods and services from social enterprise and indigenous business.
Themed Bridging the Gap Between Social Enterprise and Buyer Demand, the Conference aims to demonstrate how social procurement –– can drive major social change through job creation.
The Social Enterprise Awards recognise buyers and suppliers for their outstanding contributions to the growth of the social procurement movement – including their work in brokering commercial deals, showing leadership, and driving advocacy and practice improvement.
Across seven categories, from a pool of more than 60 applications, the winners were:
- Social Procurement Leadership Award – Victorian Level Crossing Removal Authority
- Social Procurement in Action Award – John Holland Group
- Creative Partnership Award – Australia Post & Pony Up for Good
- Social Procurement Advocate Award – Laing O’Rourke’s Ms. Donna Reddin
- Social Enterprise Growth Award – STREAT
- Social Enterprise Business Model Innovation Award – Outlook
- Deal of The Year – Yarra View Nursery & John Holland Group
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Social Traders Managing Director David Brookes congratulated the award winners, and the entire industry, for their commitment to advancing social procurement.
“To have such a high level of participation in these awards shows how important they are to our industry, and to momentum building across the broader business and government sectors,” Brookes said.
“Congratulations to all the winners and finalists on their tremendous achievements, and for working to continually raise the bar with respect to what social procurement can achieve.
“At a time when both Federal and State Governments have committed more than $70 billion to infrastructure development the opportunity for social enterprises to win work has never been better.
“It’s important for us to recognise the work that has been done in driving social change – we need buyers to continue to commit and to set an example for their competitors, but we also want Australian social enterprise to grow, connect and learn from each other.
“That way, we create a combined pool of suppliers who can service the needs of a broad range of buyers. Ultimately, that increases the chances of social change for many more Australians.”
Brookes also acknowledged the major sponsors of the Conference – including the Victorian Government, Australia Post, Laing O’Rourke, Coleman Rail and John Holland – whose support he said is vital to the running of such industry events that contribute to in raising awareness of social procurement.
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