BCA - Indigenous Engagement Survey 2014

Since 2009 the Business Council of Australia has surveyed its member companies on their Indigenous employment, economic, community development and partnership activities.

In gathering both qualitative and quantitative data on BCA member activities, the survey report aims to:

• show impact in key areas
• track change and developments over time
• identify industry or sector trends
• showcase innovation and creative approaches
• highlight common elements of effective approaches

The 2014 survey questionnaire was distributed to 126 companies, with 89 companies completing the survey, representing a 70 per cent response rate.

A key finding was that supplier diversity is fast becoming as significant as employment in terms of its impact on Indigenous economic development

The Business Council of Australia (BCA) Indigenous Engagement Survey 2014 found that:

$1.7 billion was spent with Indigenous enterprises and joint ventures in 2014.

59% of BCA companies define an Indigenous business as one which is certified by Supply Nation.

BCA Members are working with or supporting more than 50 Indigenous partner organisations.

Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) stand out as the main vehicle companies use to drive Indigenous engagement.

Of the 89 BCA Members surveyed:

  • 71% used an Indigenous business in their supply chain in 2014, up from 63% in 2013.

  • 51% are using their purchasing power to encourage businesses in their supply chains to use Indigenous businesses.

  • 50%  with a supplier diversity strategy said they were developing additional ways to measure engagement from the number of direct contracts and amount spent.

  • 50% with a supplier diversity strategy said they were developing additional ways to measure engagement from the number of direct contracts and amount spent.

70% said they worked with more Indigenous businesses in 2014 than in 2013.