Supply Nation Newsletter - Year 6, Quarter 2

Welcome to the latest edition of Supply Nation's quarterly newsletter. We are delighted to report that Supply Nation and our stakeholders are off to a great start for the 2014/15 financial year.

Outlined below, you will find the outstanding results reported by our Members and Certified Suppliers for the first quarter of the new financial year.

One of the big success stories of the previous quarter was the launch and completion of Supply Nation's inaugural social media campaign #SupplierDiversitySeptember. The innovative drive generated interest from around the world and even had multimillion dollar fast food chain McDonalds talking about it in the US. Check out the results below.

Back on Australian shores, the supplier diversity conversation will continue this month, with Supply Nation set to host our annual event, Connect 2014 WA on October 27.Taking place at the Novotel Perth Langleyin WA, the event will focus on the theme of 'Leading the way in the West.' A new addition to this year's line-up is a networking breakfast. We're looking forward to welcoming Members and Certified Suppliers from across the country to the event. To join in the conversation use our social media hashtag #SNconnect

In addition, the Supply Nation team is busy preparing for our forthcoming delegation to the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC) event in Orlando, Florida this November.

The newsletter contains updates about this and other Supply Nation activities including the launch of our2014 Christmas Catalogue'An Executive Conversation,' Supply Nation's involvement with the forthcoming Recognise Gala Fundraising dinner and much more. 

Year 6, Quarter 1 Results:

Supply Nation is delighted to release our results for the first quarter of the sixth year.

Transactions - Year 6, Q1: $19,974m
Transactions - Life to date: $127,558m

Contracts - Year 6, Q1: $8,839m
Contracts - Life to date: $114,058m

Corporate and government Members: 155
Certified Suppliers: 294

#SupplierDiversitySeptember:

Supply Nation's inaugural #SupplierDiversitySeptember campaign took place from September 1 to September 30, helping us to get the supplier diversity conversation started globally.

The innovative online campaign attracted support from numerous corporate and government Members and Certified Suppliers across Australia, as well as several of our international affiliates.

Participants demonstrated their support in a number of ways. This included changing their social media profiles and banners to the nominated template, using a reporting calendar to track their progress and using the hashtag #SupplierDiversitySeptember in all social media correspondence.

The Top 10 successful Members and Certified Suppliers are as follows:

Muru Group - Certified Supplier
Westpac - Member
National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) - Member
SBS - Member
Business Council of Australia - Member
Terri Janke & Company - Certified Supplier
4RFamily Group - Certified Supplier
Brookfield Johnson Controls - Member
Fortescue Metals Group - Member
Allens - Member

'An Executive Conversation' Luncheon - October 7:

Supply Nation, in collaboration with the Business Council of Australia (BCA) and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), hosted a luncheon for executive level guests on Tuesday, October 7.

The inaugural event, titled 'An Executive Conversation' was established with the purpose of highlighting the achievements of Supply Nation and our partners since a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed with each organisation in 2014.

Supply Nation CEO Charles Prouse, Supply Nation Board Chairman Stephen Roberts, American Chamber of Commerce CEO Niels Marquardt and Business Council of Australia CEO Jennifer Westacott each addressed the audience.

Invitees had an opportunity to participate in a Question and Answer session with the panel of speakers, as well as network with fellow guests at the event, which took place at corporate Member Westpac's venue in Sydney.

 Recognise Gala Fundraising Dinner: 

Supply Nation is a proud supporter of the inaugural Recognise Gala Fundraising Dinner, set to take place at Carriageworks, Redfern on Thursday, 11 December 2014.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, will join leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander speakers and performers at the event.

Supply Nation Members and Certified Suppliers are invited to demonstrate their commitment to the cause by becoming a Supply Diversity Partnership Sponsor.

Recognise is supported by 221,500 Australians, many of our nation’s leading businesses and by parties across the Parliament.

To purchase a ticket or to secure a sponsorship opportunity for your organisation contact:www.recognise.org.au/gala-fundraiser

The final First Step Training session of 2014 will take place in Melbourne:

Thank you to the Members and Certified Suppliers who attended The First Step Training in Sydney this week. The training, which took place on Tuesday, October 15th was kindly hosted by corporate Member Westpac.

The final First Step training in 2014 will take place in Melbourne on Tuesday November 11. Learn everything you need to know to build a world-class supplier diversity program within your organisation.

If you would like to utilise your free Membership subscription to attend The First Step please contact Kristal Kinsela at kristal.kinsela@supplynation.org.au

To stay up-to-date with all of our events visit: http://www.supplynation.org.au/events/Upcoming_Events

Christmas Catalogue 2014:

The 2014 Supply Nation Christmas Catalogue features a selection of unique gift ideas, innovative services and novel products from our Certified Suppliers.

A range of industries are featured within the annual Christmas Catalogue. They include businesses promoting skin care products, food creations, Indigenous art, floral arrangements, photography, construction, printing and much more.

Download the Supply Nation Certified Supplier Christmas Catalogue at:http://www.supplynation.org.au/resources/Christmas_Catalogue_2014

Supply Nation's delegation to NMSDC 2014:

This November Supply Nation will host a delegation to the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s (NMSDC) Annual Business Opportunity Fair and Conference in Orlando, Florida USA.

The event, encompassing a two day Conference, Tradeshow and Gala Dinner, will take place from November 2 - 5.

The theme for the event is: Certify, Develop, Connect and Advocate for solid minority firms in the global corporate supply chain – the Blueprint for Success.'

Procurement Initiatives to Support Opportunities for Indigenous Australians:

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) is conducting a performance audit of government agencies and the level of government procurement from Indigenous business.

The objective of the audit is to assess the effectiveness of the administration of procurement initiatives to support opportunities for Indigenous Australians. 

The audit team is interested in receiving contributions from the public that might help inform them about issues relating to the current levels of purchasing by government from Indigenous businesses, including any experiences (positive and/or negative)  that Indigenous businesses/suppliers have had.

To make a contribution follow this link:
AuditofprocurementinitiativesforIndigenousAustralians@anao.gov.au

Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass 2015:

Contributions can be identified or anonymous. Contributors can also attach documents with additional information.

The MURRA Indigenous Business Masterclass is designed specifically for Indigenous entrepreneurs and senior managers who want to take their businesses to the next level. Applications for the 2015 MURRA Indigenous Business Masterclass program at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne are now open. 

Proudly supported by Supply Nation and Indigenous Business Australia, MURRA also provides travel and accommodation scholarships to ensure that successful applicants can attend from anywhere in Australia.

http://www.mbs.edu/facultyresearch/apsilc/Pages/MURRA_Indigenous_Master_Class_Program.aspx

Featured Certified Supplier - It's All Good Property Maintenance:

Established in 2008, It’s All Good Property Maintenance is owned and operated by Markus & Tiarnie Mueller. The Indigenous business was certified by Supply Nation in September 2014. Markus and Tiarnie are both locals of Cairns, Queensland. It’s All Good proudly employs a small team of  gardeners, landscapers and cleaners, all of whom are friendly, dedicated, skilled, experienced and qualified. It’s All Good Property Maintenance offer the following services: Garden Maintenance, Landscaping, High Pressure Cleaning and Cleaning – Residential, Vacate, Office, Public Areas.

Visit their website: http://www.itsallgoodgardens.com.au for more information.