Indigenous & Social Inclusion Forum fosters new opportunities

24 Jan 18

CPB Contractors has hosted the company’s first NSW Indigenous and Social Inclusion Forum in Sydney to create stronger partnerships with local suppliers and subcontractors.

The forum brought together our company’s NSW-based leadership with more than 60 representatives from Aboriginal businesses and social enterprises to better connect project supply chain opportunities with high-quality providers.

There were positive interactions and ‘Q&A’ sessions where suppliers and subcontractors learned more about what pre-qualifications and assessments are required to work with us, and how we can assist them through the process.

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CPB Contractors General Manager, Martin Wood, said: “We currently employ more than 2,300 people in NSW and we’re making strong contributions to the people and communities of this state.

“The NSW Indigenous and Social Inclusion Forum allowed us to connect our supply chain needs with businesses who want to join us in delivering sustainable community and commercial outcomes.”

Indigenous and Social Inclusion Manager, Seraphine Bray, said: “Although we have always endeavoured to provide opportunities and assistance to people who need it – this year, it’s been an exciting step for us to formally bring social inclusion into our company strategy.

“We are committed to providing people experiencing disadvantage with access to employment and training, and the NSW forum was a valuable chance for us to connect and discuss real opportunities.”

NSW Indigenous and Social Inclusion Manager, Maree Ansey, said meaningful partnerships across our supply chain were critical to success.

“We are guided by a simple philosophy; to engage with others in ways that are inclusive, respectful, fair and culturally appropriate, and to strengthen our client relationships and enrich our workforce through these values and behaviours,” she said.

“Our company’s Indigenous and Social Inclusion strategy is being embedded from top to bottom – from our Managing Director, who joined us and spoke at the forum, to pre-contracts and project delivery.

“We see our core commitments as simply ‘the way we operate’ and as competitive points of difference within the work winning arena.”

Maree said since the forum our team has received many notes of thanks and support – with the connections made already leading to new contract and work opportunities.

“While we have achieved much in this space over many years, it’s our opportunity and responsibility to do more, and we’re very excited about the outcomes we can achieve here in NSW, and in all the regions where we operate,” she said.

Key stakeholders at the forum included Supply Nation, Social Traders, the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and NSW Ombudsman’s Office, and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Pictured: Senior leaders from across the company presented at the NSW Indigenous & Social Inclusion Forum, including GM Martin Wood (sixth from right), Indigenous and Social Inclusion Manager Seraphine Bray (third from right) and NSW Indigenous and Social Inclusion Manager Maree Ansey (sixth from left).