Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) and Aboriginal owned business, Print Junction have been recognised for their innovative partnership winning the Supplier to Corporate Partnership of the Year award at Connect 2016 Supplier Diversity Awards in Sydney on 3 May 2016.
Reflecting on the award, Nev Power, Chief Executive Officer, Fortescue, said: “We are tremendously proud of our relationships with highly capable and competent Aboriginal businesses. We place a strong emphasis on creating mutually beneficial partnerships both directly with our Aboriginal businesses, and indirectly through our supply chain partners.”
Community Development Manager, Heath Nelson, who was named the Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year in 2015, said “Our relationship with Print Junction started with a $293 print run four years ago. We’ve come a long way since then and we were very proud to sign a three year contract worth over $1 million last year.”
“It’s about giving a ‘hand up’ instead of a ‘handout’ and to see Aboriginal business owners, like Print Junction, seizing those opportunities, delivering on their commitments, growing their businesses and employing local Aboriginal people demonstrates how the positive outcomes flow right through to the broader community,” Mr Nelson said.
Leon Torzyn, Managing Director of Print Junction, said it was an honour to receive the award.
“Print Junction have grown with this experience and we appreciate the opportunities that Fortescue have provided,” he said.
Fortescue’s Billion Opportunities program has awarded 237 contracts and subcontracts to over 100 Aboriginal businesses, worth $1.8 billion.