October is Indigenous Business Month, an opportunity to celebrate one of the fastest growing sectors in the Australian economy, delivering more than $1B  in goods and services.
The event is an initiative of the MURRA Indigenous Master Class Program (MURRA) alumni. It aims to promote the variety and depth of Indigenous businesses across Australia – providing an Indigenous business voice to the national conversation.
Events throughout the month will commend all forms of leadership across the country’s diverse Indigenous business sector. In particular, promoting Indigenous entrepreneurs that engage with their communities, demonstrate excellence in their industry, and who are also role models and ambassadors for their communities.
CGU Insurance, part of IAG, is proud to work with Supply Nation, a leading network of Indigenous owned organisations. Since 2009, Supply Nation has been linking the supply chains of corporate Australia with more than 1400 certified Indigenous companies; offering services from security, education and training, to facilities management and business consulting.
“The organisation links procurement managers to Indigenous businesses because supply chain diversity brings social and commercial benefits,” says Supply Nation chair Leah Armstrong.
“We also work to change the perception that Indigenous businesses are just about culture, artefacts and tourism.”
The use of Supply Nation as a procurement network has been actively promoted throughout the organisation to ensure supporting the ambition and entrepreneurialism of Australia’s First People is part of its everyday business operations. And the benefits of the partnerships go both ways. Employees can participate in secondments with Jawun, mentor students through AIME and support the development of interns through Career Trackers - providing valuable opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of the culture and experiences of Australia’s First Peoples.
Our long-term and ongoing relationship with Supply Nation is part of our ambition to support the growth and resilience of Indigenous business owners, corporations and community organisations.
Ongoing support is needed to help build the stream of Indigenous businesses and start-ups, as well as developing and nurturing partnerships with Indigenous communities. And IAG has been committed to cultivating relationships by using Indigenous companies such as Indigearth, Yaru Water and Joseph Mayers Photography.
Today, Indigenous entrepreneurs and business owners are passionate about achieving economic independence, giving back to their communities and celebrating their culture. Indigenous Business Month is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate their ambitions and extend our own business networks to support the growth of Indigenous enterprises.