Sydney Water helping First Nations Australians win more work

Media release  

13 November 2020  

Sydney Water is proud to join the supplier diversity community through their membership with Supply Nation. 

Supply Nation connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses with opportunities in corporate and government supply chains. The not-for-profit organisation represents over 2,700 First Nations businesses, and estimates that for every dollar of revenue, Certified Supply Nation suppliers create $4.41 of economic and social value.
Sydney Water Managing Director Roch Cheroux said Sydney Water’s membership of Supply Nation provides a unique opportunity to participate in initiatives that promote greater inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the workplace.

“Sydney Water recognises the value of a diverse supply chain in driving innovation and flexibility within our organisation. By ensuring that our procurement decisions include First Nations businesses, we believe we can contribute to greater economic empowerment of First Australians,” Mr Cheroux said.

Supply Nation Chief Executive Officer Ms Laura Berry said, “We are delighted to welcome Sydney Water into the Supply Nation community and look forward to working with them to develop their supplier diversity footprint. The measure of our collective success will be in the value of transactions between Sydney Water and First Nations businesses.”

Sydney Water is committed to helping close the gap for Australia’s First Nations peoples and communities. Our Innovate Level Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2018–2020 focuses on:

  • Working in partnership with First Nations community groups and organisations to build meaningful relationships.
  • Increasing understanding and respect for First Nations culture, history and achievements.
  • Improving employment and training opportunities for First Nations people.
  • Fostering opportunities for First Nations businesses to develop and grow.

Sydney Water will continue to embed and embrace reconciliation with First Nations people with the creation of its next RAP launching early next year.