Incorporating Indigenous-owned businesses in the supply chain complements the firm's reconciliation action plan
Hall & Wilcox has joined Supply Nation as part of its efforts to bolster supplier diversity.
Supply Nation is a non-profit organisation that aims to help Indigenous entrepreneurs thrive in the business sector through the promotion of supplier diversity across Australia. It connects its membership to Indigenous suppliers by incorporating Indigenous-owned businesses into the supply chain of Australian companies and government agencies.
As a new member, Hall & Wilcox will have direct access to Supply Nation’s national database to identify and engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suppliers in procurement opportunities.
Partner Nathan Kennedy said that joining Supply Nation is part of the firm’s commitment to reconciliation.
“Including First Nations-owned businesses in our supply chain complements the focus in our reconciliation action plan to be the preferred legal adviser for First Nations-owned small businesses,” he explained.
Supply Nation CEO Laura Berry said that it was looking forward to working with Hall & Wilcox to develop the firm’s supplier diversity footprint.
In addition to partnering with Supply Nation, Hall & Wilcox has implemented various programs to help close the gap for Australia’s Indigenous peoples and communities, such as:
- adopting a reconciliation action plan that serves as the firm’s framework to implement practical actions in contributing to reconciliation goals
- supporting Uluru Statement from the Heart, which calls for the establishment of a “First Nations Voice” in the Australian Constitution
- launching the First Nations Pathway Program, a paid program that provides Australian First Nations university law students with a realistic insight into life at Hall & Wilcox
- providing pro bono assistance to First Nations regional communities, individuals and local Aboriginal land councils.