• Boeing Defence Australia triples indigenous supplier spend in 12 months

    • Memorandum of Understanding with the Indigenous Defence & Infrastructure Consortium (iDiC) boosts partnerships.

    May 29, 2019

    Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) continues to expand its indigenous supply chain partners, seeing a 380% growth in indigenous-owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in just over 12 months.

    The Boeing Company is recognised as a global leader in supplier diversity excellence, spending approximately AU$1 billion annually with minority suppliers.

    BDA Vice President and Managing Director Darren Edwards said the growth was due to a deliberate focus from the company to strengthen indigenous partnerships in line with the signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Indigenous Defence & Infrastructure Consortium (iDiC).

    “Our partnership with iDiC has seen Boeing’s investment in indigenous suppliers more than triple to over $1 million in 2018” said Edwards. “Diversity in our supply chain is an enormous strength of The Boeing Company and is a key driver behind our ability to provide innovative solutions to our customers”

    iDiC, which acts as a single point of contact for over 90 indigenous businesses nationally, has worked hand-in-hand with Boeing since 2017 to strengthen the indigenous supply chain as well as Boeing’s local supplier base. The partnership is a mutually beneficial one.

    “Boeing has worked extremely hard with iDiC in the last two years to create opportunities for Indigenous businesses to infiltrate Boeing supply chain. We worked with Boeing for over 18 months to be awarded the contract for several BDA sites. This is the true nature of our partnership to find solutions that benefit everyone” said Adam Goodes CEO, iDiC.

    Boeing’s commitment to investing in indigenous suppliers continues to grow, with the company’s commercial representation, Boeing Aerostructures Australia in Victoria, recently engaging with iDiC with the view to develop an ongoing partnership.