Boeing Defence Australia signs Memorandum of Understanding with Indigenous Defence Consortium
February 5, 2017
Boeing Defence Australia has partnered with Indigenous Defence Consortium (IDC) to further advance the inclusion of Indigenous-owned businesses as meaningful participants in its supply chain. The Boeing Company is recognised as a global leader in supplier diversity excellence, spending approximately $1 billion annually with minority suppliers.
Boeing Defence Australia Vice President and Managing Director Ken Shaw said the partnership was a deliberate effort to broaden Boeing’s Indigenous supply network in Australia.
“Boeing Defence Australia is an important contributor to the growth of Australia’s Indigenous community and business sector. Through strategic partnerships such as this, we can strengthen links with local industry and build capacity through opportunity,” said Shaw.
“We know that diversity in our supply chain opens opportunity for varied perspectives, enabling Boeing Defence Australia to continue to solve complex problems and provide innovative solutions for our customer.”
Adam Goodes, Chief Executive IDC said he was looking forward to supporting Boeing by providing a range of services in their supply chain.
“We are really excited to have signed an agreement to be a key supplier to Boeing Defence Australia. Boeing’s pedigree is second to none when it comes to working with minority groups. What they have achieved in the US is amazing and we are delighted that we will be working with Boeing to create success stories with our Indigenous Consortium partners in Australia,” said Goodes.
“We have already started working with the Boeing Supply Chain team to identify what opportunities are coming up and how we can contribute.
“It is all about identifying long term opportunities and contracts for Indigenous businesses that will help build sustainable capabilities, grow capacity and showcase the ability of the Indigenous Business Sector.”
The partnership forms part of a broader commitment from Boeing Defence Australia to support diversity, working closely with IDC to progress initiatives to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment, retention and procurement opportunities.