Raising the Bar for Indigenous procurement

13 Aug 2019

Lendlease is joining forces with some of Australia’s biggest companies to commit to spend over $3 billion with Indigenous suppliers over the next 5 years.

Raising the Bar, a joint Business Council of Australia and Supply Nation initiative, aims to increase spending with the Indigenous business sector to improve social and economic outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

Cath Brokenborough, Lendlease’s Executive Lead of Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation, said:

"At Lendlease, our vision for Reconciliation is one where we acknowledge and celebrate the proud heritage of Australia’s First People and promote opportunities for career development, sustainable business growth, and economic participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. 

“As an early member of Supply Nation, we are committed to achieving the targets set out in the Raising the Bar initiative and supporting the growth of the Indigenous business sector." 
Some of our key achievements include:

  • Lendlease has spent more than $100 million in the past two years with registered and certified Indigenous businesses.
  • Gymea, our Indigenous procurement program develops partnerships with Indigenous businesses across a diverse and geographical spread. Many suppliers in this program receive business support to grow and competitively tender on our projects. 
  • We’re engaging with more than 50 registered and certified Indigenous Australian suppliers across our Australian business.
  • We're an early member of Indigenous supplier diversity organisation Supply Nation.
Lendlease actively promotes and supports reconciliation through our Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Read our RAP here.  

Read more about this initiative in The Australian Financial Review