Creating opportunities that could make a wider difference for communities
When many Australians think of Indigenous business, they think tourism, the arts or bush tucker. Perhaps national parks, cultural awareness or mining.
It is unlikely that an ergonomic furniture business springs to mind, or a telecommunications company, stationery supplier or manufacturer of high-visibility clothing. Yet all these and more are registered with Supply Nation – an organization that is busting myths about what Indigenous business looks like.
Since launching as the Australian Indigenous minority supplier office in 2009, the not–for–profit organization has been linking the supply chains of government and corporate Australia with certified Indigenous companies. Certification is defined as 51% or more Indigenous–owned, though Supply Nation also peers in to ensure the key decision–makers are Indigenous too.