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Ground-breaking alliance to support the enablement of Australasian Indigenous communities

Ground-breaking alliance to support the enablement of Australasian Indigenous communities
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
  • The alliance strengthens the link between procurement and the public good agenda
  • The agreement addresses the procurement and supply education and professional development needs of Indigenous professionals and communities across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific region
  • TMC and CIPS Australasia have joined forces to drive the integration of supplier diversity value and policies across public and private sectors

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) Australasia and Tagai Management Consultants (TMC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), forming a strategic alliance and a framework for areas of collaboration with the goal to provide education and professional development opportunities for Indigenous people and communities in the Australasia region.

TMC is a dynamic Australian Indigenous procurement and supply company focused on empowering partnerships, innovative solutions and achieving results for our clients in Australia and the Asia/Pacific region. CIPS is the world’s largest organisation dedicated to procurement and supply management and works with all sectors across the globe.

The alliance is closely linked with the Institute’s charter to further develop the professionalisation of procurement and supply management to contribute to the public good, promote and maintain standards of skills, ability and integrity and to include aspects of corporate and social responsibility, and to improve social procurement as it applies to Indigenous people and communities.

Skills development and talent management is one of the key areas for concern for governments and industries in the region, where the right skills and qualifications in the workforce remains a challenge – particularly for Indigenous communities. As such, the partnership’s activities will close the skills gap by providing a range of professional services to improve capabilities in procurement and supply chain management, while being respectful of the cultural diversity of the stakeholders involved.

Mark Lamb, General Manager – Asia Pacific, CIPS, comments: “This partnership represents a valuable opportunity to reach more potential professionals, specifically among disadvantaged communities, so we’re delighted to be working with TMC."

“Our new partners are a great fit considering CIPS strategic goals for the region: encouraging and enabling skills development and training to support business, governments and not-for-profits – in fact any organisation that needs commercial expertise. The region is suffering from a skills shortage in key procurement areas such as negotiation, SRM, contract and risk management, so I’m delighted we can join forces with TMC to help change all of that.”

Murray Saylor, Managing Director, TMC comments: “The strategic alliance with CIPS in Australasia is a great opportunity for TMC to empower Australasian first nation professionals and communities.”

“I developed my vision – empowering Indigenous professionals and communities in the Australasian region through professionalising procurement and supply management in 2008, while working for the multinational company, Rio Tinto. Since then, the road travelled has twisted and turned but the vision never faded away; the alliance with CIPS will now enable TMC to take this vision to the next level.”

The importance of business initiatives that create a lasting positive impact on our society continues to grow. As such, TMC and CIPS believe there is a huge potential for procurement to contribute to the development of diverse communities and is actively encouraging professionals and organisations to be engaged in this space.

The agreement will cover the Australasia region, including Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and the neighbouring islands of the Pacific.


Notes to Editors:

About the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply: 

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is the leading international body representing purchasing and supply management professionals.  It is the worldwide centre of excellence on purchasing and supply management issues.  CIPS has a global community of 115,000 in 150 different countries, including senior business people, high-ranking civil servants and leading academics.  The activities of purchasing and supply chain professionals have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organisation and CIPS offers corporate solutions packages to improve business profitability. In the Australasia region, CIPS has been supporting the profession for over 10 years and lists among its clients several blue-chip organisations including Rio Tinto, Air New Zealand, Spotless, Woolworth and the New Zealand Defence Force.

www.cips.org; @CIPSNews

About Tagai Management Consultants:

Tagai Management Consultants is a dynamic management consultancy team with intimate knowledge of supply chain and procurement processes, Indigenous community development, stakeholder engagement and change management processes to increase revenue growth, operational efficiency, and overall profitability within Australia and the Asia/Pacific.

www.tagaimanagementconsultants.com.au; @tagaimc

Press contacts:

CIPS: Giovanni Ferrante; Marketing Manager – Asia Pacific
M: +61 416 461 983 | E: giovanni.ferrante@cipsa.com.au

TMC: Murray Saylor, Managing Director
M: +61 400 280 856 | E: nfo@tagaimanagementconsultants.com.au