Jennifer Morris, CEO of Walk Free Foundation, addressed the conference
Jennifer Morris, CEO of Walk Free Foundation, addressed the conference

Highlights from the CIPS Australasia Conference

25 July 2018

This year’s CIPS Australasia Conference and Supply Management Awards kicked off with a focus day on ethical, social and sustainable procurement.

Specialists including Jennifer Morris, CEO of Walk Free Foundation, joined CPOs to debate issues from eradicating modern slavery in the supply chain to implementing a contingent workforce programme.

The following conference day looked at the future of procurement and the changing role of CPOs, among other topics, while the evening awards event concluded with the naming of Winya Indigenous Furniture as the overall winner.

Here are links to some of the conference highlights, and this year’s award winners:

Five ways to engage with Indigenous businesses

“There’s an incredible change in procurement spend, and it shows,” said the head of government membership at Supply Nation during a panel debate on social procurement policies in Australasia.

Corporate social responsibility doesn’t need to cost more

Procurement can drive CSR and innovation at no extra cost, according to the head buyer at Australia Post.

Diversity brings richness of ideas

It is the most precious thing you can have within an organisation, according to the head buyer at building materials firm Holcim.

How to improve your emotional intelligence

It will help with relationships with stakeholders, says Cath Hill, CIPS group director.

Small furniture business wins top award

Winya tops the list of winners at this year’s CIPS Australasia Supply Management Awards. Download the Winners Book.

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