CBRE founds Indigenous Centre of Excellence

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The members of CBRE's Indigenous Centre of Excellence

CBRE has announced the founding of the CBRE Indigenous Centre of Excellence, an initiative aiming to increase supply chain diversity and connect Indigenous organisations with business opportunities through the company and its client base.

Nine Indigenous organisations representing excellence and experience in a range of industries have been announced as founding members. The organisations were chosen based on selection criteria including Supply Nation Certified Supplier status and a demonstrated commitment to delivering positive employment and education outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

Members will be provided the opportunity to bid for relevant projects valued up to $50 million annually, either working directly for CBRE or within CBRE’s client base as new contracts become available or existing contracts renewed.

To ensure positive social outcomes for the Indigenous community, CBRE is also launching a social development initiative whereby a percentage of the profits achieved through the Indigenous Centre of Excellence will be reinvested in Indigenous community projects.

“CBRE is committed to building meaningful relationships with each of the CBRE Indigenous Centre of Excellence founding member companies and to creating valuable business opportunities that will benefit the Indigenous community and help our clients diversify their supply chains,” says Emma Forster Mitrovski, CBRE’s senior managing director, global workplace solutions.

Laura Berry, CEO of supplier diversity promotion organisation Supply Nation says, “CBRE has taken a huge leap forward in its support of the Indigenous business community and the groundbreaking social development initiative will deliver a positive social impact in the communities that need it most.”

The nine CBRE Indigenous Centre of Excellence founding member organisations are as follows:

Dice Australia
Established in May 2007, DICE is a proudly 100% Indigenous owned and operated company that has become a leading service provider to the construction industry in Darwin, throughout the Northern Territory and now right across Australia. Originally starting in electrical contracting, DICE now also has a strong focus on smart energy, project management and construction.

First People Recruitment Solutions
As a proudly 100% Indigenous owned and managed recruitment agency, First People Recruitment aims to provide high quality recruitment services to government and corporate clients while assisting clients to reach Indigenous workforce participation targets.

Orana Services
Orana Services provides maintenance and project services to the industrial, commercial & corporate sectors and NSW & Federal Governments. The organization strives to minimise its impact on the environment and the people within it.

ARA Indigenous Services
Founded in 2015, ARA Indigenous Services is a national cleaning and property maintenance company with a performance-driven culture and a social agenda to support, engage and inspire Indigenous Australians. ARA Indigenous Services is part of the ARA Group, one of Australia’s leading facility and infrastructure solutions providers.

Kulbardi is Australia’s largest Indigenous owned and operated office and stationery supplier, with a national footprint including offices and distribution centres in each state and territory. Since the company was established in 2013, Kulbardi channels a percentage of its profits into Indigenous community investment projects through the Bibbulmun Fund, overseen by an Indigenous Advisory Board.

IPS Management Consultants
IPS delivers innovative consulting services that create meaningful pathways for Indigenous communities and businesses. IPS works with leaders, organisations and governments across Australia, providing world class services and capabilities including organisational development and leadership, business capability, policy development, evaluation and Indigenous affairs.

Kennelly Constructions
Established in 2010, Kennelly Constructions is a leading Aboriginal contractor providing a wide range of services in civil, electrical, building and maintenance support across all levels of government and the private sector.

Pacific Services Group Holdings (PSG Holdings)
PSG Holdings delivers commercial construction projects throughout the eastern states of Australia, and cleaning services nationally. Founded in 2011, the company now has one hundred and sixty employees and an annual turnover of approximately $60 million.

Inspire Travel Management
Inspire Travel Management is a full-service majority Indigenous owned company that provides end-to-end travel management solutions delivered by Indigenous and non-Indigenous travel professionals. Inspire Travel’s vision is to inspire and encourage Indigenous Australians into the travel industry by providing career pathways and training.


Image: The members of CBRE’s Indigenous Centre of Excellence, © Michele Mossop.

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