BGIS partners with NDS to increase employment for people with disabilities

by Tiffany Paczek
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BGIS, a leading global real estate and facilities management service provider, has signed an agreement with National Disability Services (NDS) to implement NDS’ BuyAbility service across the company’s Australian operations. This partnership is NDS’ first national agreement with a global company.

The BuyAbility service is designed to increase employment opportunities for people with disability through the promotion, connection and management of socially responsible procurement opportunities for Australian Disability Enterprises. Through this new agreement, the BuyAbility service will be implemented across BGIS’s extensive supply chain network.

The primary aim of the partnership is to promote the benefits of employing people with disability within BGIS’s core business areas including real estate management services, facilities management, professional services, project delivery services and workplace solutions.

Jon McCormick, president and managing director APAC at BGIS says, “This is an important partnership for the business and will provide more opportunities for people with disability to be engaged in meaningful employment. The BuyAbility service offers the perfect platform to connect with Disability Enterprises and integrate people with disability into our extensive network within the communities where we operate.

“Promoting inclusion and diversity in the workplace is an integral part of our business and BGIS’s core values. The NDS agreement further supports BGIS’s corporate social responsibilities. This partnership will also deliver significant financial benefits to the Australian economy through disability support pension savings. BGIS employees will also have increased job satisfaction and pride when engaging with people who have disability.”

Since its inception in 2011, over 1500 people with a disability have been engaged through BuyAbility contracts, with over $33 million in Disability Enterprise contracts secured. Disability Enterprises in the BuyAbility network saves the Australian government around $33.3 million per annum and generates a net economic benefit of $743 million per annum. The net return on investment for each dollar of government funding is $2.83.

Dr Ken Baker, chief executive at National Disability Services, says, “BGIS’s endorsement further reflects the importance and value the BuyAbility service offers businesses. As the only social procurement service focused on people with disability, this partnership will significantly raise our brand profile and build BuyAbility’s capabilities. The value-add of working with BuyAbility is multi-layered. We tap into a network of 600 Disability Enterprise outlets across Australia that produce a range of high-quality products and services at competitive prices. The BuyAbility team manages all contract obligations to make the process reliable and seamless for clients.”

The unemployment rate for Australians with disability is twice as high as the average rate. BuyAbility is helping to reverse this alarming statistic.

As of 12 September 2018, Chris Tanti will take over the position of chief executive officer at NDS. Chris is an accomplished CEO with considerable experience in the private and public sectors both nationally and internationally. He will help further drive engagement and the continued success of the BuyAbility service.

Image L-R: Ken Baker, NDS and Jon McCormick, BGIS.

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