The Local Buying Program launched in South Australia in 2017 and during the first few years spend was minimal. During FY22 however a significant increase was recorded due to the SCM21 Shutdown. In total for FY22, $23.97M was spent in South Australia through the Program.
Expecting the results to drop in FY23, due to no major shutdowns planned, the Program has done the opposite exceeding the FY23 target after just six months. Approved spend, as of January 2023, with small, local businesses totals AU$16 million. The quality and availability of goods and services from local and Indigenous suppliers showcased during the SCM21 shutdown has led to increased trust in suppliers and the program as a whole.
It is pleasing to see increased spend leading to further investment in the local communities, through job creation and investment in the Local Buying Foundation. There have been 640 Work Instructions created in the first half of the financial year as compared to 367 for the same period last year. This can be attributed to continued relationships with local and Indigenous suppliers as well as new work with BHP Oak Dam.
“It is fantastic to see that through the engagement of BHP employees, the Local Buying Program has reached its targets in sic (6) months” said Sulo Jahanath, Specialist – Community, BHP.