At C-Res, through the Local Buying Program and the Local Buying Foundation, our team recognises and respects the Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander traditional owners of Australia, their continuing culture, and the contribution they make to life in the regions in which we operate.
At C-Res, our approach to engaging and supporting Indigenous peoples echoes that of BHP’s. This is articulated in the BHP Indigenous Peoples Policy Statement, in which a commitment to the (ICMM) Indigenous Peoples and Mining Position Statement is made.
The BHP Indigenous Peoples Strategy also guides implementation of the business’ Policy Statement across BHP.
BHP’s vision is to support the growth of a strong Indigenous business sector across Australia, delivering shared value and sustainable economic outcomes. In August 2019, BHP, along with 16 other large Australian Corporates, committed to the ‘Raising the Bar’ initiative – an initiative led by Supply Nation and the Business Council of Australia to increase opportunities for Indigenous business in the corporate sector, and includes public spend targets.
C-Res is committed to supporting BHP throughout this journey, specifically in BHP’s local regions. We will drive the growth, diversification and sustainability of small, local Traditional Owner and Indigenous Businesses, in BHP host communities, though our:
- simplified engagement processes,
- support from our local businesses development advisors,
- short payment terms and, most importantly,
- increased visible opportunities for local Indigenous Businesses.
Furthermore, C-Res has deliberate processes in place to support this direction, including functionality for Indigenous only request for quotes and clear identification of Indigenous businesses to BHP end users in the supplier directory.
If you are a local Indigenous or Traditional Owner business, please read here to see if you are eligible for the program.