As we commemorate Human Rights Day we remember the price paid for our treasured rights almost 60 years ago when police fired on a peaceful crowd that gathered to protest the Pass laws. This makes me reflect on the power of coming together to effect change for the benefit of many – there is power in collaboration.

I am passionate about collaboration, and as a founding partner of the Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards, which recognise excellence in Supplier Development, I have aimed to make this a platform for partnership and learning in the Supplier Development space.

Too often we hear media, government and working groups portraying business as the baddie, the exploiter of people, the white monopoly capital. As a business owner myself, I find this to be untrue. As business is the only driver of growth in the economy it is also extremely unhelpful to foment such a negative story. I worked with my partners to design something that gave business a chance to tell their good story, by identifying corporates that are going beyond the scorecard and creating amazing growth opportunities for small suppliers.

Big business can drive enormous positive impact through their supply chain initiatives and there is great power in collaboration in this sector – power of collaborating with suppliers to accelerate improvements across the value chain and power in collaboration across organisations within the Supplier Development ecosystem to share lessons, encourage best practice, and to focus on issues that are relevant and import to the collective. This transforms our supply chains and fosters resilience of economy.

One organisation who shares this passion is last year’s overall winner, Massmart, who believe that collaboration can drive the greatest value and impact in industry. Massmart’s Supplier Development programme impressed the judges and proved that they are truly committed to empowerment. Check out this short video clip where Brian Leroni, Group Corporate Affairs Executive at Massmart Holdings speaks about this lever for change!

Don’t miss an opportunity to be part of this amazing process today. You can enter here. Entries close on March 25.


Watch the video here: