As part of its commitment to Reconciliation, Bunzl Safety has partnered with a majority owned Indigenous workwear and safety company who are committed to sustainability and giving back to local communities.
The agreement between Bunzl Safety and Cole Workwear formalises an existing three-year relationship between the two businesses and will result in broader distribution of the iconic Boomerang™ brand of workwear, footwear and personal protective equipment. The Australian designed Boomerang™ range has been borne out of extensive consultation with hundreds of mining companies and features high quality cuts and designs carrying the distinctive Boomerang™ logo.
As an experienced wholesaler, Cole Workwear are delighted to partner with Bunzl Safety, a national supplier of workplace safety equipment and workwear, as it will ensure supply of Cole’s products to a much wider customer base across several industries within Australia.
Through its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Bunzl Safety raises awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and works to champion diversity and build meaningful supply chain relationships with Indigenous partners.
Bunzl Safety’s Managing Director says, “working with Cole Workwear will not only assist the company to provide jobs for indigenous workers in an under-represented sector, but will aid Cole’s commitment to supporting the local Noongar community through its sport and youth development programs.
Cole Workwear CEO, Gordon Cole said, “we are thrilled to deepen our relationship with Bunzl Safety as our exclusive safety product manufacturer as well as one of our distributors. Following the development of the first ever Indigenous safety range four years ago, we required a highly capable partner with true national reach like Bunzl Safety, to realise this dream. We are excited to pave the way for other Indigenous Australians and the communities we support.”
The partnership will further advance the inclusion of indigenous owned businesses as meaningful participants in Bunzl Safety’s supply chain, and through the Government’s mandatory IPP (Indigenous Procurement Policy) will enable businesses already dealing with Bunzl Safety, to meet IPP targets.
The IPP is a mandatory procurement-connected policy under the legislative instrument of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules and aims to ensure that Government Departments procure at least 3% of their safety equipment spend on indigenous goods and services. “Through strategic partnerships such as this, we can strengthen links with local industry and continue to provide innovative and ethical solutions for our customers,” said Bunzl Safety representative.
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