Record $85 million corporate spend with Indigenous-owned businesses




1 February 2024




Hutchies recently participated in Indigenous Business Month – a special time when Indigenous enter-prises across Australia celebrate their accomplishments with partners and allies.

National Indigenous manager, Mark Kucks, said Hutchies had worked with more than 170 Indigenous-owned businesses over the past decade with a total spend of $85 million.

“We are proud of our strong history of supporting Indigenous businesses,” said Mark.

“Supported by our social responsibility team and our offices and yards across the country, we actively invest time to identify where Indigenous-owned and operated businesses fit best within our supply chain,” he said.

“In the 2022-23 financial year, Hutchies achieved its highest level of engagement, allocating more than $20 million to Indigenous enterprises.”

Mark said this included Hutchies’ office wear, hi-vis gear, cleaning products, waste management for its sites, traditional trade packages and supply to projects.

“In the first quarter of 2023-24, we had a $6 million spend with Indigenous businesses, so it looks like we may top our record for the previous financial year,” said Mark.

“The Indigenous business sector is proving that it is capable of working with top tier companies like Hutchies.”

Mark said a special shout out should go to the top performing teams in this regard – Mitch Grimmer at $3.5 million, Townsville at $2.3 million, Cooly at $2.2 million, Keenan Wolski at $1.9 million, and civil team at $1.5 million.

Highlights from Hutchies’ Indigenous program include:

  • $85 million spent with Indigenous-owned businesses
  • Four per cent of Hutchies’ workforce identifies as Indigenous
  • Winner of the 2020 Reconciliation Awards (Business) for Statim Yaga
  • Named Corporate Philanthropist of the Year 2019
  • Almost 200 Indigenous supply partners across Australia
  • More than 750 Indigenous people trained and employed by Statim Yaga program and Hutchies Training

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