WSP has signed a strategic relationship agreement with the Indigenous Defence Consortium (IDC) to promote the sustainable inclusion of Australian Indigenous owned businesses in the company’s supplier base.

This strategic relationship aims to increase engagement opportunities in procurement, learning, recruitment and communication, amongst other avenues.


WSP Managing Director, Property, Environment & Resources and Vice President, Development ANZ Andrew Mather said the agreement paves the way for not just first but ‘second tier procurement’ where possible.


‘This means we will also encourage our own suppliers to partner with Indigenous businesses in the course of their service delivery.


As part of our ongoing commitment to reconciliation, we are focused on realising opportunities to increase supplier diversity by working with more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses,’ Mr Mather said.


IDC CEO Adam Goodes explained, ‘IDC represents and supports a wide-ranging group of Australian Indigenous businesses.


We aim to help our clients acquire a diverse supply chain as well as meet business and policy requirements in terms of engagement with the Indigenous business sector.


IDC is excited about partnering with WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff to find long-term opportunities and contracts for Indigenous businesses that will help build sustainable capabilities and showcase the ability of the Indigenous business sector,’ Mr Goodes said.


With this formal agreement in place, the next step is to identify opportunities within the procurement pipeline and to work on achieving mutually beneficial outcomes as soon as possible.