This Indigenous Business Procurement Evaluation Checklist is being developed to enable extractive resource companies and their major contractors to assess their commitment to and overall provision for indigenous business procurement within their supply chain. In 2015, AEMEE (Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining, Exploration and Energy) commissioned a supply chain project focused on understanding and improving the capacity of buyer companies to successfully contract with indigenous companies. AEMEE engaged the CSRM to undertake the first stage of works which included a report titled Benchmarking Leading Practice in Aboriginal Business Procurement in the Extractive Resource Sector. This evaluation checklist represents the second stage of the project. While AEMEE’s study focused on the Australian extractive sector and affected Indigenous communities, much of the learning is applicable to other sectors and to the fostering of Indigenous business, more broadly, and not exclusive to the extractive sector. The term Indigenous is used in this framework as a synonym for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The checklist was developed to assist AEMEE in working with industry to improve the engagement of indigenous businesses in the supply chain. The checklist is designed to be useful to large corporations, and well as to emerging or small companies that do not have mature procurement systems and seek to increase Indigenous business participation in their supply chain.
AEMEE. (2018). Indigenous business procurement evaluation checklist. Author.