In 2017 Blackwoods accelerated its focus on Indigenous inclusion and increased employment of Indigenous team members by over 285 per cent to 50 people. Blackwoods has reached its Indigenous employment target of three per cent to reflect the make-up of the broader Australian community. Team members have been recruited across the country for a wide range of roles in functions such as customer service, warehouse logistics and communications.
Blackwoods has undertaken a number of activities to share experiences with Indigenous students. Blackwoods commenced a partnership with Career Trackers and brought on three Indigenous interns who underwent a three-month program during the year. One of the interns was offered and accepted a permanent position as a Graduate following successful completion of their internship. Blackwoods has also arranged for Clontarf Foundation Indigenous students to visit Blackwoods distribution centres in Western Australia and Victoria, as well as accommodating school-based trainees from Clontarf in its Western Australia operations.
Blackwoods is a founding member of Supply Nation, an organisation dedicated to supporting Indigenous suppliers. In its goods-not-for-resale, services and contractor procurement Blackwoods engages 24 Indigenous suppliers to provide products and services. Through purchasing products and services from these small to medium Indigenous enterprises Blackwoods is fostering the growth and development of Indigenous businesses, as well as their employees and families. In late 2016, Blackwoods’ collaboration with Indigenous partner Geared Up Culcha secured a $1 million contract to supply apparel to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Community and environmental impact principle: Indigenous Diversity – Create an inclusive work environment by promoting the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as suppliers and employees.