Source: Tiger Brands
The annual awards programme recognises companies that are making significant strides in terms of their supplier development initiatives by acknowledging those who go beyond the scorecard, fostering learning, showcasing best practice and encouraging intersectoral collaboration to create scale and impact.
The 2021 awards were presented in partnership with Arena Holdings, Fetola and Cold Press Media, with winners announced at a hybrid event held at The Empire Conference and Events Venue in Johannesburg on Thursday, 18 November 2021.
“At Absa we are particularly pleased that since their launch in 2018, the Supplier Development Awards have grown significantly – in their importance, number of participants and, more importantly, their impact ... It is critical now more than ever for corporates in both the public and private sectors to use their supply chains to help develop and grow small suppliers, who are the real drivers of economic growth and job creation,” says Vusi Fele, chief procurement officer at Absa Group.
And the winners are...
The 2021 results are audited by BDO South Africa, and the winners are as follows: Overall Winner sponsored by Absa:
Tiger BrandsThe Newcomer Award:
Uyandiswa Project Management ServicesInnovation Award:
V&A WaterfrontYouth Focus Award sponsored by Absa:
Anglo American ZimeleWomen Focus Awards sponsored by Cold Press Media:
Empact GroupRural and Township Focus Award:
SparEmerging Technology Award:
Exxaro ResourcesLocalisation Award:
Empact GroupCollaboration Award sponsored by Fetola:
Tiger BrandsCovid-19 Recovery Award (Special 2021 Award):
DistellImpact Award sponsored by Business Day:
Anglo American ZimeleSmall Supplier Award sponsored by IDC:
Stellar Agri nominated by DistellOutstanding Growth in a Small Supplier Award (Special Award):
MB Resources nominated by Exxaro Resources
Sub-Saharan Africa awards
For the first time since inception, the Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards has been extended to include nominations from sub-Saharan Africa, to inspire African companies to join the supplier development ecosystem and participate in the awards in future.Judges African Commendation for Commitment to Economic Empowerment Across the Supply Chain:
Debswana (Botswana)Judges African Commendation for Commitment to Women Inclusion in the Supply Chain:
Safaricom (Kenya)Judges African Commendation for Commitment to Localisation of the Supply Chain:
Tullow Oil (Ghana)Judges African Commendation for Commitment to Pioneering Supplier Development:
Catherine Wijnberg, CEO of Fetola, founding partner and technical lead of the Absa Business Day
Supplier Development Awards, comments, “The increased interest from companies wanting to be part of the learning ecosystem and the high quality of this year’s finalists, indicates that supplier development is becoming recognised as a valuable strategic lever to drive inclusive growth.”