After 4 years supporting the development of ISO 20400: 2017 – Sustainable Procurement – Guidance, members of the ISO 20400 Australian Committee have produced Building the Business Case for Sustainable Procurement in Australia – Edition 2019, which you can find on www.iso20400.org under the Tools and Guides section.
RSEA Safety Australia is proud to announce a new partnership with Indigenous consultancy firm, Tagai Management Consultants (TMC). The national partnership is a key pillar in our renewed commitment to improved social responsibility, with today marking a positive step forward in empowering relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ and communities.
RSEA and TMC will work in collaboration on several new sustainable initiatives to help generate opportunities for Indigenous employment, education, training, procurement and community engagement.
The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Fisheries team engaged Tagai Management Consultants (TMC) to work together to develop and facilitate the 2018 TSRA Fisheries Summit (Summit). TMC worked closely with the TSRA Fisheries team for just over a month prior to the event to refine and formalise the Summit.
Tagai Management Consultants (TMC) founder and Managing Director, Murray Saylor welcomed an opportunity to spend time with family and reconnect with culture during the Christmas holiday period in order to culturally re-energise and revisit our Company business strategy.
Firstly, taking time out to revisit the roots of why I established TMC was timely considering the next business phase I am taking TMC into within Australia and in the global village. TMC was created based on experience, vision, Western education and my Torres Strait Islander cultural roots, and value systems. As a young business which has been operating for just under four years it was time to revisit from a cultural perspective TMC's business strategy and value systems, a cultural strategic planning process you may say.
I used two significant family events to conduct my personal revitalization and the business review process - Sailor/Sela/Saylor family reunion, Cairns, and 60th birthday celebration for my au bala (big brother) Jackson Sailor that was held in Bamaga.
Before I continue I would like to pay respects to my ancestors, elders, friends and families who inspire my entrepreneurial spirit to "maximise opportunities to make a difference."
2017 Sailor/Sela/Saylor Family Reunion
I will not go into detail about the intricacies of the whole celebration but I will share a little about the significance and my key takeaways from this important event.
In short I am from a VERY big Torres Strait Islander family which is connected to various Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal families but, whose roots originate from the Torres Strait Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Lifou Island (New Caleldonia). Yes, Lifou Island is part of the Loyalty Islands that various cruise ships frequent and some say is "paradise".
I am the great, great grandson of Dosiah Sailor who was the third eldest child (12 first generation children) in our massive family. Yes, my surname is spelt differently but there are various stories on why that is the case, I will not take up your time today explaining. The Reunion was the second family gathering to occur and it was full of colour, laughter, dance, song and vibrancy that is always memorable.
- Identity and belonging strengthens entrepreneurial spirit
- Cultural values will remain key business driver for TMC
- Family and community are avenues to empower our next generations with new opportunities
Bamaga Celebration Odyssey
My odyssey to Bamaga from Brisbane involved 3 car rides, 2 flights, 3 stopovers and 1 4WD ride which was a adventurous start. My time in Bamaga was filled with laughs, sunburn, celebration, energy, adventures, meeting new friends, and catching up with family.
In the lead up to the various celebrations I had the opportunity with my brothers and uncles to go hunting and fishing in the waters at the northern tip of Australia. In short, it was incredible and besides a great sunburn I managed to nab the catch of the day. Woohoo!! All the produce we caught was contributed to the family celebrations.
I had the humbling opportunity to attend a nephews shaving ceremony and on the same day attend my au bala's 60th birthday celebration which provided an opportunity to meet relatives and new bala's and sissy's (brothers and sisters).
I had discussions with various business owners, change makers, aspiring entrepreneurs who just want to contribute to the sustainability of their community, families and culture. I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone I came in contact with in Bamaga for their "debi pasin" (respect).
Key Bamaga Takeaways
- Our most inspiring entrepreneurs and change makers come from our communities
- Sustainable community development has to be driven by local suppliers and change makers
- Supplier diversity is a key avenue in business innovation - socially and commercially.
Where to now.....?
Once again I would like to thank all family, friends and community change makers I connected with during my family pilgrimage. I have brought back new ideas and strengthened focus to drive Tagai Management Consultants into the next phase of our journey in which we will continue to "maximise opportunities to make a difference" to our clients, and communities.
Key Takeaways from Journey
- Identity and belonging strengthens entrepreneurial spirit,
- Cultural values will remain key business driver for TMC,
- Family and community are avenues to empower our next generations with new opportunities,
- Our most inspiring entrepreneurs and change makers come from our communities,
- Sustainable community development has to be driven by local suppliers and change makers, and
- Supplier diversity is a key avenue in business innovation - socially and commercially.
If you are looking to work with a dynamic management consultancy who values empowering relationships, innovative solutions and achieving results contact Tagai Management Consultants today via our website www.tagaimc.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: +61 0400 280 856.
Author: Murray Saylor, Founder and Managing Director of Tagai Management Consultants
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I just got back from a week long business adventure in the USA attending the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Conference in Detroit Michigan as a member of the Supply Nation delegation family.
The 22 hour journey marathon started in Brisbane, Queensland down to Sydney, 16 hours to Dallas Fort Worth, Texas and landing in Detroit, Michigan. The saving grace was my fellow delegation members and the feeling of anticipation of the adventure to come.
Supply Nation Delegation Family
Our Supply Nation delegation consisted of Supply Nation executive leaders, Indigenous Suppliers, Corporate members and international change enablers from New Zealand. During the course of our journey together our delegation became family and the greatest value and learning I gained on the trip was from within the delegation family.
Global Supplier Diversity Alliance
Prior to the Conference the delegation had a incredible opportunity to connect with the Global Supplier Diversity Alliance (GSDA) family. I look forward to following up with some of the friendships that were created, and accessing the GSDA family to enter the global marketplace. Thank you Supply Nation for the introductions. The GSDA consists of:
- Australia: Supply Nation
- Canada: Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)
- China: Minority Supplier Development in China (MSDChina)
- South Africa: South African Supplier Diversity Council (SASDC)
- UK: Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK)
The Supply Nation team organised a great program of events for the delegation to attend which the majority of was held at the Cobo Centre near our accommodation. The trade show event lived up to expectations with a great example of the commitment of USA corporates and minority business enterprises (MBE) side by side exhibiting their businesses.
Even though the USA MBE sector is commercially mature there was some missing ingredients for me. That our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business sector actively demonstrate and our Corporate sector are slowly embracing, and that is respect for country, our peoples' lore and culture in how we conduct business and sustain two of the most ancient Indigenous cultures within our global village.
Key NMSDC Event Takeaways
Before I share takeaways, it has to be shared USA fast foods is tasty but should not be consumed excessively. Anyway, back to the what I took away from the event besides developing enduring friendships with my fellow delegation family members.
- Tailor business PITCH to your audience
- Secure a large CLIENT to work with and build our business together
- Have a business MENTOR
- Develop a collaborative and respectful RELATIONSHIP with fellow Indigenous business
- SUPPLIER DIVERSITY has to be driven by the minority business sector in partnership with Corporate clients/partners
Got back into Australia and straight back into progressing the Tagai Management Consultants journey. I will spend some time to reflect on the USA adventure, strengthen friendships, apply learnings ,and drive Tagai Management Consultants to achieve our corporate sustainability and growth goals.
In 2018, the NMSDC Conference will be held in Austin, Texas and the learning and networking is a worthwhile investment for Supply Nation suppliers and corporate members.
Acknowledge and Respects
I would like to take the opportunity to pay respects to the First Nation people of the country we met on during the Conference, and to our whanau from Aotearoa for your spirit, drive, and treasured gift.
Thank you to Laura Berry (Supply Nation CEO) and the on the ground Supply Nation team (Jason Timor - D/CEO, Jenny Wardrop - QLD/NT Relationship officer) for providing great support, advice and learnings during the Conference. Respects to the 2017 Supply Nation Delegation family for your patience, support, advice, laughter, and most importantly SPIRIT. "Too deadly!!"
Finally, I would like to humbly thank my Indigenous Supply Chain Connections family for supporting me to attend the event https://www.indigenoussupplychainconnections.com.au/
Murray Saylor - Managing Director - Tagai Management Consultants
Tagai Management Consultants "maximising opportunities to make a difference" - Murray Saylor
On Monday, 30 October 2017 Tagai Management Consultants co-hosted with Ngiyani Pty Ltd the Ipswich Black Business Coffee Networking & Meet-up at Seeds Coffee (owned by Torres Strait Islander entrepreneur, Tamara Haworth).
The event was one of many nationwide events throughout October celebrating Indigenous Business Month.
17 aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs, a local government Councillor and IBA attended the coffee event with a spirit of respect for country, collaboration and motivation to not just strengthen their business journey but, to ensure the community benefits.
Old connections were energised, new connections were started and all participants agreed that the event which built upon the coffee events hosted by the Southeast Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for Indigenous entrepreneurs in the Ipswich region to create a business ecosystem that encourages, learning, collaboration, strong relationships and community.
The next event is scheduled for Monday, 27 November 2017 at The Secret Garden, 241 Brisbane Street, Ipswich Qld and on the focused agenda will be some professional development, government insights and Tagai Management Consultants will deliver a procurement session.
Tagai Management Consultants is proud to support the Ipswich Black Business Coffee Networking & Meet up events. Tagai Management Consultants "MAXIMISING OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE". www.tagaimc.com