On 24 May of this year, the inaugural ABSA Supplier Development Awards took place and the event was an absolute success. If you don’t know what the awards are about or why they are so important then this short video will get you up to speed. Fetola’s CEO, Catherine Wijnberg, was the visionary behind the ABSA Supplier Development Awards as she realised that so often big businesses in South Africa are getting a made rep because no one sees the good they are doing.
In a country where ‘business’ is often painted as self-serving, the ABSA Supplier Development Awards explores ways to change this narrative. The lessons learned from this exercise have largely debunked the prevailing sentiment that corporates and parastatals in SA don’t invest in tomorrow’s business leaders. The Awards showcase the gambit of best practice, and acknowledge leading organisations with successful supplier development programmes that are making a lasting impact beyond simple scorecard compliance. A panel of seven judges evaluated the entries from some of the country’s most prominent brands.