About


In a country where ‘business’ is often painted as self-serving, the Absa Business Day 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 South Afica 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.

More than 400 entries were received for the inaugural Awards that were presented in partnership with FetolaCold Press Media and Tiso Blackstar Group.

A series of post-Awards events - ‘The CEO Dialogues’ - will present a compelling platform for corporate South Africa to work together to generate collective learning.


A message from the initiator

The 2018 finalists illustrate the huge impact that corporate South Africa has on the national growth and transformation agenda and showcase how effective Supplier Development Programmes can and do lead to sustainable growth, genuine empowerment, and positive benefits for all stakeholders.
— Catherine Wijnberg, CEO of Fetola and initiator of the Awards

2019 Entries are open

We invite you to participate in the 2019 Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards, where we recognise and celebrate big businesses striving for a thriving, inclusive supply chain.

2019 entries close on 25 March 2019  


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