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

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 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.  

Catherine Wijnberg, CEO of Fetola and initiator of the Awards, says: “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.”

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.

2019 entries close on 1 March 2019