Remote community engagement in city supply chains

by Winya Indigenous Furniture

(Business)

A Global Compact member

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Joining remote communities into our supply chain and using timbers that would otherwise be burned

Project goal

a social & environmental collaboration with Indigenous landowners to incorporate remote communities into our supply chain

delivering on

why is this project important?

It is important to try to connect remote and disadvantaged communities into the broader opportunities in Australia

Key steps to make it happen

1Communication

Understand the capabilities within remote communities so that we can work to their strengths

2Training

Go on-site and address the needs of the people along with the goal of the product and project

This project won two major sustainability awards in 2017 and delivered significant pride to the community as well as eliminating the wasteful burning of timbers

Winya is a majority Indigenous-owned furniture company and its Arnhem furniture range is a social and environmental collaboration with remote Northern Territory Indigenous landowners that use an indigenous sawmill to provide waste timbers coming from mine-site clearing to produce custom-made soft seating.

The Arnhem range won both the Building Industry Sustainability Award and a Banksia Award in 2017

Salvaged timbers that would otherwise be burnt (or even discarded) create indigenous employment both in remote areas and apprenticeships in cities. Timber is sorted and graded and cut to basic furniture components, then shipped to Sydney for finishing and manufactured into lounges in factories by Indigenous trainees on apprenticeships.

See us on SBS.

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