For most businesses, these are tough questions. Perhaps even more so for Conscious Businesses who strive to align all their stakeholders around a higher purpose. When done consciously though, workplace spending can be a huge force for positive social and environmental change. In recent years the growth in diversity suppliers such as social enterprises and indigenous owned businesses as well as new approaches to purchasing like social procurement, have made it easier than ever for organisations to spend more consciously.
- Understand what Conscious Spending is, why it matters and how it can benefit you and your organisation
- Learn about different types of diversity/ impact suppliers and where you can find them
- Understand the obstacles to Conscious Spending and how you can overcome them
- Gain practical insights and tips that you can easily implement straight away
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Matt Perfect (a.k.a. The Impact Spender) is a facilitator and coach who helps people in business re-imagine their workplace spending as a force for good.
With over a decade of experience as a procurement practitioner and a management consultant, Matt knows a thing or two about working with suppliers and spending money... lots of it. These days, two forces drive his work: a passion for social impact and profit for purpose business, and a belief that spending is the most powerful force for change in the world.
Matt’s practitioner experience includes senior procurement roles with National Australia Bank and Toll Group, both of which involved leading cross-functional strategic procurement and supplier development initiatives across diverse stakeholder groups. As a Principal Consultant and Head of Roundtables at The Faculty, Matt and his team were responsible for delivering Australia’s largest and most highly regarded leadership development program for Chief Procurement Officers and developing procurement leaders. Matt also contributed to The Faculty’s research report co-authored with Social Traders, "Corporate Social Procurement in Australia" and led the Corporate Board for Social Procurement as part of The Roundtable.
In addition to working with his corporate and government clients, Matt is also a regular speaker and commentator on conscious business and procurement topics as well as being a facilitator and coach for The Trusted Negotiator and an Advisor and Purpose Ambassador for The Slow School of Business.
Mark is a leading figure in social enterprise in Australia with over 15 years experience working with and for social enterprises. Since 2005 His energy and efforts have focused on supporting the development of the sector.
Mark’s current focus is on social procurement where he has led the establishment of Social Traders Connect – a platform linking buyers to certified social enterprises as well as supporting the broader social procurement movement through the establishment of and ongoing work in relationship to Social Procurement Australasia.
Mark has wide ranging experience in social enterprise across program, advocacy, policy and project development. Prior to joining Social Traders in 2008, he was Social Enterprise Manager for the Brotherhood of St Laurence, managing a number of social enterprises aimed at assisting people into mainstream employment as well as providing expertise to other agencies looking to establish social enterprises. Mark has also developed policy and community development activities for public housing estates in inner city Melbourne. Mark is a sought after as a keynote speaker on a range of social enterprise topics.
Mark has Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Graduate Diploma in Urban Policy and Planning from RMIT
Justin Pagotto is a social entrepreneur passionate about community transformation and the pressing need for charities to transition to sustainable fundraising models. Traditional donor based charity fundraising is becoming increasingly difficult-with tens of thousands of charities competing for less than 1% of Australia’s GDP.
The idea for Corporate Spend was born during an entrepreneurial exchange to South Africa- What if companies could support charity through their everyday spending on goods and services? What if you could use supply chain strategies to solve supply chain injustice like human trafficking?
As Chief Expansion Officer, Justin creates collaborative ethical procurement partnerships by connecting business owners, schools and corporates to high quality, vetted suppliers. These suppliers pay Corporate Spend a share of the revenue stream for the life of the client thereby solving the fundraising problem and creating ongoing sustainable revenue for social good.
Justin has 13 years experience in running entrepreneurial businesses, with a background in equipment finance, business insurance and financial advisory. One of these businesses based in the Phillipines provides retail employment opportunities to young graduates so they can stay in their local province.
Mentoring and equipping the next generation drives all that Justin does. Previously Justin was a “Kids Hope Mentor” for indigenous youth for 5+ years, where he pioneered an educational cooking program and is currently a Club Kidpreneur mentor helping to train 8-12 year old children to start and run their own businesses. In 2010, Justin received the Australia Day Medal from Randwick Council in recognition of his services to the community.
Justine Moss is a passionate advocate and an expert advisor within the Indigenous sector. Over the past 10 years she has worked within the Government, Corporate and Not for Profit sectors, striving to achieve the best outcomes for the Indigenous community primarily around procurement, economic development, employment and empowerment.
Justine’s extensive experience has taken her from developing small Indigenous businesses at Koori Business Network to working for the Australian Employment Covenant 50,000 Jobs, Generation One and Reconciliation Australia delivering the Workplace Ready Program.
A testament to her dedication and ongoing tenacity she is now a procurement specialist and the Head of Government Memberships at Supply Nation. This national role enables her to focus on driving Government to achieve its commitments in procuring goods and services with Indigenous businesses.
Justine’s ongoing drive in this space gives her the ability to inspire others and adopt practical solutions to engage both sides to achieve the best outcomes.