Origin focuses on Indigenous partnerships

7 July 2016

As part of its commitment to Reconciliation, Origin has partnered with a majority owned Indigenous beverage company who are committed to sustainability and giving back to local communities.

Through its Reconciliation Action Plan Origin raises awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and works to champion diversity and build meaningful relationships with Indigenous partners.

Origin is proud to announce its partnership with beverage company Waddi Springs. Waddi Springs is a majority owned Indigenous company who provide sustainable drinking water solutions for businesses looking to implement simple changes to reduce their carbon footprint. For Origin, this means that drinking water provided to its staff is provided by an ethical, sustainable company, which supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and is looking to drive positive change.

Read more: Origin's commitment to Reconciliation

Indigenous suppliers contribute to community

Choosing to go with Waddi Springs as a supplier, Origin is also helping to support two of their core initiatives:

1. Supporting the ICV - Indigenous Community Volunteers. The ICV is an organisation which provides mentoring and leadership to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to help them build certain skill sets.

2. Supporting the mental health organisation LIVIN, a not-for-profit charity founded to wipe out the stigma of mental illness and raise awareness for suicide prevention. 

Sustainable practices

The new partnership, driven by the Integrated Gas team, Brisbane, means that Origin is also partnered with a company focused on sustainability.

Origin Procurement Specialist, Sonya Keeble says the new products supplied mean that Origin can also increase its recycling, "Not only does the water come from a sustainable source, the bags used by Waddi Spings to hold the water are made from renewable materials so are completely recyclable, meaning they can be easily disposed of in the recycling bin," she says.

"When you work with an Indigenous supplier you're normally helping more than just that business. Their commitment to the community goes a lot further, and many support underlying charities," Sonya explains.

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"When you work with an Indigenous supplier you're normally helping more than just that business. Their commitment to the community goes a lot further, and many support underlying charities."


Making a difference, one beverage at a time

As a nation, Australia is obsessed with coffee and Origin's Reconciliation working group are also looking at sourcing disposable coffee cups from an Aboriginal majority owned and operated company The David Liddiard Group. The cups feature Indigenous artwork and educational facts, so people can learn more about these unique cultural heritages.

Working with Indigenous partners is important to Origin as part of its reconciliation journey and these initiatives are expected to reach a wider number of states and locations in the future.

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