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Cedrent and BHP forge pathbreaking partnership

Zak Kirkup -

Aboriginal-owned car hire company Cedrent Enterprises has been awarded a three-year, $8 million contract to provide light vehicle hire services for BHP in South Australia and Western Australia.

The partnership offers BHP employees an alternative for short or long-term vehicle hire at Olympic Dam in South Australia, and across the company's Newman and Port Hedland operations in the Pilbara.

Cedrent General Manager Dan Walmsley said the deal is not just about the economic impact but the broader opportunity for the community.

"This collaboration with BHP not only underscores our shared commitment to social responsibility and sustainable development but also fuels our efforts to create opportunities within the First Nations business sector," he said.

"We're also proud to be providing a portion of our profits to Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation in SA, or Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation in WA, which are both devoted to giving back to their communities through programs that up-skill youth, support local businesses and create a growing demand for Indigenous goods and services."

BHP's Head of Global Indigenous Procurement, Chris Cowan, emphasised the resource giant's commitment to building sustainable partnerships with Traditional Owner and Indigenous businesses.

"BHP is committed to doing more to build sustainable, profitable and enduring partnerships with Traditional Owner and Indigenous businesses across our operations," he said.

Mr Cowan further highlighted the significance of this contract, noting that it is the first time an Indigenous-owned business has been awarded a contract of this type with BHP.

"We look forward to working together to help empower more Indigenous businesses and communities across Australia," he said.

The partnership between Cedrent and BHP aligns with BHP's recently released Reconciliation Action Plan, which aims to achieve $1.5 billion of spending for procurement from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Traditional Owner businesses across all Australian businesses by 30 June 2027.

Up until May 2023, BHP has already established partnerships with 192 Indigenous businesses around the country, including 89 Traditional Owner businesses.

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