What does your furniture say about you?
Does your workspace prove that you walk the walk when it comes to your corporate social responsibility goals
An office fit-out or large scale deployment of furniture in any business is disruptive. This can be one of the hardest choices when it comes to picking a supplier. The reason is that design is subjective and custom furniture can be difficult to compare against another set of custom furniture.
Going back 30 years, a brand of furniture was generally exclusive to one supplier. It was built in one factory and the quality of the manufacturer shone through. Nearly all production has moved offshore to lower production cost facilities which mass produce. So paying more for an ‘up-market’ brand needs to be considered carefully.
Especially when your business takes a stance on sustainability and corporate responsibility – the choices you make in your office fit out can speak a lot louder than your marketing or sales teams do.
For any business which has a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) goals or procurement targets from Indigenous majority owned enterprises – fit-out is an area that can help to deliver faster outcomes.
Transparency creates accountability
Supply Clusters provides transparent reporting on Furniture Fit-out through our member portal. Simply purchase through our Standing Offer arrangement and your data will be available 24/7. Members have access to all of their data including detail on every single transaction.
- Quantity and Spend by period
- Compare Furniture Fit-out Purchases by cost centre
- Transaction level detail on each product ordered
What to think about when choosing a fit-out provider
What your choices say about you
When your company spruiks a message on sustainability, your offices need to reflect the same message. Actions always speak louder than words. Choosing an indigenous business as lead supplier on these projects can prove that your company and your brand deliver on what you say.
Custom made or limited edition furniture looks wonderful for a short period of time. It is also the nature of furniture to break over time through misadventure or wear and tear. When you are choosing the latest pieces as part of a fit out – consider whether the items you are choosing will be available in five years time.
Good workspaces are more than just about design
Design is subjective. Always was always will be. Design should extend beyond what something looks like or whether it will help your supplier grace a page in the industry magazine. Strong consideration should be given to a supplier who thinks beyond just the typical what goes where. Choose a supplier which considers how your business will evolve into the future.
Introducing our Partnership with Winya Indigenous Furniture Fit-out
WINYA is majority Indigenous owned and controlled business, supplying workstations, sit-stand desks, task seating, lounges and storage, lockers and boardrooms through Indigenous employment focused manufacturing.
WINYA supplies large scale fit out and furniture to the ATO, Defence and leading builders such as Laing O’Rourke and Lend Lease. This enables WINYA’s Indigenous manufacturing employment program on a national basis.
With the support of many of Australia’s leading furniture manufacturers WINYA’s trainee program is reaching its Indigenous employment goals. A Profit for Purpose business WINYA supports Indigenous training and employment growth without Government funding assistance.
Supply Clusters Standing Offer
Supply Clusters has partnered with Winya for all your furniture fit-out needs.
Members receive the following benefits from Winya:
- 1.5% rebate on across all spend with Winya (premium members)
- Access to all spend data with Winya through member portal to report on Reconciliation Action Plan goals
- Dedicated national account management team for members