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NDS's BuyAbility partners with BGIS

Ken Baker and Jon McCormick smiling together in an office

27/08/2018

BGIS, a leading global real estate and facilities management service provider, has signed an agreement with NDS to implement NDS’s BuyAbility service across the company’s Australian operations. This partnership is NDS’s first national agreement with a global company.

The BuyAbility service is designed to increase employment opportunities for people with disability through the promotion, connection and management of socially-responsible procurement opportunities for Australian Disability Enterprises. Through this new agreement, the BuyAbility service will be implemented across BGIS’s extensive supply chain network. 

The primary aim of the partnership is to promote the benefits of employing people with disability across BGIS’s core business areas, including real estate management services, facilities management, professional services, project delivery services and workplace solutions.

Jon McCormick, President and Managing Director APAC at BGIS, said: “This is an important partnership for the business and will provide more opportunities for people with disability to be engaged in meaningful employment. The BuyAbility service offers the perfect platform to connect with Disability Enterprises and integrate people with disability into our extensive network within the communities where we operate.”

“Promoting inclusion and diversity in the workplace is an integral part of our business and BGIS’s core values. The NDS agreement further supports BGIS’s corporate social responsibilities. This partnership will also deliver significant financial benefits to the Australian economy through disability support pension savings. BGIS employees will also have increased job satisfaction and pride when engaging with people who have disability.”

Since its inception in 2011, over 1,500 people with a disability have been engaged in work through BuyAbility contracts, with over $33M in Disability Enterprise contracts secured. Disability Enterprises in the BuyAbility network save the Australian government around $33.3M per annum and generate a net economic benefit of $743M per annum. The net return on investment for each dollar of government funding is $2.83. 

Ken Baker, Chief Executive of NDS, said: “BGIS’s endorsement reflects the value that BuyAbility offers businesses. BuyAbility is the only social procurement service focused on people with disability. It enables businesses to tap into a network of 600 Disability Enterprise outlets across Australia that produce a range of high-quality products and services at competitive prices. The BuyAbility team manages all contract obligations to make the process reliable and seamless for clients. I warmly welcome this partnership with BGIS.”

The employment rate of Australians with disability lags far behind the general employment rate. BuyAbility is helping to change this depressing statistic.

About BGIS

BGIS is a leading provider of customised facility management services, project delivery services, energy and sustainability solutions, building performance management, workplace advisory and management, and real estate services. With a combined team of over 7,000 globally, BGIS focuses on enabling innovation through the service it delivers while actively looking for new opportunities that will enable innovation for its clients’ businesses. Globally, BGIS manages over 30 million square metres of client portfolios across more than 30,000 locations in Australia, Asia, North America, Europe and Middle East.

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Helen Bednar, National Business Manager, 02 9256 3113,