DCNS has signed a letter of intent with the Indigenous Defence Consortium (IDC) to explore opportunities to include Indigenous Australians and Indigenous businesses within DCNS’s supply chain, particularly within the Future Submarine Program.
The partnership is the first agreement signed by the IDC since it was founded in March 2016. The letter was signed in Canberra by Sean Costello, Chief Executive Officer, DCNS Australia and Adam Goodes, Chief Executive, IDC.
DCNS Australia will work with the IDC to continuously improve each other’s business through open dialogue and feedback.
“DCNS Australia and the IDC see the mutual benefits associated with supporting and assisting one another in relation to our role in one of Australia’s most complex defence projects, the Future Submarine Program,” said Sean Costello, Chief Executive Officer, DCNS Australia.
“We hope to discover more about how the indigenous business community is participating in major projects in Australia and develop effective and efficient ways of working together,” said Mr Costello.
Adam Goodes, Chief Executive IDC said he was looking forward to supporting DCNS directly and indirectly with the nation building future submarine program.
“We already have six Indigenous businesses providing services to DCNS across a couple of contracts,” said Mr Goodes.
“We are excited about partnering with DCNS to flush out more long term opportunities and contracts for Indigenous business that will help build sustainable capabilities and showcase the ability of the Indigenous Business Sector.” said Mr Goodes.
DCNS and the IDC will meet regularly to review the progress of their activities and identify potential opportunities in the Future Submarine Program.
DCNS is the European leader in naval defence and a major player in marine renewable energy. The Group’s success as an advanced technology company with global reach is built on meeting customer needs by deploying exceptional know-how, unique industrial resources and an ability to develop innovative strategic partnerships. DCNS designs and builds submarines and surface combatants, develops associated systems and infrastructure, and offers a full range of services to naval bases and shipyards. The Group has also expanded its focus into marine renewable energy. Aware of its corporate social responsibilities, DCNS is a member of the United Nations Global Compact. The DCNS Group generates annual revenues of €3.04 billion and employs 12,953 people (2015 data).
The Indigenous Defence Consortium (IDC) was established to help Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs capitalise on the National Innovation and Science Agenda by delivering skills, innovations, services and supplies to Australian infrastructure projects in the defence sector. As a supply chain aggregator the IDC focuses on identifying business opportunities for its Indigenous business consortium partners and then presents turnkey solutions which provide a de-risked integrated offering to its clients. The IDC now has over 50 Supply Nation certified businesses in the consortium. The Indigenous Defence Consortium (IDC) was established because of Indigenous owned and controlled businesses seeking to participate in the delivery of long term Nation building projects. Projects which build sovereign capability and infrastructure offer longer term contracts and relationships with clients and the Indigenous business sector wants to meaningfully participate.