Now in its 5th year, the Business Day Supplier Development Awards recognise and celebrate Supplier Development best practice that encourages learning and collaboration that impacts the economy. The inaugural awards, founded by Fetola and Arena Holdings attracted more than 400 entries across diverse industries and has since continued to grow in scope and scale. This year the awards programme targets unemployment, inequality and poverty, by creating access to markets to grow businesses and generate jobs .

The annual awards program encourages and rewards excellence in Supplier Development; recognises the strategic imperative of Supplier Development; measures and shares the annual benchmark of good practice; promoting supplier sustainability; enables skills-transfer and sector-wide advancement and encourages industry collaboration.

Identify and recognise those companies that are doing good things in supplier development

Create an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange

Create a climate of collaboration


We are delighted with the growing success of the Supplier Development Awards and very pleased that the Supplier Development ecosystem will now extend into Africa. This year’s awards programme promises to be more interactive, more engaging, with opportunities for sharing and learning between leading corporates and the suppliers they support

— Catherine Wijnberg, CEO of Fetola and initiator of the Awards