Now in its 4th year, the Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards recognise and celebrate Supplier Development best practice in South Africa and encourage collaboration and learning across the African continent. The inaugural awards, supported by Absa in partnership with Fetola, Cold Press Media and Arena Holdings attracted more than 400 entries across diverse industries and has since continued to grow in scope and impact. This year, the awards programme also incorporates an engaging series of online Africa-wide Dialogues to foster inclusivity across the continent, with a focus on the growth of SMMEs.

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

Join the conversation with like-minded companies who are contributing to building the Supplier Development ecosystem.
If you are looking to bolster your Supplier Development initiatives and showcase your impact simply complete the Expression of Interest form by 16 April to start your journey to the 2021 Awards.


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