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2018 Business Award winner calls on businesses to act

Winner of ‘Excellence in Social Enterprise’, Beehive Industries, is using the opportunity to call on businesses to help the community

Leading social enterprise for social services, Beehive Industries, is calling on businesses to be more socially engaged with the community.

CEO of Beehive, Brandon Lonergan, is using the boost from NSW Business Chamber Sydney Region award ‘Excellence in Social Enterprise’ to call on Australian businesses to consider addressing meaningful community causes.

“I call on business leaders – from organisations big and small – to consider how your purchasing decisions can make an enormous difference. There are so many worthwhile causes that can be supported through your day to day supply chain choices.”

Beehive Industries recently won the 2018 Sydney City Business Awards for their work in the community, addressing the social isolation faced by seniors, aiding the long-term unemployed and those living with disabilities.

Supplied: Beehive Industries CEO Brendan Lonergan and board members Andrea Plawutsky and Katie Hart

Beehive works as a social enterprise to deliver high quality packaging, assembly and fulfilment solutions for clients, while contributing to the health and mental wellbeing of its service users by providing them a place to connect and achieve a purpose.

“Our focus at Beehive Industries is to end social isolation amongst our service users – seniors, the long term unemployed and people living with disability – and in the community more broadly,” Lonergan said.

“Social isolation and loneliness have huge adverse impacts on people’s lives, so the work we do helps people achieve a sense of purpose in a meaningful way. Importantly, we’re very much reliant on business and government organisations to partner with us to allow us to do the work we need to do.”

Beehive delivers more than 5,000 meals a quarter to over 200 service users, in addition to providing digital inclusion and literacy training, English lessons, volunteering and social activities, excursions and health literacy sessions.

On top of this, Beehive runs return to work programs for the long-term unemployed and extends its social impact externally through partnerships with universities and other not-for-profit organisations and its ‘Low Cost Meals for Seniors’ program.

“The outcomes we achieve with the support of the loyal and longstanding clients and supporters, like the City of Sydney, Telstra, Roads and Maritime Services, Department of Industry, Racing New South Wales, Oscar Razor, OzHarvest and the many others too numerous to name are proof that social procurement can and does work.”

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