Procurement decisions making a difference

16 July 2019

We’re creating a better world and one way we’re doing this is through delivering social and sustainable benefits to the communities in Melbourne’s south-east.

We’ve engaged Enviro Management Services (EMS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott Support Services (a social enterprise working with people with intellectual disabilities) to provide grounds maintenance and gardening services at our offices, treatment plants, water and sewer sites and other facilities.

EMS won our tender in August 2018 and have been delivering grounds maintenance services to the water industry for 20 years.

Our Strategic Procurement Coordinator, Matthew Yam said the organisation is proud to continue to work with EMS, who have been delivering outstanding grounds maintenance services for the past six years.

“Our business relationship delivers benefits beyond the value of the services being procured, in creating meaningful employment for disadvantaged groups, and making a difference to their lives.”

“The EMS contract is strongly aligned with the Victorian Government’s Social Procurement Framework (SPF), and our own objective of promoting social, economic and environmental outcomes and benefits from our procurement,” he added.

The new contract provides people with disabilities a significant and meaningful opportunity to work, to learn and to participate as part of a high functioning team and to eventually transition into the open employment market. EMS crews deliver quality work in the horticulture industry, integrating people with disability into real operational situations. EMS rotate up to five people with disability through the crews that work with us, and at times that makes up about 60 per cent of their total crew number as part of the provision of the services.

“At Enviro Management Services, we’re committed to providing quality work and sustainable outcomes through social programs that deliver value twice, through quality work and through a workforce that demonstrates social inclusion. We value our partnership with South East Water, together we’re able to build a socially inclusive workforce that better reflects the community,” said EMS Divisional Manager, Raymond Lee.

EMS returns all profits to Marriott Support Services, which provides services to approximately 200 people with different abilities across several facilities such as Marriott House, Roads to Independence, NDIS Engagement and Marriott Industries (supported employment).