Giving back to communities with Mitchell Ross

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Kristal Kinsela is the supplier diversity expert who’s done it all before. A published author, trusted advisor to leading global organisations and descendant of both the Jawoyn and Wiradjuri nations, Kristal brings lived experience and over 18 years of business expertise to every partnership.

Mitchell is a proud Bidjigal man from La Perouse in south-east Sydney. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Muru Office Supplies, a national Workplace Supplies provider, and is enthusiastic about his role in helping to grow the Indigenous business sector and giving back to the community.

After working in the IT industry for almost 15 years, providing technology services to small business customers, Mitchell discovered the emerging supplier diversity trend in late 2011 and pivoted from IT into workplace supplies.

Mitchell has grown Muru from the ground up into one of the largest First Nation owned companies in Australia and partnered with leading brands such as CBA, Telstra, Boral, Qantas, Fortescue Metals and KPMG.

Mitchell helps organisations capture value above and beyond the products they purchase through Muru. He creates partnerships that are more than transactional, offering ongoing mutual value for both parties through social outcomes.

Muru means “pathway” in the language of the coastal Sydney region and Mitchell’s vision is to create a pathway for future generations, helping to close the gap for First Nation people. A percentage of all Muru profits is donated to First Nations community programs that support Education, Employment and Health & Wellbeing initiatives.

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