Bayer Australia has won the 2017 Sigma Supplier of the Year award at a gala industry event held at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne on Thursday night.
In front of 360 guests, Sigma Healthcare’s CEO Mark Hooper presented Bayer Australia and New Zealand General Manager Mark Sargent with the award, which recognises Bayer’s commitment to a strong partnership to mutually grow business activity, services and customer engagement.
Sigma has led the way in the pharmaceutical sector by acknowledging its suppliers every year in an award ceremony as part of its continuing program to invest in business partnerships.
Bayer Australia was also named 2017 Medicinal Supplier of the Year at the awards. Other 2017 winners acknowledged for their excellence on the night included Colgate Palmolive, Kings Transport, Evolution Health, Johnson & Johnson, Beiersdorf, AbbVie and Nestlé (see full list of winners below).
Mr Hooper said: “The Sigma Supplier of the Year award is a measure of the consistently high level of engagement and commitment that Bayer Australia has demonstrated to Sigma, which helps our pharmacy members and our customers. It has also facilitated proactive and responsive business initiatives across our retail and wholesale business.
“Bayer Australia has proven to be a great business partner to Sigma, with a strategic and holistic approach across all aspects of our business, as evidenced by Bayer Australia also taking out the Medicinal Supplier of the Year award, amid a broad range of category winners announced last night.”
Mr Sargent said: “During the past 18 months, Bayer has set its sights on understanding the areas of importance to Sigma and how we could add value to all areas of the organisation. This award is an outstanding recognition of the hard work over that period and we thank Sigma for that recognition.”
The Oscars/Academy Awards-themed evening at the awards saw more than 360 participants join special guests including model and television personality Rachael Finch, who is also Amcal’s Beauty Ambassador, and the entire board of Sigma Healthcare, to recognise outstanding supplier achievement.
Funds were also raised at the gala event for Sigma’s partner charities – Carers Australia and the Summer Foundation. Mr Hooper presented a cheque for $55,000 to each charity during the event.
More than 250 suppliers were in the running for the awards, with 11 suppliers recognised for outstanding achievements.
Mr Hooper said the awards were an important recognition of the critical role that suppliers played in the pharmaceutical sector.
THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Sigma Supplier of the Year winner – Bayer Australia
FMCG Supplier of the Year – Colgate Palmolive
Medicinal Supplier of the Year – Bayer
Health & Wellbeing Supplier of the Year – Evolution Health
Beauty/Gifting Supplier of the Year – Johnson & Johnson
Pharmacy Support Supplier of the Year – BRL Contracting
Logistics Supplier of the Year – Kings Transport
Wholesale Supplier of the Year – Beiersdorf
Ethicals Supplier of the Year – AbbVie
Multichannel Supplier of the Year – Nestlé
Professional Services Supplier of the Year – Janssen Cilag
Marketing Pharmacy Support Supplier of the Year – Naked Communications