Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-2019 launched
22 Mar 17
Australia is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, yet a disproportionate number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live with unacceptable gaps in health, income and living standards. All of us have a role in working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to contribute to meaningful reconciliation.
After more than 12 months of research, consulting and drafting, we proudly launched our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2017 – 2019 (RAP) in Wollongong on 22 March.
Our new “Innovate” RAP is an increased commitment on our previous “Reflect” RAP, and outlines our vision for reconciliation and the steps we will take alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to help create a more equal future.
Like our previous Reflect RAP, our Innovate RAP touches every part of our business. From strengthening our business relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned suppliers, to measures that support our staff who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander to participating in cultural appropriate practice, like Sorry business.
All of our staff are trained in cultural awareness and have the RAP embedded into their everyday work through their position descriptions, ensuring our commitment to reconciliation is owned and championed by the whole business.
Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
Speaking at the launch, our CEO, Andrew Cairns said, “Sharing our cultures, growing our awareness and building strong relationships is what our Reconciliation Action Plan seeks to achieve, and what today is all about.”
In this way, the launch of our Innovate RAP provides the opportunity to celebrate and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
Traditional performances by social enterprise Koori Kulcha Experience, a Welcome to Country from local Elder Vic Chapman, and a talk from Saretta Fielding, the artist behind the artwork featured on our RAP, all helped build the cultural understanding of our staff and help share experiences across cultures.
Promoting relationships and supporting Indigenous business
A key activity in our Innovate RAP is to engage with and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. This began with the suppliers we worked with for our RAP launch. From the catering to the photographer, and even the printer behind the RAP document itself – we made a point of using Indigenous suppliers:
- Koori Kulcha Experiences: catering and performances
- The Wow Factor: photography & videography
- Saretta Fielding: artist
- Print Junction: RAP document printing
Our RAP has initiatives mapped across 2017, 2018 and 2019 with annual reporting against our commitments. We look forward to sharing our progress and experiences along the way.