As a major Australian company with a large regional community footprint, we can have a positive influence on our nation’s reconciliation efforts. By focusing on relationships, respect and opportunities, together we can create better partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities where we operate and strengthen the reconciliation journey for our company.
We have made great progress in recent years, doubling the percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees in our workforce from approximately 2.5% in 2012 to around 5% today. Through our RAP, we are committed to developing the capability of our existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce.
We are proud that Reconciliation Australia has endorsed our new plan as a ‘Stretch’ RAP, recognising the progress we have made with embedding reconciliation within our company. This is a testament to the commitment and involvement of so many people across the business in building more inclusive workplaces.
We are also proud that three pieces of artwork in the RAP, including the cover, were created by one of our employees, Laurie Anno. Laurie has been with the Company for nearly 30 years and also provided the artwork for our first RAP. The description of the piece wrapped around the front and back cover shows:
The journey and coming together of the Indigenous and non-indigenous communities, as we share the beautiful land of Australia we call home. The circle denotes the meeting point and the curvy lines indicate the journey men, women and children have made to get to this point.
The yellow palm imprints indicate no matter where life takes you and what you achieve, we are still rooted to this land and its rich culture.