Reconciliation in action

Last week our RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan) Working Group met for our biannual meeting to review progress and plan for the year ahead. In this meeting, we reflected on progress over the last six months as well as the community initiatives undertaken since the last group meeting.

We are already in the planning for next year’s events and discussed ways in which our partners can give back to their communities through the support of local schools and sporting clubs and work in the community.

We have already begun working on the framework for our next RAP to take over from the current one, which ends in June next year. We want to build upon the successes from our first RAP and consider areas that we think we can improve upon. We want our RAP to be an accessible document for all our staff. A robust working document that guides our commitment to reconciliation and shapes the path our business takes in a meaningful and deliberate way.

In our next RAP we will build upon our targets set out under three main areas:
1. Responsibility– NEMMS JV acknowledges that working closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, organisations and communities is necessary to strengthen and enhance business, seek advice and education, and develop a network of relationships to support our reconciliation.

2. Respect– We value respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the way we do business. By cultivating a deep awareness and respect amongst employees of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their relationship to land, their histories and cultures. This respect is important for fostering an inclusive workplace where all Australians can celebrate their shared history and for attracting and retaining a diverse workforce.

3. Opportunities– NEMMS JV intends to seek out opportunities to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates in our recruitment process and to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses in our procurement process. Promoting these opportunities will contribute to closing the social, economic and health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Non-Indigenous Australians and progress sustainability of communities in which we operate.

We look forward to sharing more of the achievements and challenges as we move into next year.