We launched our first formal Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in Australia in November 2020 and the last 18 months has been a period of learning and understanding for our people - which is the intent of the 'Reflect' RAP phase.
We set ourselves 13 meaningful and impactful initiatives across the four reconciliation pillars of Relationships, Respect, Opportunities and Governance.
Some of the highlights have been:
- The introduction of Acknowledgement of Country to our formal meetings and site launches (example below)
- Proudly displaying our unique Indigenous artwork and its meaning in all our Australian offices
- Actively engaging more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses on our projects
- Proactively engaging with Indigenous businesses to determine how we can make working with us an easier and more rewarding experience.
We were commended for our RAP and related initiatives across a number of our projects at the annual Infrastructure Sustainability Council (ISC) Awards held in March 2022. In making the commendation the ISC judges said we'd...
- Shown an "innovative approach to creating greater understanding and education"
- "Demonstrated both historical and future social sustainability through our Reconciliation Action Plan"
- "Collaborated with industry, stakeholders and private enterprise and demonstrated inclusion within the initiatives"
- Shown "leadership in creating awareness and sharing knowledge of Australia’s long history and traditions".
Most pleasingly, we achieved all the targets we set ourselves in our 'Reflect RAP' and, with the approval of Reconciliation Australia, are now in the process of developing our 'Innovate RAP'.