Every Australian organisation has a responsibility to aid in the reconciliation process. Here’s why your company should join over 600 other organizations throughout the country in making a difference. It was more than branding when former Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes was revealed as the face of David Jones earlier this year. Goodes was hired as a reconciliation expert to assist the retailer in developing its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and combating racism. Adelaide City Council, Carlton Football Club, Sydney Festival, and Staples Australia are among the 600 organisations across the country that have launched a formal Reconciliation Action Plan.
What is a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)?
A RAP’s concept is simple but powerful: it specifies the measures an organisation will take to enable non-Indigenous people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians create healthy relationships and respect. RAPs are about more than simply words and purpose statements; they are about paving the way for real social transformation.
So, how successful are they in achieving this crucial goal? According to a recent report, RAPs are assisting in closing the employment gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. More than 30,000 Indigenous Australians are now employed in businesses around the country.
Why your business needs a RAP
There are numerous advantages to creating a RAP for your company. The capacity to build a more dynamic and diverse workplace one that is more understanding and hence accepting of different cultures is at the top of the list.
For the company, this can open up new markets while also assisting in the expansion of existing ones. But, in the end, the goal is to create a more tolerant and courteous society as a whole. The RAP formalises this commitment and incorporates it into daily operations.
A RAP symbolises best-practice corporate governance across industries, with reconciliation serving as a crucial gauge of success for both large and small businesses. A well-designed and implemented RAP is an investment in your employees and workplace culture, creating the ideal environment for attracting and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professionals.
Through developing ties with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, a serious approach to reconciliation can also provide access to new markets and networks, allowing your company to grow and prosper.
Benefits for your business:
Creating a RAP provides organisations with the tools they need to move away from ad hoc initiatives and toward longer-term, sustainable strategies that will benefit you by strengthening relationships, boosting service delivery, and enhancing your reputation. You will get access to new markets as a result of your RAP, and you will create stronger relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders as a result of increased cultural awareness.
The RAP program also serves as a vital RAP relationship and cooperation broker, providing you with access to the RAP network, a vibrant, supportive, and rapidly expanding community of organisations. This community allows you to network, share experiences, and collaborate with like-minded organisations to establish collaborative efforts that have a greater impact.
If your organisation wants to start their reconciliation journey, give us a call today. CIS help design and implement tailored RAP plans for your organisation. All profits generated from this service fund our Indigenous Literacy and Numeracy Program to improve outcomes for First Nation Peoples.