Logistics platform C.H. Robinson says it has announced that its second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was recently approved by Reconciliation Australia.
It says this RAP reaffirms its commitment to help shape a tomorrow in which Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians share an equitable, prosperous, and rewarding future.
“We know that rich diversity of backgrounds, experiences and opinions help us innovate, think critically, better serve our customers and ultimately, make us stronger as a company,” Angie Freeman, Chief Human Resources Officer at C.H. Robinson, says.
She adds that by recognising and acknowledging cultural differences, C.H. Robinson continuously creates and supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plans that foster an environment of belonging that embraces the unique experiences and diverse backgrounds for all peoples.
“The new RAP looks to tomorrow, where C.H. Robinson plans to achieve further genuine and meaningful outcomes with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, businesses, and communities,” Andrew Coldrey, Vice President of C.H. Robinson Asia Pacific, says.
He notes that with this second RAP, the company is committed more than ever to continue to build the trust and respect the First Nations People deserve.
C.H. Robinson Oceania’s strategic cooperation with Indigenous Defence & Infrastructure Consortium (iDiC) will work to achieve the sustainable inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses as meaningful participants in the international supply chain industry.
The company plans to achieve this by engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and developing the skillsets of these businesses.
It says it also has listed in the new RAP future commitments, including three new alliances with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suppliers within the supply chain space, and fostering an internal culture that ensures there is an openness for change.
“Our journey is only beginning as we learn and understand what it means to explore the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business opportunities within the supply chain space,” Andrew says.
“C.H. Robinson has a role to play in building capabilities in these companies, and we are excited about the possibilities of bringing our continuous learning culture to help Indigenous businesses grow in the supply chain space,” he adds.
The logistics platform company says since having its first RAP endorsed in 2019 by Reconciliation Australia, it has engaged in several activities to show respect for the rights and interests of all Australians.
Some of these activities included companywide Cultural Awareness trainings, a smoking ceremony to officially open its head office in Melbourne, and an increase in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business spending.
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