The Brisbane Lions are proud to support AFLW sponsor Hastings Deering and congratulate them on the release of their inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
As National Reconciliation Week is observed across the country, Hastings Deering celebrated receiving the stamp of approval for their RAP from Reconciliation Australia.
The process to draft a RAP received a strong endorsement from Lion Allen Christensen when the project began and AFLW star Ally Anderson sent a video of support on behalf of the Club on its completion.
Culture lead at Hastings Deering, Chris Symons, described the Reconciliation journey as an important milestone for our organisation.
“We’re incredibly proud to launch our first RAP during NRW this year,” said Mr Symons.
“This has been a 12-month project for the culture team and RAP working group and underpins our strong commitment to building an inclusive workforce and community.”
The RAP outlines the company’s strategy to demonstrate ways the organisation contribute to the national goal of reconciliation.
Reconciliation Australia CEO Karen Mundine said action plans such as the one produced by Hastings Deering provided the framework to achieve the five dimensions of reconciliation: race relations; equality and equity, institutional integrity; unity; and historical acceptance.
“It is critical to not only uphold all five dimensions of reconciliation, but to increase awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, knowledge and leadership within and across all sectors of Australian society,” she said.
“By committing to this Reflect RAP, Hastings Deering will establish structures to guide reconciliation initiatives and commence a lifelong cultural learning journey amongst all employees.”
NRW is celebrated from 27th May – 3rd June each year. These dates commemorate two milestones in the reconciliation journey: the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared history and the cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to explore meaningful ways we can all work together to achieve reconciliation in Australia.
To learn more about Hastings Deering’s first RAP, and to download a copy, visit https://www.hastingsdeering.com.au/our-business/our-commitment/reconciliation