One way in which we support diversity and inclusion – a key part of our corporate responsibility strategy – is through our commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous and Torres Straight Islanders peoples. To this end, in 2016 our Executive Team endorsed a 2020 Indigenous Engagement Plan that outlines our practical support for reconciliation.
Initiatives under the plan include supporting Reconciliation WA programs and initiatives and the installation of acknowledgements to the Wadjuk People of the Nyoongar nation in our head office foyers and main boardroom. Our plans also include commissioning economic and social research through our partnership with the Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre and piloting a volunteering initiative in partnership with the WA State Government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions in Yanchep National Park, focusing on the preservation and cultural significance of Nyoongar flora and fauna.
Another exciting initiative is our partnership with the Girls’ Academy, through which we have provided funding to support the work the academy does within the school system, primarily in WA, to address issues related to drug and alcohol abuse, pregnancy and violence that can prevent Aboriginal girls from completing their education. Sport and extra-curricular activities, intensive mentoring and counselling and a focus on building practical life skills (including financial literacy) are critical elements of the engagement program.