Being part of a team that’s creating something special for your organisation is an amazing experience. It’s uplifting, has a positive impact on your self-worth and motivates you to make a greater contribution to not only your work family but the broader community.
Earlier this year Glad Group started on a journey to Reconciliation, taking mindful steps to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan that reflects our desire for inclusiveness and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
In August we took a big step, with a dynamic workshop held with the wonderful team from the Aboriginal Employment Strategy Ltd (AES).
Bringing together our business leaders and staff from all different departments, we took the time to reflect on what Reconciliation means to our organisation and some of the initiatives that will form the basis of our plan, so that it’s meaningful and measurable – we all had lots of fun along the way.
The workshop, overseen by Kristy Masella (AES), revealed simple ways that any organisation can support Aboriginal business from printers to uniform suppliers. We have already started down this path, in Western Australia we have developed a commercial relationship with Wirrpanda Chemical Supplies, which forms part of the Wirrpanda Foundation.
The Wirrpanda Foundation exists to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders through education and employment opportunities. We have also partnered with registered training organisation Learning Sphere, to provide employment opportunities across our NSW cleaning operations.
The final step is to formalise our Reconciliation Action Plan, turning our thinking into action and this is not far away. We look forward to sharing this soon.