Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2024, honouring our commitment to First Nations communities

At Glad Group, we proudly celebrate NAIDOC Week 2024, a significant time to honour and acknowledge the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme, “Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud” resonates deeply with our commitment to supporting and empowering First Nations communities across Australia. “Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud” is a tribute to the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture – with fire a symbol of connection to Country, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Our journey towards reconciliation is guided by our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which outlines our dedication to fostering respectful relationships and creating meaningful opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The RAP is not just a document to us; it’s a testament to our ongoing commitment to reconciliation and an integral part of our corporate culture.

Reflecting on National Reconciliation Week (NRW)

This year’s National Reconciliation Week (NRW) was a memorable event for Glad Group. We organised a lunch to deepen our understanding and appreciation of First Nations cultures and histories. Our NRW celebrations included a cultural awareness and storytelling session with Anna Gannon and a vibrant cooking session showcasing Jo-Ann Lee. This event helped strengthen our connections with First Nations communities and reinforced our commitment to reconciliation.

Commitment to First Nations Employment

At Glad Group, we believe in the power of inclusive employment. We are committed to creating job opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across various roles within our organisation. Our employment initiatives are designed to support career development and provide a pathway for First Nations individuals to achieve their professional goals. By fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace, we contribute to building a stronger, more equitable community.

Engaging First Nations Suppliers

Supporting First Nations businesses is another crucial aspect of our commitment to reconciliation. We actively seek to engage with Indigenous suppliers and service providers, ensuring that our procurement practices are inclusive and supportive of First Nations enterprises. By doing so, we help promote economic growth and sustainability within Indigenous communities.

Looking Ahead

As we celebrate NAIDOC Week 2024, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting First Nations peoples through meaningful employment, supplier engagement, and ongoing reconciliation initiatives. We invite our employees, partners, and the wider community to join us in honouring the rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and working together towards a more inclusive and equitable future. Together, we can make a difference. Happy NAIDOC Week 2024!

For more information about our initiatives and how you can get involved, please visit our Reconciliation Action Plan page on the Glad Group website: https://gladgroup.com.au/social/

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