Why does Glad Group have a RAP?

Glad Group has been on a Reconciliation journey since 2018. We have since developed our first Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2019 and released a second RAP in May 2022. To close NAIDOC Week 2023, we wanted to take you through our RAP journey and share more information about our commitments.

The Glad Group of companies has an ongoing commitment to playing an active role in the Australian Reconciliation movement, aligned to our broader goal of being a Force for Good. At its heart, Reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians. Reconciliation is important because it acknowledges and addresses the historical and ongoing injustices experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and seeks to create a more equitable and respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. It also recognises the unique cultures, languages and knowledge systems of Indigenous peoples and the importance of preserving and promoting them.

To formalise this commitment, Glad Group has developed a Reconciliation Action Plan. Based around the core pillars of relationships, respect and opportunities, a RAP publicly documents an organisation’s commitment to delivering tangible benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, increasing economic and educational equity, and supporting self-determination. Glad Group has developed an Innovate RAP, which sees us commit to practical and tangible actions that we can take within our business. Some of the actions relate to how we conduct our business, for example by buying products and services that we need to deliver our services from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, through to engaging our people and ensuring that our workspaces are culturally safe for everyone. Click here to read Glad Group’s RAP.

Our focus on Reconciliation forms an important part of Glad Group’s approach to human rights; we believe that everyone is entitled to be treated with respect and dignity. We want to give all our people the confidence, tools, and cultural understanding to enable them to connect and form meaningful, mutually respectful, and valuable relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, so that we can embrace their cultures and customs within our operations. This means leveraging our human values – trust, respect, integrity, and innovation – to really understand the values of the many different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that we will touch across our business operations, and spending time with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to build these meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships to ensure that the actions that Glad Group takes are going to be of real value.

If you have any questions on our RAP, please contact Nina Collinson, our National ESG Manager (Nina.Collinson@gladgroup.com.au).

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