Melbourne, Australia — Global engineering and consulting firm Golder launched today its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in Australia.
The RAP, recently endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, broadens the firm’s commitment to working in ways that are welcoming and culturally aware to ensure all Indigenous Peoples feel acknowledged and respected while doing business with Golder and its clients.
“I’m very proud to be launching our Reconciliation Action Plan,” said Matthew Wallace, Golder’s Health, Safety, Security and Environment Leader in Asia-Pacific. “Our RAP brings to life our commitment to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within our business operations, further articulating our corporate values and reinforcing our approach to diversity and inclusion.”
As a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, Golder recognises the opportunity to further involve Traditional Owners in business ventures as owners, suppliers, contractors and employees to contribute to the long-term success of projects and help embed business in the local communities.
“Golder is committed to developing stronger connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations in Australia, as well as to supporting employment opportunities,” explained Matthew. “Our RAP formalises this commitment and provides a framework to help us implement it across our operations.”
A RAP Working Group has been formed to support the implementation of the plan. Among the many actions set in the plan, cultural awareness training will be offered across all Golder offices in Australia to help build a better understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. The firm’s project managers will also be encouraged to work more closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and businesses when delivering projects.
Golder was recently named Best Professional Services Firm and Best Consulting Engineering Firm (revenue over A$200m) at the prestigious Financial Review Client Choice Awards 2019. The firm employs over 750 professionals across seven offices in Australia, delivering consulting, design, and construction services in its specialist areas of earth, environment, and energy.
A copy of the RAP is available at golder.com