Hastings Deering Release RAP during National Reconciliation Week
As National Reconciliation Week 2020 (NRW) is observed across the country, Hastings Deering is celebrating the stamp of approval from Reconciliation Australia on its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Chris Symons, Culture Lead at Hastings Deering said embarking on the Reconciliation journey was an important milestone for our organisation.
“We’re incredibly proud to launch our first RAP during NRW this year,” said Mr Symons.
“This has been a 12-month project for the culture team and RAP working group and underpins our strong commitment to building an inclusive workforce and community.”
The RAP outlines Hastings Deering’s initial strategy to demonstrate ways our organisation will contribute to the national goal of reconciliation.
Karen Mundine, Chief Executive Officer Reconciliation Australia, said that RAPS provide organisations with a blueprint to contribute toward the five dimensions of reconciliation: race relations; equality and equity, institutional integrity; unity; and historical acceptance.
“It is critical to not only uphold all five dimensions of reconciliation, but to increase awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, knowledge and leadership within and across all sectors of Australian society,” said Ms Mundine.
“By committing to this Reflect RAP, Hastings Deering will establish structures to guide reconciliation initiatives and commence a lifelong cultural learning journey amongst all employees.”
NRW is celebrated from 27th May – 3rd June each year. These dates commemorate two milestones in the reconciliation journey: the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared history and the cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to explore meaningful ways we can all work together to achieve reconciliation in Australia.
The 2020 theme for NRW is “in this together” which is now resonating in ways that could not have been foreseen when it was announced last year, but is a great reminder whether in a crisis or in reconciliation that we are all in this together.
To learn more about Hastings Deering’s first RAP, and to download a copy, visit https://www.hastingsdeering.com.au/our-business/our-commitment/reconciliation
About National Reconciliation Week. 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. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Australia’s colonial history is characterised by devastating land dispossession, violence, and racism. Over the last half-century, however, many significant steps towards reconciliation have been taken. Reconciliation is an ongoing journey that reminds us that while generations of Australians have fought hard for meaningful change, future gains are likely to take just as much, if not more, effort.
About Hastings Deering (Australia) Ltd. Headquartered in Brisbane, Hastings Deering is the market leader in construction and mining equipment, having exclusive distribution rights for the sale and rental of Caterpillar heavy equipment, parts and service support in Queensland, the Northern Territory, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and Solomon Islands. Employing approximately 3,000 people, Hastings Deering operates through a network of 23 business centres.