The next step of our reconciliation journey
Mirvac launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2017, with a goal to build stronger relationships with First Nations peoples, learn about and understand their unique cultures and connection to Country, and create greater economic opportunities (such as employment through social procurement).
Since closing out our first RAP in 2019, we have engaged deeply across the business, with external stakeholders and with Reconciliation Australia, with a strong focus on making the second iteration of our RAP more meaningful. Our second Innovate RAP has been developed with five guiding principles that we hope will stimulate new and important conversations, connect cultures, and accelerate wider change in Australia. Our driving principles are: understanding, talent and employment, economic partnership, respectful development and spaces for connection. Our aim is to deeply embed these principles within our organisation and the way we work.
We also recognise that much healing and progress must occur in Australia before the aspirations set out in our RAP are realised, and that we are only at the beginning of understanding our opportunities and limitations in contributing to their achievement.
What we’ve achieved since launching our first RAP:
- spent $11.5m on goods and services from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses since FY18.
- created collaborative working relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, such as our partnership with Jiwah at South Eveleigh, Sydney. Jiwah is responsible for the curation and management of the site’s cultural landscape garden and Australia’s first Indigenous rooftop garden atop the Community Building.
- built strong procurement partnerships with large suppliers such as Unreal Steel and helped build internal awareness about some of our smaller suppliers.
- raised awareness of the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through events during NAIDOC and National Reconciliation weeks and through widespread cultural awareness training with our employees.
Mirvac acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and we offer our respect to their Elders past and present.
Artwork: ‘Reimagining Country’, created by Riki Salam (Mualgal, Kaurareg, Kuku Yalanji) of We are 27 Creative.