Reconciliation and closing the social, economic and health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians is an important issue for the Australian business community and Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia.
We are pleased to share our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Download our Reconciliation Action Plan (PDF 1.84MB)
Our RAP sets out actions that will help us increase business and employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It also details our commitment to building cultural awareness amongst staff, and provides opportunities for our people to be involved in meaningful and long lasting reconciliation initiatives.
Our first RAP was created in consultation with Reconciliation Australia and Norman Laing and Kellyanne Stanford of Waratah Partners. Waratah Partners is an Aboriginal owned and operated consulting company that is independent from government, industry and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based organisations and advocacy bodies.
The development of the RAP has been guided by our RAP working group led by the Australian Chairman and partner Adrian Ahern. It also includes self-selected representatives from a range of levels, locations and practice groups.
We are proud to be working with a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations such as Career Trackers, Jawun, Waratah Partners, Deadly Design and Aboriginal Steel Art. We are committed to building similar, meaningful relationships with further Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and organisations.
We commissioned contemporary art supplier Aboriginal Steel Art from Kuranda in North Queensland to design an acknowledgement sculpture representing the traditional custodians of the land on which our five Australian offices are located.
The acknowledgement sculpture, which is featured on the front page of our RAP and proudly displayed in each of our office reception areas, is titled “Food, Land and Water” and incorporates five distinct cultural components to represent the various Aboriginal peoples.