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Consulting Matters Corporate social responsibility

GHD driving change through Reconciliation

As a part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, GHD has committed to a journey of Reconciliation with the development of it’s space Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). GHD’s RAP seeks to build new and strengthen existing relationships, by meeting its clients’ expectations and respecting the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Australia. Having developed the plan in collaboration with an independent external group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the RAP is a practical, action focused plan with specific deliverables to guide the company’s contribution to Reconciliation in Australia. Since the launch of the RAP in June 2017 during National Reconciliation Week, GHD leaders have undertaken cultural awareness training to better understand Australia’s First Peoples. GHD is committed to creating real employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and which has included working with the Indigenous Internship program CareerTrackers to provide the opportunity to gain work experience during university. GHD has also established a partnership with the GO Foundation to provide scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students. Raising awareness of Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) by

GHD is committed to creating real employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and which has included working with the Indigenous Internship program CareerTrackers to provide the opportunity to gain work experience during university. working with organisations like CSIRO aims to increase the talent pipeline for the future. Internal initiatives within the company include the installation of 40 plaques which recognise and acknowledge the traditional owners of land on which each of GHD’s Australian offices sits. Additionally, Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome to Country are being used throughout the company during its events. GHD’s commitment to creating lasting community benefit has also seen them take part in several projects with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Some of these projects include cultural heritage management plans, remediation of a former mission settlement, socio-economic impact assessments on traditional lands and assisting in the development of the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School. Elle Davidson GHD

2018 March Consulting Matters  

Consult Australia's official quarterly publication focuses on the issues which are prevalent in the consulting industry through articles and...

2018 March Consulting Matters  

Consult Australia's official quarterly publication focuses on the issues which are prevalent in the consulting industry through articles and...

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