Timber company builds on reconciliation

Timber company builds on reconciliation

Timberlink has announced the launch of its Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which is a significant milestone for Timberlink as it embarks on a journey to enhance its awareness and appreciation of the First Nation Peoples of Australia.

Endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, Timberlink’s 2024-2025 Reflect RAP is focused on equipping the organisation to actively participate in meaningful reconciliation efforts.

It is designed to further support positive relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples while establishing the areas where Timberlink can make the most impactful contributions to further Reconciliation.

The RAP provides a structured approach, outlining clear actions aimed at establishing and strengthening mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and organisations.

It aims to increase understanding, value and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Cultures, histories, knowledge, and rights through cultural learning.

The plan identifies improving employment outcomes by increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ recruitment, retention and professional development, and seeks to establish and maintain an effective RAP Working Group (RWG) to drive the execution and governance of the RAP.

Timberlink chief executive Paul O’Keefe said the Chief People Officer sponsors the RAP program, with oversight by the executive officer, with the sponsorship instrumental in facilitating the achievement of the RAP deliverables and overarching program objectives.

“Our decision to embark on this journey was borne from our desire to connect more fundamentally with the communities within the regions in which we operate and to strengthen our commitment to develop and nurture an inclusive and diverse working environment,” he said.

“Over the next 18 months, we are committed to progressing the key areas of Reconciliation through fostering relationships with our First Nations Communities, and to reflect respectfully First Nations cultural protocols within Timberlink.”

Karen Mundine, CEO of Reconciliation Australia chief executive Karen Mundine endorsed the plan.

“This Reflect RAP enables Timberlink to deepen its understanding of its sphere of influence and the unique contribution it can make to lead progress across the five dimensions,” she said.

“Getting these first steps right will ensure the sustainability of future RAPs and reconciliation initiatives and provide a meaningful impact toward Australia’s reconciliation journey.”

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