This week is National Reconciliation Week and the theme this year is Be a Voice for Generations. It is a call to all Australians to support reconciliation and work towards a more just and equitable society in Australia.
There is so much that needs to be done and on 15 May 2023, in the spirit of reconciliation, we at Worklogic registered our commitment with Reconciliation Australia to take the first steps towards developing a ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) as part of our continuing goal of being socially responsible corporate citizens.
As an Australian organisation we believe it is important we acknowledge the historical injustices against First Nations Australians and play our part as individuals and as a business by promoting fairer, more diverse, inclusive, and culturally safe workplaces, where First Nations people and organisations have equal access to rights and opportunities.
By committing to a Reflect RAP, we begin by embarking on a process of deep listening, introspection, and self-evaluation. It will provide us an opportunity to review our existing policies and relationships and identify areas of improvement but also potential initiatives that align with reconciliation objectives. We have already started making some of those minor changes by engaging with First Nation suppliers for all our stationery and marketing material needs.
We know it’s not going to be easy and as soon as we began the process of reflection, we realised that the process is likely to be complicated and maybe at times confronting but is also so very necessary. There is an immense amount of work for us to do as we all begin to learn more about Indigenous cultures and their histories, challenge our biases, and develop a deeper level of cultural empathy and sensitivity. I think all Worklogicians are aware of the significant challenges facing First Nations Australians but there is still much to learn and face up to while we work towards meaningful change.
Over the coming months and as we continue to reflect, Worklogic will be embarking on a journey which will see our organisation:
- Begin to build strong connections and relationships with our local Indigenous Communities;
- Develop a deeper cultural competence and understanding of Indigenous cultures, history, and traditions;
- Participate in events and celebrations that recognise and honour Indigenous achievements starting this week with Reconciliation Week;
- Continue to identify ways we can contribute to the growth and sustainability of Indigenous businesses; and
- Continue to learn what Worklogic’s sphere of influence is and identify ways we can effect positive change.
We are not ignorant to the fact that there is a lot of work to be done; however, Worklogic has always been committed to corporate and social responsibility, ethical behaviour, and contributing to better and safer workplaces. At a personal level, it simply makes sense that Worklogic, as an Australian organisation, work towards the goal of reconciliation.
Worklogic acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.
Worklogic is a values-based consultancy with offices in Melbourne (Naarm), Sydney (Warrang), and Perth (Boorloo). Recognition of First Nations Australians and the promotion of diverse, inclusive, culturally aware and safe workplaces and communities is at the very core of the work we do and aligns with our values and with the objectives of the Reconciliation process