BSI Australia releases its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan
BSI, the business improvement and standards company, will today release its inaugural Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to play its part in advancing reconciliation in Australia.
Endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, BSI’s 2021-2022 Reflect RAP recognizes and acknowledges Australia’s First Peoples and demonstrates the company’s journey to continue to build inclusive and sustainable relationships which are mutually beneficial.
The actions in BSI’s Reflect RAP are set out across the four pillars of Relationships, Respect, Opportunities and Governance, and it includes commitments to:
- Embed knowledge and respect when it comes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture
- Demonstrate respect by observing cultural protocols and celebrating key events such as National Reconciliation Week
- Establish and strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and organizations
- Improve employment outcomes and supplier diversity
- Develop the next RAP to continue the organization's reconciliation journey.
BSI’s RAP is championed by its Chief Operating Officer, and the RAP Working Group contains members of the Australian leadership team and other employees based across Australia.
Chris Meehan, BSI’s Chief Operating Officer for Australia and New Zealand, said: “Making a one year commitment to a RAP allows BSI to spend time scoping and developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, articulating our vision for reconciliation, and exploring our sphere of influence.
“The impact we hope to achieve includes elevating the understanding of our employees of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history. As well as improving employment opportunities, training, supplier diversity and community involvement.”
BSI has set clear timelines, targets, and goals to hold itself accountable for the achievement of the actions under its RAP. It will be actively working with employees and engaging them throughout the journey to ensure that the benefits of this RAP are felt throughout the whole organization and that all BSI staff are involved in bringing it to life.
Reconciliation Australia CEO, Karen Mundine, said: "This Reflect RAP enables BSI Group ANZ to deepen its understanding of its sphere of influence and the unique contribution it can make to lead progress across the five dimensions. Getting these first steps right will ensure the sustainability of future RAPs and reconciliation initiatives and provide meaningful impact toward Australia’s reconciliation journey.”