In 2016 Scentre Group took an important step forward in our journey to create a workplace reflective of the communities in which we operate with the launch of Scentre Group’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2016-2018.
Our first RAP 2016-2018 helped us to build the right foundations to fulfil our vision to educate our communities, demonstrate respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and embed positive and sustainable cultural change.
As a part of NAIDOC Week celebrations in 2019, we launched our second Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2021. Find the full report here
Our vision for reconciliation remains aligned to our purpose and values as an organisation as well as our approach to being a responsible, sustainable business. For the next chapter of our reconciliation story, we have outlined our plans to go beyond education and seek to engage and connect with our customers and communities in fulfilling our vision.
Many of our 36 Australian Westfield living centres are located within geographical areas of cultural significance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We see it as our responsibility to ensure that we not only understand and embrace the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and rights, but keep striving to increase appreciation, respect and understanding amongst the broader community.
Through our active and future development program, as well as the reach of our day-to-day commercial activities owning and operating our living centres, we are a large procurer of goods and services. As a corporate member of Supply Nation, we have an opportunity to increase internal awareness of their platform and support more Indigenous businesses across a range of categories.
In this RAP, we have set out our updated commitments, targets and the program of initiatives we’ll undertake over the next two years, with the endorsement of Reconciliation Australia. Some of the key areas of focus include engaging further with our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities surrounding our centres and embedding our employment and supplier diversity initiatives.
Our CEO, Peter Allen says, “I encourage everyone to take time to truly connect with this plan; as Scentre Group employees, suppliers and partners, and as members of our diverse Australian communities. The success of our efforts will be determined by the extent to which our business operations, the accessibility of our services and our own mindset and attitudes contribute to continued progress for reconciliation nationally. I look forward to continuing our reconciliation journey together.”