2020 has been an extraordinary year for Export Finance Australia.
One of our proudest achievements was the launch of our first Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and successfully delivering on our first actions.
Export Finance Australia aspires to advance reconciliation in the communities we operate in. We are committed to making a significant difference by supporting new and existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, committed to a more diverse and inclusive workforce and establishing good working relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.
Our vision for reconciliation is for Australia’s First Peoples to be valued, accepted and to experience equality in our society.
Our RAP is made up of 4 key focus areas:
We’ve had significant progress in the Relationships area and are excited to continue investing in new and existing partnerships. The development of our Engagement Plan to partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders was key in this regard. As has been the refinement of our internal policies to ensure there are no barriers as we dive into our reconciliation work.
Despite the challenges faced in 2020, we continued to actively build on our existing connections with external stakeholders and affiliate agencies. We’ve also discussed actions on encouraging Indigenous voices within our portfolio. The celebration of National Reconciliation Week was another opportunity for us to immerse ourselves into the community and make meaningful connections.
Our biggest strides in the first 6 months of our Innovate RAP have been in the Respect area. In launching our RAP, we created a powerful visual connection between Export Finance Australia and our reconciliation commitment. Our commissioned artwork ‘Bookootjwoorar Moort’ by Bradley Kickett has become a centrepiece in our Sydney office and is featured in our print and digital assets.
We’ve embedded Cultural Protocols into our everyday life by providing appropriate guidance and support to our employees. We celebrated NAIDOC Week through a series of internal and external events. This enabled us to show our respect to the cultures and histories of Australia’s First Peoples.
Finally, we developed a Cultural Capability Strategy to increase our understanding. It has also helped us identify our ongoing cultural learning needs. We were subsequently able to deliver structured cultural competence training for key roles across our business.