In the lead up to National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June), we take a look at how CIMIC Group companies are progressing with their Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP) and the actions we are taking as a Group to promote and improve First Nations participation where we conduct our business.
In Australia, CPB Contractors and UGL both have Stretch Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP) in place and Sedgman launched its Innovate RAP in 2022.
These formalise activities and commitments for building cultural awareness, education pathways, employment and business opportunities.
As a Group, we aim to increase the number of Indigenous employees to 4% by 2025.
In 2022, 1.5% of our employees identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
In 2022, our companies procured $125.9 million worth of goods and services from Indigenous businesses.
This is our highest ever spend with Indigenous businesses and represents an increase of 29.9% on the previous year.
More than 500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses are listed in the CPB Contractors’ Aboriginal Business & Social Enterprise database, making it simple to find, engage and employ those best suited to the opportunities available on CPB Contractors’ major construction projects.
These suppliers are also registered with CPB Contractors' prequalification system so there are no delays.
Supporting our initiatives are the long-term partnerships we have in place with:
- CareerTrackers – CareerTrackers supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students by linking them with employers for paid, multi-year internships.
- Clontarf Foundation – Founded in Western Australia in 2000, the Clontarf Foundation uses a unique, innovative and highly successful approach to target one of the most at risk groups in contemporary Australian society, young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.
- Supply Nation – Australia’s largest national directory of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, Indigenous Business Direct, are not only Indigenous owned but are also regularly audited for changes in company structure and ownership.
- Tupu Toa – Based in New Zealand, Tupu Toa runs an internship program for Māori and Pacific peoples.
Find out more about the actions CIMIC Group companies are taking to promote reconciliation.