In April 2007, ANZ was the first major Australian company to launch a Reconciliation Action Plan (now known as our Indigenous Action Plan). Our current Indigenous Action Plan (2011-2014) builds on our past four years achievements under our previous Action Plans. It outlines our specific commitments in the following areas:
- Indigenous Employment – To employ, develop and promote Indigenous people so that ANZ is representative of the communities in which we live, work and operate.
- Cultural Recognition & Capability – To improve our understanding of Indigenous culture so we can better meet the needs of our customers and staff
- Financial Capability & Inclusion – To continue to expand our commitment to improve financial capability and inclusion, and work with Indigenous partners and Government to develop and implement effective programs.
- Capacity Building – To build our own capacity to serve Indigenous customers as well as help Indigenous organisations improve their capacity, governance and business skills.
These IAP commitments also reflect our approach to human rights and align with ANZ's Corporate Responsibility Framework - specifically in the priority areas of Individual Prosperity, Thriving Communities and Responsible Practices. By delivering on these commitments, our aim is to contribute to increased financial and social well-being for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We have had specific traineeship programs for Indigenous students since 2003 and in that time have taken on more than 800 Indigenous school based and full time trainees, as well as employing over 300 Indigenous people in permanent roles in ANZ. Watch Sinoma’s story below to gain an understanding of how one former Indigenous school based trainee has forged her career with ANZ.
We have recently launched our new Reconciliation Network in ANZ, which brings together Indigenous and Non-Indigenous staff to foster a greater understanding of Indigenous culture and history, as well as celebrating Indigenous events such as Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC.