Our Reconciliation Action Plan reflects the commitment of our people to help create an environment where greater economic participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can become a reality. We’re passionate about closing the gap for Indigenous Australians and were proud to join with our peers in the legal profession to support the Uluru Statement From the Heart.
Progressing Reconciliation and Cultural Inclusion at MinterEllison
We launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2018 and have now delivered on all of the objectives set out in the Plan, ahead of schedule.
Throughout FY19, we:
- Built significant relationships with indigenous communities in rural, remote and urban locations with the aim of partnering to increase economic participation
- Developed employment pathways for Indigenous tertiary students which resulted in an increase in indigenous employment at the Firm
- Recognised Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week with events across all offices with 600 people in attendance
- Delivered Cultural Awareness Training workshops in our offices across Australia
Through the Firm's Pro Bono and Community Investment Program we delivered more than 1000 hours of pro bono support to Indigenous organisations, and have procured approximately $400k worth of Indigenous goods and services, consistent with our RAP objectives. Work is underway to develop our next Reconciliation Action Plan which will be launched in 2020.
MinterEllison has committed to the Legal Profession Cultural Diversity Principles and we're measuring the impact of initiatives to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we work. We celebrated dates of significance for our culturally diverse workforce and developed our 2019 MinterEllison Engagement Survey to obtain baseline data about the diversity of our people and their experience at MinterEllison.