In 2006, the NGO Reconciliation Australia launched the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program – a framework for organizations to support reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. Since then, more than 1,000 businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations across the country have formally committed to the RAP program and its goal of turning good intentions into positive actions that eliminate prejudice, build trust and develop greater pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
In 2018, Reconciliation Australia endorsed Newmont’s inaugural Innovate RAP, which provides Newmont with the key steps to establish its own unique approach to reconciliation within the Company’s sphere of influence.
While we have a rich history of positive engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities at our operations in Western Australia and the Tanami region in the Northern Territory, and at legacy and exploration sites across several states, our RAP formalizes our extensive commitments in a verified and accountable way. Through our RAP, we capture and communicate our existing work, and identify new actions to strengthen relationships, grow opportunities and enhance respect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Our publicly available RAP includes 15 commitments, and details the actions, deliverables, responsibilities and timeframe for addressing each commitment over the next two years.
These include improving and increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment outcomes and supplier diversity within our organization. Actions in 2018 to address this commitment include the development of an employment and retention strategy as well as a procurement strategy. Existing efforts and programs helped inform these strategies.
One such program is the Granites-Kurra 10-year plan. Newmont and the Central Land Council – which represents the Warlpiri people (Yapa) – collaborated on this long-range plan to collectively strengthen the Yapa’s governance, education and employment opportunities. The plan also details how Newmont and the Yapa will interact and work together to achieve the plan’s objectives. Since finalizing the plan in 2016, we have developed training and employment pathways and supported a new vocational training center in Yuendumu, the closest aboriginal community to our Tanami mine.
Other actions in 2018 in support of our RAP commitments included:
- Understanding the available career opportunities and pathways, and engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to share this information and identify further opportunities;
- Reviewing recruiting procedures and policies to ensure there are no barriers;
- Increasing awareness of job opportunities through advertisements and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media; and
- Increasing the number and value of commercial relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses for each site and office.
In 2019, we will engage relevant stakeholders and experts to review our strategies. Specific activities include updating our procurement processes to prioritize the procurement of goods and services from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, and increasing awareness throughout the organization of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses that can be used to procure goods and services.