A key deliverable for a Reflect RAP is to Develop a business case for increasing understanding, value and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, knowledge and rights within our organisation. This deliverable is then implemented in an Innovate RAP.
But what does it mean?
A business case provides our reason, or justification, for undertaking a project. It is part of the scaffolding for how we go about achieving our RAP vision. It helps to understand not only why we are implementing our RAP – but how it is good for our business or organisation.
To understand this, we need to talk about social impact. Social impact is the affect our business has on the wider community:
What kinds of businesses do we support in our supply chain?
What kinds of employment opportunities do we offer?
Are those opportunities equitable for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
When we contribute to a thriving, economically strong local community, everyone benefits.
When we implement our RAP, we make conscious, deliberate, structural changes in our business operations around that social impact: we build respect, remove barriers, and create equity and opportunities. Essentially, we make changes within our sphere of influence which have a flow-on impact into the community.
Now let’s zoom out for a moment. At this moment more than 1,100 businesses across Australia have a RAP. Each of those businesses, when they implement those structural changes, are creating a major shift across Australia that removes systemic barriers, builds respect, and forges positive relationships. Implementing our RAP, making those changes within our sphere of influence, makes us a part of a larger movement towards building not just reconciliation between two cultures, but a shared future where we thrive together.
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