Sparke Helmore has launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), joining a network of more than 1,100 corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations that have made a formal commitment to reconciliation through Reconciliation Australia’s RAP program.
Sparke Helmore has a longstanding history of supporting First Nations communities through our pro-bono activities and the Reconciliation Australia endorsed Reflect RAP reflects our desire to do more to advance reconciliation in Australia.
As a firm that has an established presence across Australia, we understand that we have a role in supporting a fair and equal opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. While we have been actively involved in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and initiatives for a number of years, the development of our first RAP is an important step in formalising and setting a clear pathway for our ongoing contribution to progressing reconciliation across our organisation and wider Australian community.
The engagement, voice and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on our reconciliation journey is vital, and we are committed to building connection, opportunities and seeing progress across the legal industry.
We acknowledge that a meaningful and impactful reconciliation journey takes time and that we are at the start of that journey. Creating this RAP has helped us understand where we need to dedicate time and resources and also build our knowledge with the support, guidance and leadership of First Nations communities, organisations and stakeholders.
Andrew White, Sparke Helmore National Managing Partner, said, “Reconciliation and the celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is very close to my heart and I am committed to supporting our firm’s progress through the delivery of our RAP.”