Reconciliation Action Plan
Sparke Helmore has a longstanding history of supporting First Nations communities through our pro-bono activities and the Reconciliation Australia endorsed Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (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.
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.
Our Reflect RAP enables us to deepen our understanding of our sphere of influence and the unique contribution we can make to lead progress across the five dimensions of reconciliation: race relations; equality and equity; institutional integrity; unity; and historical acceptance. We will do this through four action-oriented pillars—Relationships, Respect, Opportunities and Governance.
Building strong and meaningful relationships with First Nations communities and organisations is paramount to the success of our RAP. Through this pillar, we will focus on enhancing our network of connection to enable us to deliver on our commitments.
Connection to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and the future is important to many of our people and clients. Through this pillar, we will commit to celebration and building understanding through education.
Our legal and business expertise enables us to create opportunities for advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within our communities. Through this pillar, we will explore areas such as recruitment, pro bono activities and procurement.
This pillar will play an important role of keeping us accountable against our progress and also acknowledge and celebrate key milestones on our journey.