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Reconciliation in action

Published on
24 May 2022
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Reconciliation in action

Escient Principal Consultant, David Pink, discusses why Escient is investing in a Reconciliation Action Plan and why it is important to acknowledge this during Reconciliation Week. 

Escient is a company with a strong social purpose and desire to support organisations, causes and initiatives in meaningful ways.  CEO Sleepout and BlackDog are just two which Escient support, and we are proud to say we are embarking on a new and incredibly important journey – that being the development of our (Reflect) Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).  

Since 2006, RAPs have enabled organisations to sustainably and strategically take meaningful action to advance reconciliation.  Based around the core pillars of relationships, respect and opportunities, RAPs provide tangible and substantive benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, increasing economic equity and supporting First Nations self-determination.  

Escient regularly through our national and regional company forums, and from our CEO, Steve Mabbs down to our graduates, do what we can to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Up to now, we do this through Welcome to Country acknowledgements, playing short videos on culturally significant places and people in our respective state regions, and sharing stories of places we’ve been or people we’ve met throughout Australia. 

However, we want to build on this and mature through our RAP by formulating a plan of sincere and tangible actions we can take out into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities which we hope will provide positive changes.  

But the development of a RAP is also a journey of educating ourselves as individuals and collectively as an organisation of the amazingly diverse and rich culture, significant contributions, and unfortunately tragic history of Australia’s First Peoples.   

While we are only at the beginning of our journey having establishment of our RAP Working Group and partnering with our amazing external consultant Maria Watson-Trudgett from the Wiradjuri people of New South, we are tremendously excited to formalise our commitment to reconciliation through the development of our Reconciliation Action Plan. 

Reconciliation Week is 27th May – 3rd June, with the theme, “Be Brave.  Make Change”; as Escientists we plan to make change. What change can you make? 

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