This National Reconciliation Week, BAE Systems Australia has announced it is taking the next steps in its Indigenous engagement, through a new Strategic Relationship Agreement with the Indigenous Defence Consortium (IDC), and an enhancement to the company’s partnership with the Diversity Council Australia (DCA) with support for its Inaugural D&I Oration.
“This Strategic Relationship Agreement with the IDC further opens our door to Indigenous suppliers and provides genuine opportunities to become part of our national supply chain,” said BAE Systems chief executive Glynn Phillips.
“As a defence industry leader, we need to lead the way in engaging with Indigenous suppliers and helping to achieve meaningful and sustainable outcomes with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.”
“IDC and BAE Systems will work together to flush out more opportunities for Indigenous businesses, to help build capabilities and showcase the ability of the Indigenous business sector,” said Adam Goodes, chief executive of the IDC.
DCA’s Diversity & Inclusion Oration will be an annual event designed to focus attention on the benefits of diversity and inclusion for business.
“We are partnering with Diversity Council Australia on the inaugural Oration to lead a conversation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives at work and explore how Australian business and industry can improve what we are doing and strive towards best practice in diversity and inclusion,” added Phillips.
The Inaugural D&I Oration in Melbourne during July 2017 will be delivered by Stan Grant, award-winning Australian journalist, Indigenous Affairs Editor for the ABC and special advisor to the Prime Minister on Indigenous constitutional recognition. His oration will share insights on engagement between business and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to harness talent and potential, and embrace success and achievement.