1 minute read 29 Sep. 2021
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Reconciliation

EY’s purpose is building a better working world and our ambition is to create long-term value for EY clients, people and society. In Australia, this must include meaningful action toward reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and as a leading business organisation we want to be at the forefront of reconciliation efforts.

While we have made good progress on our reconciliation journey so far, we know we have more to do and we continue to listen and learn. Our second Stretch RAP, released in September 2021, details our reconciliation ambitions for 2021 to 2024.

We envision an Australia where relationships between all Australians are based on trust and respect; where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures are valued and celebrated; where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs and businesses flourish; and, where the priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are given sufficient attention and resources.

We will contribute to our vision by working to embed reconciliation across EY, increasing our organisation’s cultural capability and leveraging our scale, influence, and expertise to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in developing business and employment opportunities.

We also commit to leading those in our network towards meaningful reconciliation by advocating for a level playing field socially and economically. This includes advancing the priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Throughout this work, we will work collaboratively with and amplify the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our business and beyond.

Download a full copy of the EY Australia Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan 2021 – 2024 here.

About the artwork:

Vast stretch of Country, Phillip Harris (2021), digital illustration

“The artwork shows the blistering desert of Australia greeting the flourishing sea; both potentially devastating, yet vital to Country. To survive and thrive in these environments, one must have the resilience and the desire to adapt – like the Crocodile. Growing up hunting and fishing in the swamps, creeks and billabongs of Larrakia, I learnt very quickly to appreciate and respect the Crocodile. To me, their ability to adapt to the changing world is a reflection and reminder of EY’s commitment and journey to creating not only a Better Working World, but a better world for all – including our very own First Nations people” – Phillip Harris, Eastern Arrernte, Wiradjuri, Wangaapuwan and Yawuru man, September 2021.

EY Australia RAP National Working Group

Terence Jeyaretnam
EY Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Leader
EY Australia Partner, CCaSS

Deanella Mack

Indigenous Cultural Capability Leader

Rebecca Meyer

Campus & Indigenous Recruitment Manager

Anne Hanning

Manager, Consulting

Megan Ball

Corporate Responsibility Senior Manager

Amy Crookes

Inclusive & Sustainability Procurement Manager

Dan Simpson

Assistant Director, Learning & Development

Emma Poole

Senior Consultant, Climate Change & Sustainability Services

Megan Shellie

Manager, Strategy and Transactions

Edwina Kaupa

Senior Associate, EY Law

Myles Keyt

Manager, Tax

Lilli Goddard

Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability Services

EY is committed to continuing to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander supplier diversity, spending a minimum of 2.5% or $250,000 in FY19, as well as to increase employment to 1% of Australian staff by July 2020.

Summary

The Reconciliation Action Plan focuses on developing key elements of education and entrepreneurship by partnering and   advocating for the social and economic advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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