Relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians are important to the firm’s core business activities and values. These relationships help the firm and its clients in accessing unique opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, conducting business with integrity and honesty and being culturally respectful.
By recognising and promoting Indigenous culture and heritage, both internally and externally, Lavan Legal aims to create an environment of mutual respect. Creating opportunities that benefit our business and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, organisations and communities is a critical part of realising Lavan Legal’s vision for strong, connected and economically active communities.
In reflecting on our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), the firm is proud of the new initiatives implemented since then. These initiatives have helped strengthen the relationships between Lavan Legal and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations and have also taught valuable lessons along the way.
Lavan Legal regards it as vitally important to continue to instil reconciliation values within the firm. The firm’s RAP Committee, in revising our RAP for 2012, has introduced new projects as well as building on existing partnerships and relationships.
Lavan Legal looks forward to continuing to achieve its vision for reconciliation.
During 2011, being the first year of Lavan Legal’s Reconciliation Action Plan, the firm achieved many positive outcomes in addressing its RAP goals. Highlights included delivering cultural awareness training to the staff, supporting Aboriginal causes, participating in NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation Week, establishing mutually rewarding relationships with organisations such as the Clontarf Foundation and fostering a culture of reconciliation within the firm.
A key commitment in the firm’s RAP is to build an internal organisational understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their culture and aspirations.
The RAP Committee has published protocols to provide clear guidelines for staff regarding Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners and Welcome to Country which all staff are encouraged to follow. Recognising traditional owners at our meetings, forums and seminars and inviting Aboriginal Elders to give a Welcome to Country ceremony at significant events are appropriate ways in which to show respect for Indigenous Australians.
In early 2010, Lavan Legal established a RAP Working Group (now known as the RAP Committee) to develop and implement initiatives to instil reconciliation values within Lavan Legal and develop stronger relationships between Lavan Legal and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations.
The firm’s inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan is designed to make meaningful contributions towards bridging the gap.