As part of our commitment to reconciliation and fostering a culture of respect and inclusion, we have organised a sacred sites tour of the area with the traditional landowners. Indigenous leaders and experts will share their stories, insights, and perspectives on reconciliation to celebrate National Reconciliation Week, which runs from 27 May to 3 June. National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. This year’s theme is “Now More Than Ever” — a reminder to all of us that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will — and must — continue.

As an organisation, we want to demonstrate our commitment to reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community. We strongly believe that we will be better placed to continue this journey following the cultural awareness programs improving cultural competence and confidence across our teams in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. McCormack recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are our First Nations people and that they and their culture have had a long and proud part in Australia’s history. Our shared history has elements that need to be better understood as to the impact that it has had on our First Nations people. We want to ensure that our organisation creates a better cultural understanding by outlining actions that will further enhance our journey towards reconciliation.

Throughout our continuous development of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), we have found that there are existing programs and initiatives that contribute to driving reconciliation action across our business. We believe these initiatives help to make a direct impact as we work to create a stronger, more inclusive workplace. For instance, our Birthday Gifting Program is one way we build a culture of appreciation and mutual respect. In 2022, we engaged Aggie Gifts as a supplier for this program. Aggie Gifts are registered with Social Traders and aim to help Australian farmers and Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander suppliers in the bushfood industry. Through this work, farmers recorded up to a fivefold increase in income compared to the national average. Aggie Gifts also trains Indigenous community members in entrepreneurship, enabling them to use traditional knowledge to create unique bushfood products. Approximately 70% of the funds raised with Aggie Gifts are reinvested into Indigenous communities and suppliers. All packaging is environmentally friendly, aligning with our sustainability goals.

As we embark on this significant chapter of our reconciliation journey, McCormack  remains steadfast in our commitment to creating a workplace culture that values respect, inclusion, and understanding. By engaging in meaningful activities such as the sacred sites tour and supporting initiatives like Aggie Gifts, we are taking actionable steps toward a reconciled Australia where every individual’s contribution is acknowledged and celebrated. To view our Reconciliation Action Plan click here.