We support Aboriginal communities through employment opportunities, our Reconciliation Action Plan, and the development and sale of Opal fuel.
Reconciliation Action Plan
Our vision is that the communities in which we operate will benefit from our presence through the sustainable employment opportunities created, the skills developed and the investment of our financial and people resources. We have a strong and proud history of involvement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues for over a decade. Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) formalises the work we have been doing in this area and continues our commitment to Indigenous programs, leading to mutual advantage for us and the communities in which we operate. Our RAP activities focus on four key areas:
- cultural awareness & diversity
- supplier diversity
- pathways to employment
- Opal fuel
How we are tracking
See how we are tracking towards our RAP commitments.
Cultural awareness & diversity
We support cultural awareness and diversity in our workplace. New employees are encouraged to take part in cultural awareness and diversity training. By the end of 2014 around 500 employees across Australia have completed this training. Our training partners are Corporate Culcha and John Briggs.
We have built on the success of our Indigenous Business Development Program and engaged new suppliers through our membership with Supply Nation. As a member of Supply Nation, we are committed to building our supplier diversity and are committed to assisting Indigenous enterprise.
Pathways to employment
We remain committed to building a workforce representative of the communities in which we operate. Our aim is to increase the percentage of our workforce identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander to 2.5 per cent. As a signatory to the Australian Employment Covenant, we've committed to 300 job opportunities over the next 10 years. We have also created a partnership with Career Trackers and have welcomed around 15 interns throughout the business over the first two years of the partnership. This number is expected to increase in the years ahead. Our ongoing partnership with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) provides scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to attend some of the best schools and universities in Australia. Our employees also provide mentoring and tutoring through the AIEF Pathways Program. Our partners are the Australian Employment Covenant, the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, Career Trackers and the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation.
Hear BP Australia staff talk about their rewarding experiences mentoring Indigenous students through the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.
In partnership with stakeholders, we developed Opal® fuel to help tackle petrol sniffing. Opal is an unleaded fuel which is free from the compounds that give a high. After consultation with 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Central Australia, Opal was introduced in 2005 into 37 remote communities in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. Since its inception Opal has reduced the incidence of petrol sniffing by up to 94 per cent in affected communities.