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 are proud to be a part of the rich cultural heritage of Australia and are committed to making a difference by supporting the growth of Indigenous businesses. We work towards developing supplier diversity in four key areas:
- Supply Nation membership and proud sponsor of the annual Supply Nation Connect Gala Awards Dinner
- hosting procurement events for suppliers across the country
- increasing spend with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suppliers as part of a supplier diversity program
- growing the Indigenous retail range
In line with these focus areas, we sponsor a number of initiatives including an Indigenous business development program, and dedicated procurement workshops and training to enable Indigenous businesses to become more competitive and scale their businesses. In addition, we jointly developed and launched the BP Plus Indigenous fuel card in 2016, offering four cents off per litre to all Indigenous businesses registered with Supply Nation. This offer provides a range of benefits for registered businesses and provides a real commercial edge. We are proud of our two-year partnership with Melbourne Business School supporting the MURRA Indigenous Business Masterclass program over 2016 and 2017. Each year the MURRA program provides 20 to 30 Indigenous business leaders with an opportunity to participate in three intensive, four-day modules over a single year, focusing on developing leadership, strategy, business acumen and negotiation capabilities.
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. 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.
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.