Fujitsu launches Innovate, phase two of its Reconciliation Action Plan for Australia
- Fujitsu Australia Limited has published its second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Innovate RAP.
- The Innovate RAP will include detailed actions that are endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.
- Innovate RAP outlines Fujitsu’s aim to create sustainable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- The program provides a framework for Fujitsu to support the national reconciliation movement both internally and in the community.
- Fujitsu has identified approximately A$1M to be spent with Indigenous-owned businesses in the current financial year.
The RAP is endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and increases Fujitsu’s commitment to creating opportunities for First Nations people. It includes an increased level of commitment around incorporating Indigenous-owned businesses in Fujitsu’s supply chains, creating opportunities for First Nations Australians within the business, and increasing cultural awareness and education for Fujitsu staff.
Mike Foster, Chief Executive Officer of Fujitsu Australia, said, “As part of Fujitsu’s commitment to being a responsible business, the RAP has already proven very meaningful to our people and to our suppliers and customers. With the launch of the Innovate RAP, we’re increasing our ambition, and looking forward to making this journey with our customers, many of whom are also part of the community of more than 800 organisations with a Reconciliation Action Plan.
“The RAP is our commitment to help ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples share in an equitable, just, prosperous, and rewarding future. Our first Reflect RAP, launched in 2018, was focused on taking stock and creating an initial approach. We’ve learnt a lot from that and received a lot of positive feedback which we’ve incorporated into the Innovate RAP, where we will put reconciliation plan into action.”
Mike Foster continued:
“Our spending with Indigenous-owned businesses continues to grow and we have identified approximately AU$1M to be spent with Indigenous-owned businesses over this financial year and we expect that amount to continue to increase into the future. This is a direct result of the RAP and the relationships we’ve developed as part of it, including with the Indigenous Defence & Infrastructure Consortium (IDiC)”.
Adam Goodes, CEO of IDiC and former Australian of the Year, said “Fujitsu has risen to the challenge of using their influence to help grow Indigenous capacity in the Australian ICT sector. We’ve been proud to work with Fujitsu to identify businesses that will deliver commercial and social value not only in their direct supply chain, but also in subcontracting work to Fujitsu’s customers, including the Department of Defence. This will help build skills and employment opportunities for First Nations people in the digital economy of the future”.
Fujitsu first launched a Reflect RAP in February 2018. The Innovate RAP has been developed in consultation with First Nations community groups, Reconciliation Australia, Fujitsu’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, and customers.
The Innovate RAP will be formally launched at a special event in Canberra in November. The full RAP report is published on the Fujitsu Australia website: www.fujitsu.com/au/about/local/rap/Online resources
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Date: 25 October, 2019