Reconciliation action plan
At GHD we’re proud to have maintained a strong connection to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities since our foundation more than 90 years ago.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) commitments are a core part of both the way we operate and how we deliver our clients’ projects. Our aim is for reconciliation to be fully embedded into our business to foster a culturally safe environment for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Our vision for reconciliation is an Australia where the cultures, histories and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are understood, recognised and respected. A nation where we all celebrate that this land and its First Peoples are the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.
We proudly presented our first Reflect RAP in early 2017 as a public commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our Reflect RAP focused on developing national strategies related to our business and how we could contribute to reconciliation in Australia.
In November 2018 we launched our second RAP – Innovate, to set the future direction of how GHD and all our people can continue to make a positive difference in a practical way. Since the beginning of our formal reconciliation journey we have continued to look across our business to understand the breadth of our influence and embed an implementation approach that is a blend of national and local. With this in mind, we launched a refreshed Innovate RAP in October 2021 which refreshes our vision and establishes more ambitious and specific actions needed to achieve this vision.
This RAP recognises there is further work for us to do, particularly around facilitating employment opportunities, and improving procurement practices and engagement with the communities impacted by our work.