PwC and PIC launch first Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan

19 March

PwC Australia and PwC's Indigenous Consulting (PIC) have today launched their first joint Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for 2019-2023 and confirmed support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

PwC and PIC’s new RAP includes targets to increase contestable spend with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suppliers, a commitment to run a pilot program with our clients and industry leaders to support the fast-tracked growth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, with plans to scale at least 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses across Australia if successful, and a commitment to employ 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into the firm over the next four years.

PwC first launched a RAP in 2010 to support Indigenous business and boost employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and has this year achieved Elevate endorsement from Reconciliation Australia, recognising the firm’s proven track record of embedding RAP initiatives and taking a leadership position to advance Indigenous business.

PwC Australia CEO Luke Sayers said “We are committed to bringing our skills, expertise and amazing people to the challenge of making positive progress towards reconciliation.

“At PwC our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. In Australia, reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is fundamental to achieving this and is core to Australia’s shared national identity. Business has a crucial role in the reconciliation process and we’re proud to be among those businesses who are taking action.

"At PwC and PIC we also believe it is paramount that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities have a constitutionally enshrined voice to empower their communities to self determine their futures.

“We support the Uluru Statement from the Heart, including a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations peoples. We would like to thank the First Nations Peoples of Australia for the invitation to participate in this important movement which is working towards a better future for all Australians,” Mr Sayers said.

Reconciliation Australia CEO Karen Mundine said PwC has a strong track record on the core values of the RAP program - relationships, respect and opportunities.

“The RAP program inspires social change in workplaces across Australia, generating economic and behavioural transformation with far-reaching, positive impacts. By raising the bar of its RAP ambitions, PwC and PIC continue to lead national reconciliation action in the professional services sector,” Ms Mundine said.

PwC first implemented a Reconciliation Action Plan in 2013, which included the firm’s vision to support self-determination and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led businesses. This led to the creation of PwC's Indigenous Consulting (PIC) - a separate member firm in the PwC global network which maintains an Indigenous majority owned, managed, and 60 percent staffed operation. PIC is an award-winning Indigenous-led firm and its establishment was a first in the professional services sector.

PIC Co-CEO Djap Wurrung-Gunditjmara woman, Jodie Sizer said the move to launch a joint RAP was a “very deliberate decision”.

“Our shared journey to deliver this joint RAP is the result of much thinking and hard work. It is, in a way, a manifestation of reconciliation itself, in that it celebrates and values the genuine contributions of both PIC and PwC Australia in improving the lives of our peoples.

“We’re particularly excited about the pilot program, which will ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses are supported with mentoring, coaching and networking opportunities that position them well to take advantage of the best market opportunities, Ms Sizer said.

Last year, PIC was highly commended and named “Organisation to Watch” in the Shared Values Awards. PIC was also the first Indigenous business to win an award in the 50 year history of the Australian Good Design Awards.

Reflecting on the ambitious new RAP, PIC Co-CEO, Wiradjuri man, Gavin Brown said "Our Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan demonstrates that we are continuing to challenge ourselves to do better, and upholding our responsibility to our communities. This for us is paramount, and is why PIC exists.

“This RAP is part of our contribution to reconciliation. It is by no means our only contribution. PIC and PwC have touched over 600 communities in the past 5 years, on over 500 projects. Along with specific commitments made in our RAP, many of us make this our life’s work,” Mr Brown said.

Mr Sayers added “We are exceptionally proud of the success of PwC’s Indigenous Consulting (PIC) business and the extraordinary impact that PwC and PIC, working together, have been able to have on some of the most challenging and critical issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This work has produced the confidence needed to challenge ourselves to deliver our most ambitious RAP in 2019.”

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