INPEX Australia launches Reconciliation Action Plan
INPEX Australia launched its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in Darwin on Wednesday 19 June 2013 at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
The event celebrated INPEX’s public commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and featured live performances by Kenbi Sounds and a speech by INPEX Director Corporate Coordination Hitoshi Okawa.
Speaking from Perth, INPEX President Director Australia Seiya Ito said the development of the RAP, which is a public document outlining measurable things the company will do to contribute to reconciliation, was a significant and timely step for INPEX given its growth as a business in Australia. He also said it was of personal importance.
“During my time in Australia I have had the opportunity to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and have been encouraged by some of the similarities shared by our cultures, including our rich spiritual belief systems and great respect for our elders,” Mr Ito said.
“At INPEX our backgrounds and cultures are diverse, so we as a company respect and celebrate difference and individual experience, because we understand that this will contribute to our achievements and that success comes down to the team of people we have employed.
“We believe that in developing this Reconciliation Action Plan we are creating an important opportunity to enjoy even greater shared success, especially in the way we can work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”
INPEX’s RAP outlines the company’s aspirational plans, reconciliation vision and practical actions to build strong relationships and enhance equality and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.
INPEX also launched its RAP in Perth on 31 May 2013. The company chose to have two events as part of its commitment to build sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities wherever INPEX is active in Australia.