Rio Tinto has launched its second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which outlines how it will build deeper engagement between Indigenous communities and Rio Tinto operations around Australia during the next three years.
The Group is the first resources company to obtain an Elevate RAP, the highest possible phase achievable in Reconciliation Australia’s RAP programme.
Rio Tinto’s 2016-2019 RAP raises the bar on the Group’s previous commitments, and sets stretch targets across areas such as Indigenous employment, education and training, and business development
Justin Mohamad, chief executive officer of Reconciliation Australia, said Rio Tinto has a strong track record of following through with its RAP commitments and building meaningful partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
“In adopting an Elevate RAP, Rio Tinto joins an elite group of organisations that have taken reconciliation beyond ‘business as usual’ and embedded it in the delivery of core business practices and decision-making at the highest level,” Justin said.
Andrew Harding, Rio Tinto’s chief executive, Iron Ore, Australia, China and Korea, said the 2016-2019 RAP resets the bar for the Group’s reconciliation commitment in Australia.
“We have a unique opportunity to play a role in matters of national importance. Australia’s reconciliation and recognition journey is one of these matters, about which we are resolutely committed and proud to be a part,” Andrew said.