Reconciliation Action Plan
GrainCorp’s corporate vision is to ‘Grow as our grain customers’ preferred partner – driven by our passionate people and assets around the world’. This requires developing leaders, growing the skills of our people, creating an inclusive culture that is reflective of the communities in which we operate, and ensuring we behave consistently with our Values: Safety, Our People, Customers, Excellence, Integrity, Our Community, and Sustainability.
Our vision for reconciliation aligns with our company’s vision – building relationships, demonstrating respect and creating opportunities – to help develop the skills and potential of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Our aspiration is to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and employees to create practical initiatives and understanding which will make a difference. We hope that these initiatives will contribute to our joint physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural wellbeing.
We aspire to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and employees to create practical initiatives and an understanding that will make a difference. We hope that these initiatives will contribute to our joint physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural wellbeing.
We have a strong respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at GrainCorp. We are also are proud of the relationships we have developed over many decades with Aboriginal communities from Duaringa in north Queensland, to Walgett in central New South Wales, right through to Willaura in southern Victoria.
We were pleased to formalise our commitment to respect and work with Australia’s first people through the development of our Reconciliation Action Plan, which we launched in March 2012.
As a company and as individuals, we believe that through collaboration we can make a practical contribution towards closing the gap in employment outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and all Australians over the next 10 years.
We will do this by:
* continuing to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees throughout eastern Australia and to provide them with ongoing career development
* building relationships in the communities in which we operate, demonstrating and promoting mutual respect and expanding employment opportunities
* supporting our employees’ journey of reconciliation and aiming to strengthen the relationships between all employees to create a fully inclusive culture.
Developing a Reconciliation Action Plan is a long-term focus and commitment for GrainCorp. We are excited about the positive benefits and opportunities this journey will bring for us as a business and for the people within our business. We look forward to working together in delivering our Reconciliation Action Plan initiatives to ensure that all our people have the opportunity to develop and live to their full potential.
About the artist: Warren Fernando
Warren is a Gamilaraay man who was born in Walgett and grew up on Gingie Mission. He first started drawing in primary school and painting in his early 20s. Warren’s artwork consists of contemporary, traditional and portrait painting and he displays his artwork on canvas or emu eggs. He has also been commissioned by businesses and schools to paint murals. Warren continues to live in Walgett with his family of three children, and works as a GrainCorp casual employee during harvest
About the painting: Culture is Life, Life is Culture
This painting shows the Namoi and Barwon rivers at Walgett, their flood plains and the dhingaa (totem animals) of the Gamilaraay, Yuwalaraay and Njayimbaa people of Walgett. The painting is about the strong connection between people, their dhingaa and the rivers.
Ya-Pung Malang: a pathway together
Highlighting the history and strong connection between GrainCorp and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Ya-Pung Malang was painted by Saretta Fielding. It tells the story of coming together to share the journey of reconciliation while at the same time, capturing a future of opportunity and commitment towards building a trustful and enduring relationship around a shared vision.
The artwork depicts GrainCorp’s footprint across the eastern states of Australia/ This is shown by the ever-widening circles overlaid with the GrainCorp logo. The circles represent the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in those areas and, together with the logo, signify respectful relationships and working together.
From Queensland at the top right, to the operations located in northern, central and southern New South Wales directly below, then onto south-eastern and north-western Victoria at top left, the artwork captures how GrainCorp’s unique and extensive operations are interwoven through the communities in Australia’s eastern states.
The wide bright yellow vertical lines across the width of the artwork symbolise the growth and harvest of grains, while the wide blue pathway bordering the artwork represents the Pacific Ocean.
The orange and black lines interlinked with all areas of the painting have a two-fold meaning: firstly, they represent partnerships, linked by reconciliation, across the widespread communities of GrainCorp’s regional operations; secondly, they symbolise the pathways and movements of grain from country growing regions to ports on the coast.
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