BHP releases sixth Reconciliation Action Plan

Aboriginal Flag flying in the breeze.
Aboriginal Flag flying in the breeze.

Mining giant BHP (ASX:BHP) has released its sixth Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and its second Elevate RAP.

The RAP was developed in collaboration with various representatives from Traditional Owner groups, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, communities, organisation and peak bodies across the country.

It was developed through an extensive consultation process which involved nine forums over eight months held in every region BHP operates in.

The plan outlines BHP’s approach to respectful engagement and agreement-making, economic and community development, cultural understanding and advocacy to advance national reconciliation and the interest of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

BHP president Australia Geraldine Slattery said the company is grateful for the support received.

“We are humbled and grateful for the commitment that so many people made to share their time and voices with us,” she said.

“This Reconciliation Action Plan is intended to capture the essence of those voices and support ongoing partnerships based on trust and mutual benefit.

“We know this is only one step forward in a long journey towards reconciliation, and that we have our own important role to play in acknowledging the past, understanding the present and creating a shared vision for the future.”

An event was hosted at Kaarta Koomba (Kings Park) to recognise and thank those involved and those who contributed to the RAP. This included representatives from Traditional Owner groups in WA, NSW, South Australia and Queensland.