As part of our vision for reconciliation, WSP strives to create equitable, inclusive and sustainable societies for today and future generations.
Since we established our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2010, we have endeavoured to embed the principles of Relationships, Respect and Opportunities in our business, and to engage our people, clients and partners in the journey of reconciliation.
We always work to involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in infrastructure projects and to stimulate growth for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and communities. We’re also passionate about addressing education and career pathways, both enabling us to create strong and culturally respectful relationships.
In evolving this journey, we are increasingly aware of the complex challenges Australia faces in becoming a more reconciled nation.
Notably, as we approach Australia Day, many of you will be marking the occasion in different ways as a reflection of the incredibly diverse backgrounds that we all hail from.
26 January for many is a day for the nation to celebrate a country of freedom, democracy and whose people enjoy the privilege of receiving a fair go.
However, it is important to respect the unique status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
For our nation’s First Peoples – whose history dates back more than 65,000 years – some consider it a day of mourning, and others use the day to mark the survival of their ongoing traditions and cultures.
Charlie Jewkes, Executive Sponsor of RAP and Director of Transport says, “Our national day provides an opportunity to acknowledge and learn about our nation's past. It's a time to reflect on and learn about our national journey including the ongoing history, traditions and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“In whatever manner you choose to spend the day, respecting different views and feelings about the day is a priority for us at WSP. One that celebrates the richness that all our combined cultures and experiences brings into building the Australia of now and tomorrow.”
President & CEO, Australia and New Zealand