Winning Group has released its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), outlining its commitment to reconciliation with Australia’s First Nations peoples.

The RAP launch was marked by an event held at Winning Group head office with the unveiling of its RAP artwork by Freddy Purla.

The event was attended by Winning Group RAP advisor, Tayrn Marks, RAP Working Group and Winning Group team members. Michael West from the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council conducted a Welcome To Country.

Winning Group CEO, John Winning said, “With our company mission to create the best experiences in the world, for the world – for our customers, our people, our communities and the planet, we are proud to commence our journey to become a more mindful business of First Nations peoples, to further understand our nation’s histories and true heritage. 

“We will use our first Reconciliation Action Plan to focus on the education of our team members and our customers on the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, traditions and stories in a respectful manner. We will also use our RAP framework to create opportunities to work with First Nations peoples across our organisation, customers, brand partnerships and beyond.”

Winning Group RAP Working Group with Michael West from the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. L-R: Michael West (Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council), Shaun Coulton (Winning Group), Taryn Marks (The Royal Children’s Hospital), Alice Kuepper, (Winning Group) Horatia Hopper (Winning Group) and Emily Dahdah (Winning Group).

Winning Group head of sustainable business and CSR, Alice Kuepper added: “We are at the beginning of our reconciliation journey, so this RAP has been developed in line with the Reflect RAP Framework. The RAP working committee is made up of members across the Winning Group.

“We believe that lasting and positive change truly comes from informed and knowledgeable decisions and so learning will be at the heart of what we do. We have also consulted and engaged with external members of First Nations Community members to fully understand the ways in which we can meaningfully, respectfully and responsibly contribute to reconciliation.”

Michael West (Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council), Alice Kuepper (Winning Group) and Taryn Marks (The Royal Children’s Hospital).

Reconciliation Australia CEO, Karen Mundine welcomed the Winning Group to the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program with the formal endorsement of its inaugural Reflect RAP.

“The Winning Group joins a network of more than 1,100 corporate, government, and not- for-profit organisations that have made a formal commitment to reconciliation through the RAP program,” she said.