In November 2017, OBE became (to our knowledge) just the fourth agribusiness to have a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. RAPs are simple, practical plans, developed with the support of Reconciliation Australia, to document what an organisation plans to do to build respectful relationships and create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
In June 2019, Reconciliation Australia endorsed our second RAP. You can view our OBE Organic RAP here.
Highlights of the first year of our RAP include:
*Forming a Working Group to oversee our RAP implementation. Membership includes two Aboriginal women who provide invaluable advice and support along our journey, and the two most senior executives at OBE Organic
*Advocating widely for other agribusinesses to adopt a RAP or give more thought to building relationships, respect and opportunities for the First Australians. We recognise that enduring reform and change can only occur when we bring all Australians along.
*Hosting a screening of Gurrumul in May 2018 for National Reconciliation Week, and again in November 2018 to coincide with our annual strategic planning days. 60 OBE staff, guests and industry leaders attended the two events
*A media release announcing our RAP led to articles in agriculture and beef industry media
*Making more than 40 social media posts aimed at raising awareness of RAPs and reconciliation in agribusiness
*Developing draft procurement and employment strategies.
Our vision for reconciliation
Our vision for reconciliation is an Australia that proudly embraces Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as integral to our national identity. An Australia that does this will instinctively recognise past wrongs and include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in all aspects of our society.
For OBE Organic to play our role in this vision, we will work to build respect, relationships and opportunity in our business, in our supply chain, and in our industry.