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Crown takes a lead

13 Aug 2015

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Crown Resorts chairman James Packer appeared alongside Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Friday, July 31 to announce the second phase of the company’s indigenous employment program.

With more than 450 indigenous workers, many of who reside in Southbank, the company has been long recognised nationally as an industry leader in providing employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Announcing the plans in front of a packed River Room at Crown, the company launched its second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which has been classified at the “Elevate Level” (the highest category) by Reconciliation Australia.

The plan outlines the company’s strategy for increasing opportunity for indigenous Australians by providing education, training and leadership programs to help them develop their careers with the company and beyond.

The action plan also extends beyond employment and training with a $200 million philanthropic fund to support indigenous community organisations across the country.

Having launched its first RAP in 2013, Mr Packer said the company had worked hard to create a culture of change both within the organisation and the broader community.

However, he said the company still had a long way to go in its quest to help close the employment gap.

“Crown believes meaningful employment is the best way for our company to help close the gap on indigenous disadvantage,” he said.

“I am proud to say that our indigenous employment program is widely considered a best practice model and that, in July this year, we employed our 450th indigenous employee.”

“We recognise there is a lot more to do and we are committed to giving our fine indigenous employees the opportunity to move into significant management roles as our second RAP progresses.”

Reconciliation Australia CEO Justin Mohamed said the company had set the tone nationally for helping boost indigenous employment.

“Crown Resorts has proved itself a game changer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and its broader reconciliation initiatives,” he said.

“With its Elevate RAP, it has set the bar high to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is determined to succeed in its endeavour.”

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