Our Reflect RAP covers three key opportunity areas; awareness, employment and procurement. These key areas are the common themes that run through the actions of our RAP.
Through our experience of employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, and working within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in both South Australia and the Northern Territory, we identified that there was a clear need to increase awareness amongst our employees and cleaning clients about the culture and history of First Australians.
By creating an awareness of the difficulties and barriers faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people both in the past and in the present, we believe that we can provide a more supportive and understanding service and to more authentically advance reconciliation for all Australians.
At Zippy Cleaning, we feel that we can offer excellent entry-level employment opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to provide career progression opportunities. We wanted to develop a RAP to provide a framework to make employment in the commercial cleaning industry more accessible and sustainable for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people where we deliver contracts.
Although we had already commenced working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses prior to the development of our RAP, we could see that there were more procurement opportunities within our organisation and therefore felt that it was important to include this key area in our RAP.
You can view a copy of our Reflect RAP here.