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Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–2020

Reconciliation Action Plan

KPMG’s second Elevate RAP documents our 10-year reconciliation journey and our future commitment to reconciliation over the period 2017-2020.

KPMG’s Elevate RAP documents our reconciliation journey and our future commitments.

Reconciliation Action Plan 2017 – 2020

The past decade has seen a seismic shift in corporate Australia’s engagement with Indigenous Australia.

Many now agree that economic development alongside employment is key to creating better outcomes for Indigenous Australians. This comes with a strong caveat to success. Until our nation accepts and acknowledges our shared past, we will never truly achieve reconciliation.

KPMG’s second Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2017–2020 shows our deep commitment to change and reflects our belief that our nation will be enriched by acknowledging, celebrating and preserving the unique and enduring cultures, languages and identities of the First Australians.

This RAP is a reflection of our decade long reconciliation journey – a journey of which we are immensely proud. We have forged deep relationships with our Indigenous partners, organisations and communities and learnt much about the history, rich culture and traditions of the First Australians.

We entered 2017 with a deep commitment to building the cultural competency of our own firm, and those of our clients and broader community. We put into action our belief that we will achieve more together, partnering with Arrilla Consulting to build the capability and capacity of Indigenous Australia, and the cultural competency of non-Indigenous Australia.

Our approach

We centre our approach around three focus areas aligned to the three elements of reconciliation: Relationships, Respect and Opportunities. These areas ensure that everything we do achieves clearly defined goals.

  1. Supporting economic and social participation: Helping to create strong economic and social outcomes is the foundation of both our organisation and our purpose. 
  2. Respecting and promoting the rights of Indigenous Australians: For over a century, human rights have been core to KPMG’s values, operations and to what makes us different. As a global signatory to the UN Global Compact and the first corporate to sign an Accord with the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, our focus in Australia is the protection, promotion and enhancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights.
  3. Fostering strong leadership for reconciliation: Leadership underpins everything we do. We aim to inspire our people to be strong leaders within KPMG, in the way they work with clients and in their relationships with, and contribution to, their community.