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Logistics giant strengthens support for indigenous trade

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C.H. Robinson, one of the world’s largest logistics platforms, is helping indigenous Australians to succeed in international markets with the launch of its second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

The plan, recently approved by Reconciliation Australia, outlines the company’s commitment in Australia “to continue to improve awareness and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, businesses and communities.”

C.H. Robinson vice president (Asia Pacific) Andrew Coldrey, says the second RAP will strengthen the company’s pledge to build the trust and respect the First Nations People.

“The new RAP looks to tomorrow, where C.H. Robinson plans to achieve further genuine and meaningful outcomes with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, businesses, and communities.” Mr Coldrey said.

Developing skill sets

C.H. Robinson Oceania is working with Indigenous Defence & Infrastructure Consortium (iDiC) to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses as “meaningful participants” in the international supply chain industry.

The company plans to achieve this by engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and developing the skill sets of these businesses.

Also listed in the new RAP are C.H. Robinson’s future commitments, including three new alliances with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suppliers within the supply chain space, and fostering an internal culture to ensure “openness for change.”

Since having its first RAP endorsed in 2019 by Reconciliation Australia, C.H. Robinson has engaged in several activities to show respect for the rights and interests of all Australians.

Some of these activities included companywide Cultural Awareness trainings, a smoking ceremony to officially open its head office in Melbourne and an increase in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business spending.Logistics giant strengthens support for indigenous trade_Andrew Coldrey

Exploring new business opportunities

“Our journey is only beginning as we learn and understand what it means to explore the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business opportunities within the supply chain space,” Mr Coldrey said.

“C.H. Robinson has a role to play in building capabilities in these companies and we are excited about the possibilities of bringing our continuous learning culture to help Indigenous Businesses grow in the supply chain space.

“C.H. Robinson is committed to reconciliation and ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are acknowledged and engaged as colleagues, stakeholders, suppliers, community members and consumers."

Angie Freeman, Chief Human Resources Officer at C.H. Robinson says “fostering a culture of inclusivity and belonging” is core to the company’s ethos.

“We know that rich diversity of backgrounds, experiences and opinions help us innovate, think critically, better serve our customers and ultimately, make us stronger as a company,” Ms Freeman said.

C.H. Robinson provides logistics solutions for a broad range of companies across the globe.

The company currently has $28 billion in freight under management and handles 20 million shipments annually.

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