DLA Piper launches Reconciliation Action Plan 2012
21 Mar 2012
DLA Piper has published its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2012.
Endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, DLA Piper's RAP outlines and commits the firm to 14 key actions to help build relationships and opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations.
Tony Holland, Managing Partner Australia and Chair of DLA Piper's Diversity Committee commented: "We all have an important role to play in the nation’s efforts to see reconciliation achieved in Australia. As a firm we are committed to diversity, fostering cultural understanding and supporting our communities, particularly those suffering injustice in our midst."
"I hope our RAP provides inspiration and opportunities for collaboration within our firm, our networks and among other like-minded organisations in Australia.”
In Australia, DLA Piper lawyers have been involved in a number of initiatives in recent years that have helped build relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations in Australia.
Examples of those programs include the firm's ongoing pro bono support for the Arts Law Centre’s 'Artists in the Black' program, the firm's BreakThrough initiative, developed in partnership with The Smith Family, which has assisted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with employability skills, and participation in the annual Garma Festival in Arnhem Land.
In 2010, Melbourne-based solicitor Natasha Stojanovich participated in a Human Rights project at the Garma Festival 'Human Rights are Aussie Rules' aimed at primary aged children and Sydney-based partner Carrie Follas attended the 2011 Garma Festival, promoting cultural exchange.
DLA Piper's Diversity Committee and RAP Steering Committee comprise a representative group of partners, legal and non-legal staff from across the firm's five offices in Australia.