Cover artwork: Yuyuya Nampitjinpa, Women’s Ceremony, 2011
© 2012 Yuyuya Nampitjinpa licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited
The Business Council of Australia has released the fourth annual report of the Indigenous engagement efforts of the membership of the BCA.
In key findings:
- there was a record response rate of 81 per cent of BCA member companies compared to 74 per cent in 2011
- 76 per cent of respondents have Indigenous engagement activities
- almost a third of respondents reported having more than 50 Indigenous employees
- there was an increase of more than 2,000 Indigenous employees and more than 700 Indigenous trainees over the last 12 months
- BCA member companies provided more than 48,500 hours of unpaid work in Indigenous engagement activities.
The One Country, Many Voices 2012 survey results show that Indigenous engagement is fast becoming an essential aspect of business practice among Australia’s large companies. Employers see it as a practical way of contributing to significant social change that simultaneously makes them better businesses, and employees are starting to really value and expect it in the workplace.