Developed in consultation with Reconciliation Australia, Genton is proud to share our first-ever Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). A ‘Reflect’ RAP, this marks the beginning of Genton’s reconciliation journey, informing our reconciliation initiatives in successive RAPs and guiding our ongoing commitment to collaborating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities to affect positive and meaningful change.
To support the implementation of our RAP and ensure its targets are achieved, Genton has assembled a RAP Working Group of six employees and two appointed Champions, with an aim to establish Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation.
“As designers, we recognise the significant role we play in shaping Country. We are aware of our social responsibility to contribute to the reconciliation process, and are grateful to Reconciliation Australia for helping us define the framework for our movement forward,” says Genton Principal Jamie McCutcheon, Co-Champion of the RAP Working Group.
Collaboration with First Nations peoples is a valuable and important process, which we are increasingly incorporating in our projects. The ancient histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities, their immense knowledge and understanding of Country and landscape continually broaden our design consciousness and teaches a nuanced consideration of environment and place.
Among the scope of activity outlined in our RAP, over the next year Genton will:
- Establish and strengthen mutually beneficial relationships
with First Nations stakeholders and organisations.
- Increase understanding, value and recognition of First Nations
cultures, histories, knowledge and rights through cultural learning.
- Increase First Nations supplier diversity to support improved economic
and social outcomes.
“Consistent with Genton’s Values, we see each project as a new opportunity to contribute to a more equitable and reconciled Australia,” says McCutcheon..
Please find our Reconciliation Action Plan 2021-2022 available for download here.
Genton believes in a reconciled Australia and recognises and respects the historical and continuing connection of all First Nations peoples to Country. Genton acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which our offices are located — the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation (Sydney) and the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Eastern Kulin Nation (Melbourne) — and the Traditional Custodians across Australia on whose land we design.