One of our biggest strengths at SSI is the diversity of our staff and commitment to being an inclusive organisation that supports the community and the wellbeing of our people.
As a part of this commitment, we are proud to have introduced new Cultural and Wellbeing Leave to our workforce. This initiatives gives staff access to up to three days of paid leave in order to honour days of cultural significance and take care of their wellbeing.
Importantly, as a part of our work towards developing our Reconciliation Action Plan, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff are being provided five days of Cultural and Wellbeing leave per year.
The allocation of additional days of leave for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff is in line with our reconciliation commitment to shape a pathway where everyone has an opportunity to prosper.
Our end goal is to contribute to the best of our ability to an Australia that steps out in courage to build a unified, equal and respectful nation.
The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2021 is ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action,’ and it highlights how we all have a vital role to play when it comes to reconciliation, both as an organisation and as individuals.
You can read a list of 20 suggested actions, developed by Reconciliation Australia, you can take to walk with First Nations communities here.
Although only a small gesture, we hope this change is an indication of the SSI Group’s eagerness to put our words into action in walking with First Nations Communities. This is just one part of the action we are taking to help achieve reconciliation in Australia.
No matter who we are or what our background is, we all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation. Only by stepping up and playing our part can Australians collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their histories, cultures, and futures.