Staff at Tandem offices around the country have celebrated National Reconciliation Week with morning teas and have spoken about the importance of this year’s theme, Grounded in Truth – Walk Together with Courage.

At Tandem head office, Simone Leinkauf added some flavour from the Australian bush with her choc chip/wattle seed and lemon myrtle cookies, and damper, which she shared with the team including our CEO Jonathan Field.

At Tandem we recognise that at the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To foster positive race relations we acknowledge that our relationship must be grounded in truth. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have long called for a comprehensive process of truth-telling about Australia’s colonial history.

While reconciliation can mean different things to different people, the State of Reconciliation in Australia report (2016) identified five integral and interrelated dimensions to measure reconciliation by: historical acceptance; race relations; equality and equity; institutional integrity; and unity.

Safe environment for all

Tandem is passionate about providing a culturally safe and tolerant environment for all of our people.

We seek to become a recognised leader in understanding and respecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and histories and an employer and partner of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, businesses and organisations.

This vision closely aligns with our Corporate Social Responsibility objective to position ourselves as an industry leader in engaging with the communities in which we operate, and to support the development of a resilient, job ready and inclusive workforce for today and tomorrow.

In November 2018, Tandem launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which provides a structured approach to reconciliation to help guide our actions as we strive to build respectful relationships in the community.

We will begin drafting our second RAP in the next few months, building on our actions.