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Red Cross wins Indigenous Employment Award


Red Cross award recognises excellence in Indigenous employment initiatives

Friday October 31, 2014

Members of the Red Cross leadership team were on hand last night to received the AHRI Award for Indigenous employment.

Last night Australian Red Cross was a joint winner of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Indigenous Employment Award as part of the AHRI Inclusion and Diversity Awards.

Our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities has evolved into a staff workforce which includes 145 talented and professional Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander staff, who know and understand their communities. This currently represents 5.2% percent of our total staff.

Red Cross has a targeted approach to employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with the aim of having 6% of our staff workforce identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in 2015.

"I'm extremely proud that we have been recognised for our innovative approaches to recruiting, engaging and retaining a strong team of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff," said Australian Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner.

"A deep commitment to Indigenous employment exists at every level of our organisation, from the national board and leadership team through to human resources, our service teams and the broader staff and membership.

"Red Cross is uniquely positioned to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to build community-led solutions, and our Indigenous staff play a key role in our community development approach.

"It's a win-win for all involved. I congratulate everyone involved with Red Cross who contributes to our successful partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities," said Robert Tickner.

Chris Steinfort, Director of Human Resources, believes that one of the best ways to build long-term partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is to have a large number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working at Red Cross, to build organisational capabilities that will better position Red Cross to support Indigenous people in their communities.

"It's about making an inclusive workplace. To be recognised for the work Red Cross has collectively implemented regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment is a credit to everyone involved. It's a great achievement to win the award in such a competitive field of finalists," said Chris Steinfort, Director of Human Resources.

Learn more about how Red Cross is working together as partners with Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander communities.

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