Lander & Rogers commits to promoting reconciliation and contributing to Australia’s effort to close the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community.
As a commercial law firm, we seek to support the increase in representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, organisations, and businesses within the Australian legal profession, and the broader Australian business sector.
- Our Reconciliation Action Plan
- Reflections on our first RAP
- Reconciliation Action Plan - December 2017 - December 2019
- Our partnerships
- RAP contacts
In launching our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2014, we aspired to create mutually beneficial and meaningful relationships from which respect and real opportunities can grow.
Our firm’s commitment to tackling the obstacles that hinder genuine and sustainable reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community has become a genuine point of focus. We are proud to launch our second RAP and look forward to achieving new goals that continue to contribute to reconciliation in Australia.
Our second RAP is an Innovate RAP, and was shaped with progression to a Stretch RAP firmly in mind. We have set meaningful goals that allow for the flexibility of organic growth and, where appropriate, encourage the consideration of tangible targets for the future.
We would like to acknowledge the contribution of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee — Karly Warner, Aunty Pam Pederson, and Paul Paulson — for their insight and support over the course of our journey.
We launched our first RAP in 2014. We aspired to create mutually beneficial and meaningful relationships from which respect and real opportunities can grow. Towards this goal, we have learnt from and succeeded together with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities, and organisations with which we engage and work in the course of our business.
In addition to pro bono hours, donations, and fundraising, we have:
- continued to build and strengthen relationships;
- established RAP governance structures;
- prepared and introduced cultural protocol guidelines;
- raised awareness through events and activities such as exhibitions, film screenings, welcome to country performances, and regular internal communications; and
- contributed as a member of the Legal Profession Reconciliation Network and the Law Institute of Victoria's RAP Oversight Committee.
We believe our first RAP has been successful in laying the foundations for a sustainable and long-lasting commitment to reconciliation at Lander & Rogers.
We are committed to continuing this journey and excited about the progress that we expect to make through our second RAP.
We encourage you to explore the following links for a snapshot of our key initiatives and focus areas for our Reconciliation Action Plan - December 2017 - December 2019:
The foundations of our RAP are built on strong existing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and organisations that are run, owned by, represent, or assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Relationships are important to Lander & Rogers because they are the foundation to building a genuine two way exchange towards reconciliation.
Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities, and cultures is a critical component of our RAP. Respect is an intangible quality that is difficult to measure. However, we believe respect encompasses two key aspects and these underpin our RAP and our client relationships.
Lander & Rogers recognises that it is important to have an awareness of the differences in the realities facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in employment, business and education. In addition to simply being an equal opportunity employer, we must actively facilitate opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, organisations, and communities that support education, recruitment, and retention, as well as direct engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses in order to contribute to “closing the gap” in our society.
The unquestionable highlight of our first RAP, and a continuing focus for our Reconciliation Action Plan - December 2017 - December 2019, has been fostering genuine and meaningful relationships with our partner organisations.