Henry Davis York recognises and pays its respect to the strength and resilience of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities' living cultures. We recognise the need for business to play its part in achieving reconciliation and to take actions that build respectful relationships and create real opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
HDY has engaged in a variety of initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to reconciliation. These initiatives extend to who we recruit, who we do work for, and who we acquire our services from.
Each year we build on the progress of the prior years, embedding a culture of respect and creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve success. HDY's objective is to further pursue its commitment to reconciliation through the development of a formal Reconciliation Action Plan.
In July 2015 HDY officially became a signatory to the CareerTrackers 10X10 initiative and joined with a number of Australia's leading companies to advance the careers of Indigenous students in Australia. The 10X10 Initiative commits signatories to a ten year partnership with CareerTrackers, creating 3,500 internship opportunities for Indigenous students and graduates across the private sector. This long term commitment consolidates HDY's ongoing partnership with CareerTrackers; a partnership that has provided Indigenous university students with a structured internship program and professional career development at HDY since 2013.
Through our strong relationship with CareerTrackers we were able to engage in pro bono work to assist on the set up of CareerSeekers, a non-profit social enterprise that works with leading organisations to create employment opportunities for asylum seekers and refugees who aspire to obtain professional employment. We were delighted to have our first CareerSeeker join us through the program in 2016.
Pro bono legal support and access to justice
HDY provides legal assistance and support to organisations that are indigenous operated, or provide services to indigenous groups and individuals. These have included Tjala Arts, the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service Inc and the Peninsula (Cape York) Business Alliance.
We have the opportunity, when acquiring services, to engage with established and emerging Indigenous owned businesses. Choosing to buy from these businesses contributes not only to a more resilient supply chain, but also helps grow the grow the Australian Indigenous business sector, with significant, positive impacts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
One Indigenous owned businesses HDY has engaged for a number of years is telecommunication services provider Message Stick. A more recent addition is corporate travel services provider In Travel Group.