Our commitment to a practical Indigenous engagement strategy led to an agreement with 100% Aboriginal owned Mallard Contracting for the creation of Delta Mallard in 2015. Since it was established in 2011, Mallard Contracting has been focused on developing the skills of Aboriginal youth through the provision of turnkey solutions to clients across the mining and resources sector. In turn, Delta Group has been able to learn and apply valuable cultural insights as well as offering Indigenous workers greater scope for developing their individual career pathways. In this context, the Delta Mallard joint venture has been fundamental in developing our three-pillar strategy for Indigenous engagement.
We recognise and value Indigenous Australian cultural knowledge as a significant contributor to our operational capacity and we acknowledge the skills and experience which Aboriginal Australians can bring to our organisation.
Where possible, we provide employment and skills development to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We are committed to fostering equality by including structures and practices that remove any barriers to Indigenous engagement, employment and professional development, or which eliminate any direct and indirect discrimination in our workplace.
We recognise that developing the skills and knowledge of our staff and sub-contractors is part of building strong relationships with Aboriginal communities. We aim to establish a work environment that is welcoming, respectful and understanding of Indigenous people and culture.
Indigenous businesses know the customs, environment and needs of their communities better than anyone else. We will strive to build positive and meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities wherever we operate.
We will help develop the capability of Indigenous owned suppliers by providing support to enhance their economic prospects and sharing policies and procedures for best practice integrated management systems and behavioural safety programs.