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Australia : IAG launches Reconciliation Australia's 500th Reconciliation Action Plan.

Insurance Australia Group (IAG) today announced the launch of the 500th Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) accredited by Reconciliation Australia, as part of a renewed commitment to support indigenous communities.

The Group said it was proud to have developed the RAP which it unveiled in Sydney today with a celebration of Aboriginal culture.

IAG Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mike Wilkins, said while IAG has always supported indigenous Australians, its RAP brings together the Group's existing work and details the initiatives that it will undertake over the next two years as part of a formal reconciliation journey.

"Today, we are simply doing what we believe is right. We are saying that Australian business has a role to play in helping to right a long-standing wrong, and as one of Australia's leading companies, we can make an important contribution to addressing this inequity," Mr Wilkins said.

IAG's RAP sets out 16 achievable and sustainable commitments that range from embedding awareness and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures among its people, through to providing career development opportunities for talented indigenous university students.

"We know this is not a quick fix, and that there are complex social issues at play, but we are pleased to own the 500th RAP in Australia, and to be another voice for change," said Mr Wilkins.

CEO of Reconciliation Australia, Leah Armstrong, said the IAG RAP was the first signed by an insurance company and she was excited about the sector joining the reconciliation community.

"Make no mistake; RAPs do make a difference," said Ms Armstrong. "Every year Reconciliation Australia evaluates the impact of our now 500 RAPs and the results suggest that the RAP program is one of Australia's most hard-working and best value-for-money programs.

"Our RAP partners employ nearly 26,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, purchase around $81 million of services from certified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and add substantially to the national effort to close the gap.

"RAPs are changing workplace culture and attitudes and are laying the foundation for significant economic and social outcomes," she said.

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