Hall & Wilcox has joined Supply Nation, reinforcing the firm’s commitment to diversity both within its workforce and procurement processes.
Hall & Wilcox’s purpose is to enable our clients, our people and our communities to thrive. Success in fulfilling our purpose includes doing our part to improve equality of opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Supply Nation’s mission is to facilitate, encourage and promote business between corporate Australia and Government agencies and First Nations owned businesses.
Partner Nathan Kennedy said the firm was proud to become a member.
‘Joining Supply Nation is an important part of how we can contribute to Reconciliation,’ he said.
‘Including First Nations owned businesses in our supply chain complements the focus in our Reconciliation Action Plan to be the preferred legal adviser for First Nations owned small businesses. It is also an important contribution to our ESG goals as a firm.’
Examples of initiatives the firm has implemented which are designed to help close the gap for Australia’s Indigenous peoples and communities include:
- Implementing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). We are currently working on our second RAP.
- Supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which calls for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament.
- Introducing a First Nations Pathway Program. This paid program runs for four weeks and provides Australian First Nations university law students with a realistic insight into life at Hall & Wilcox.
- Pro bono assistance to First Nations regional communities, individuals and Local Aboriginal Land Councils.
Supply Nation Chief Executive Officer Laura Berry said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Hall & Wilcox into the Supply Nation community and look forward to working with them to develop their supplier diversity footprint. The measure of our collective success will be in the value of transactions between Hall & Wilcox and Indigenous businesses.’
Supply Nation connects its membership to First Nations owned suppliers to build a vibrant and prosperous First Nations business sector by incorporating First Nations owned businesses into the supply chain of Australian companies and government agencies.
Hall & Wilcox is a leading independent law firm of more than 900 people, including over 100 partners. We service corporate, public sector and private clients, both Australian-based and those offshore doing business in Australia.
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